Matthew Chapter 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.
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Matthew Henry's Matthew Chapter 18 Bible commentary...
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.
Dwight's Matthew Chapter 18 comment about verse 32 on 10/12/2014, 4:29am...
our value is only found through grace. the value of the debt is removed by grace. this allowed the man to be free indeed. but without a thankful heart he receives no knowledge to live his freedom. he lives by law, not grace. he 's judged himself. God expects a softening of our hearts after receiving grace. otherwise we lose joy.
Jim's Matthew Chapter 18 comment on 10/08/2014, 8:25pm...
Patti understanding is granted through the holy spirit. The eunich that Phillip preached to understood either greek or hebrew in order to read Isias the prophet. What he lacked was spiritual guidance. This only comes from God or through his messenger being filled with the holy ghost. If you desire to reconcile might I suggest following what is written in the first chapter of James. If thou lackest wisdom ask of God who gives liberally. Also a stroms concordence will give you the meanings and translation in the greek and latin.
Patti Day's Matthew Chapter 18 comment about verse 18 on 10/04/2014, 7:50pm...
The words in the original King James Bible 1611 are very different in meaning from the words in the New American Standard Revised 1995 , regarding binding and loosing. The KJB says, "Whatever is bound on earth shall be bound in heaven ", whereas the NASR says, "Whatever shall be bound on earth, shall have been bound in heaven ". The first says a pastor in good faith can bind or loose on earth and heaven will hold it to be so, while the NASR says a pastor in good faith can only have bound or loosed something that was already held to be so in heaven. How is one to understand this? The words of the King James Bible contradict the words of the NASR.
Dharam's Matthew Chapter 18 comment about verse 11 on 8/14/2014, 7:56am...
Thank God for the shed blood of Jesus. Now we have been reconciled to the Father by receiving Jesus as our Lord and Saviour.
Blessed's Matthew Chapter 18 comment on 8/14/2014, 7:13am...
verse 15,16,17 explain the way we should forgive our brethren. go to him and if he hears you YOU have gain a brother if he don 't hear you take witnesses with you don 't go alone the second time if he still don 't want to repent take him before the church and if he refuse to hear the church consider him a heathen and a publican BEWARE THOSE WHO OFFEND A CHILD OF GOD. I don 't mind repenting because I know that it is a part of growing in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior JESUS CHRIST
MockingBird's Matthew Chapter 18 comment about verse 11 on 8/14/2014, 4:40am...
Jesus is the Son of man and the Son of God. He was and is 100 man and 100 Deity . He came to save that which was lost Linda I believe your right Adam allowed Satan to steal , kill and destroy the kingdom of God here on and in earth I had not seen that before Thanks for your comment !! I also was once lost in sin but Jesus took me in. Praise God for His Amazing Grace !!
Olabode's Matthew Chapter 18 comment about verse 11 on 8/14/2014, 2:50am...
God sent Jesus Christ not to come and condemn the world, but the world through him might be saved. He came purposely for the sinners to be saved but not for the righteous people .He gave different illustrations, for example the story of prodigal son, the story of lost sheep etc. He also went further by saying any sinner who repented of his sin here on earth, the heaven rejoices with him.
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