Matthew Chapter 18
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8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.
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The importance of humility. (1-6) Caution against offences. (7-14) The removal of offences. (15-20) Conduct towards brethren, The parable of the unmerciful servant. (21-35)1-6 Christ spoke many words of his sufferings, but only one of his glory; yet the disciples fasten upon that, and overlook the others. Many love to hear and speak of privileges and glory, who are willing to pass by the thoughts of work and trouble. Our Lord set a little child before them, solemnly assuring them, that unless they were converted and made like little children, they could not enter his kingdom. Children, when very young, do not desire authority, do not regard outward distinctions, are free from malice, are teachable, and willingly dependent on their parents. It is true that they soon begin to show other dispositions, and other ideas are taught them at an early age; but these are marks of childhood, and render them proper emblems of the lowly minds of true Christians. Surely we need to be daily renewed in the spirit of our minds, that we may become simple and humble, as little children, and willing to be the least of all. Let us daily study this subject, and examine our own spirits.
7-14 Considering the cunning and malice of Satan, and the weakness and depravity of men's hearts, it is not possible but that there should be offences. God permits them for wise and holy ends, that those who are sincere, and those who are not, may be made known. Being told before, that there will be seducers, tempters, persecutors, and bad examples, let us stand on our guard. We must, as far as lawfully we may, part with what we cannot keep without being entangled by it in sin. The outward occasions of sin must be avoided. If we live after the flesh, we must die. If we, through the Spirit, mortify the deeds of the body, we shall live. Christ came into the world to save souls, and he will reckon severely with those who hinder the progress of others who are setting their faces heavenward. And shall any of us refuse attention to those whom the Son of God came to seek and to save? A father takes care of all his children, but is particularly tender of the little ones.
15-20 If a professed Christian is wronged by another, he ought not to complain of it to others, as is often done merely upon report, but to go to the offender privately, state the matter kindly, and show him his conduct. This would generally have all the desired effect with a true Christian, and the parties would be reconciled. The principles of these rules may be practised every where, and under all circumstances, though they are too much neglected by all. But how few try the method which Christ has expressly enjoined to all his disciples! In all our proceedings we should seek direction in prayer; we cannot too highly prize the promises of God. Wherever and whenever we meet in the name of Christ, we should consider him as present in the midst of us.
21-35 Though we live wholly on mercy and forgiveness, we are backward to forgive the offences of our brethren. This parable shows how much provocation God has from his family on earth, and how untoward his servants are. There are three things in the parable: 1. The master's wonderful clemency. The debt of sin is so great, that we are not able to pay it. See here what every sin deserves; this is the wages of sin, to be sold as a slave. It is the folly of many who are under strong convictions of their sins, to fancy they can make God satisfaction for the wrong they have done him. 2. The servant's unreasonable severity toward his fellow-servant, notwithstanding his lord's clemency toward him. Not that we may make light of wronging our neighbour, for that is also a sin against God; but we should not aggravate our neighbour's wronging us, nor study revenge. Let our complaints, both of the wickedness of the wicked, and of the afflictions of the afflicted, be brought to God, and left with him. 3. The master reproved his servant's cruelty. The greatness of sin magnifies the riches of pardoning mercy; and the comfortable sense of pardoning mercy, does much to dispose our hearts to forgive our brethren. We are not to suppose that God actually forgives men, and afterwards reckons their guilt to them to condemn them; but this latter part of the parable shows the false conclusions many draw as to their sins being pardoned, though their after-conduct shows that they never entered into the spirit, or experienced the sanctifying grace of the gospel. We do not forgive our offending brother aright, if we do not forgive from the heart. Yet this is not enough; we must seek the welfare even of those who offend us. How justly will those be condemned, who, though they bear the Christian name, persist in unmerciful treatment of their brethren! The humbled sinner relies only on free, abounding mercy, through the ransom of the death of Christ. Let us seek more and more for the renewing grace of God, to teach us to forgive others as we hope for forgiveness from him.
Beryl's Matthew Chapter 18 comment about verse 18 on 3/03/2014, 2:43pm...
We have the power to change things to be how we want them to be and also we have the power to let things fall apart
EARRAK COTTON's Matthew Chapter 18 comment about verse 21 on 2/19/2014, 12:13pm...
IT S GREAT KNOWING WHAT JESUS WOULD DO AND THAT EVERYTIME FORGIVNESS IS NEEDED IT SHOULD BE GIVEN CONSIDERING OURSELVES
Josefa's Matthew Chapter 18 comment about verse 6 on 2/19/2014, 2:46am...
Born again Christians to live a holy life so that those wanting to change should learn from them and these can only be done if we ar filled with the Holy Spirit.
Faithfull's Matthew Chapter 18 comment about verse 3 on 2/14/2014, 2:47pm...
Matthew 18 3 And said Verily I say unto you Except ye be converted and become as little children ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven Converted here is referring to a transformation in which a man sincerely repents his sins unto the son of God Jesus the Christ Then is forgiven them as Jesus washes his sins away in his own blood Jesus shed on Calvary In doing so the sin no longer darkens the mans heart he than can become obedient and moldable such as a little child who does not oppose his Father but wishes to please him any way he can And unless you in this like manner become like little children you shall not enter into the kingdom of God
Toni's Matthew Chapter 18 comment about verse 3 on 2/14/2014, 6:42am...
In order to be converted we must first repent Repentance means throwing ourselves on the mercy seat of God and confessing our sins before Jesus and asking Him to forgive us of all our sins Then can we be converted this is not of our own doing We can not change or turn back to God on our own God s Word through Jesus must prick our hearts and convict us in such a way that we no longer want to wallow and live in sin The only way we can become holy and godly is by God shedding the Holy Ghost on us He then teaches us admonishes us and comforts our hearts and spread God s love in our hearts And that s when we can become lowly and meek as good little children Repentance leads to conversion which leads to humbling ourselves as little children so we can enter the Kingdom of Heaven
Dorothy cutler's Matthew Chapter 18 comment about verse 18 on 2/10/2014, 9:28am...
the heaven here is the heavenlies where satan reigns whatever we bind on earth satans activities God will bind in the heavenlies whatever we loose on earth and we want to loose people God will loose in the heavenlies bind means to tie up to fasten to shackle loose means to set free detached unfastened liberate unchain unleash so as we take our authority and do these things then people will be loosed from the power of the enemy giving them the opportunity to see and hear and understand the gospel see gen 1v6 newkjv
Faithfull's Matthew Chapter 18 comment about verse 8 on 2/05/2014, 5:30pm...
Matthew 18:8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.
this is a hard saying only because for much evil is required much doing! understand in this saying : Even Lucifer can understand should he wish to blame his wickedness on his only remaining eye even he can find hope to repent his sins. or should Lucifer wish to blame his only remaining functioning hand for the evil he commits cut it off and find hope for eternal life by first repenting, and likewise should he blame it on his evil walk as he stands up to commit evil he can cut it off and find hope so he may repent unto eternal life. Understand this the lord Jesus died for the sins of the whole world, it is for each and every one of us to accept or reject is gift of love. In the end the Question will be answered can a Leopard change its spots.
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