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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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.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
Bill's Matthew Chapter 18 comment about verse 6 on 12/15/2014, 11:47pm...
Most likely those that abuse and encourage, through their evil actions, children to turn from The Law and The Gospel.
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Matthew Chapter 18 comment on 12/10/2014, 7:30pm...
Hello Vanessa Sorry to hear about your father passing. It is actually twofold. You have to ask yourself who this relationship is referring to. Who is the relationship between? The relationship that was lost with mankind when Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden. We all became sinners. Romans 5 12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned The relationship was broken. So when the scripture states that he came to seek and save that which was lost. He came to seek a people whose relationship had been broken by one man s act of disobedient. He came to save them from this broken relationship. In the end, Jesus Christ mission was to save that which was lost. Matthew 1 21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS for he shall save his people from their sins. How you get saved from your sins is that you follow Acts 2 38.
Vanessa's Matthew Chapter 18 comment about verse 11 on 12/10/2014, 6:02am...
My late Dad who had been a minister for over 60 yrs. told me one time that while he was studying this passage, it became clear that we need to look the word "THAT " in this passage. "THAT " is talking about an OBJECT not a person. He said it was referring to the RELATIONSHIP between God man that was lost when Adam Eve sinned........not so much the sinner. The RELATIONSHIP that was lost when sin entered the world is what causes us to be sinners. God wants us to have a relationship w Him, but because of sin, the relationship has been severed Christ came to bring that relationship back into line. When He seeks to bring that relationship back into line, it is the sinner that is reunited w Him when he the sinner realizes he is lost.
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