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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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.
Charlie-Marie's Matthew Chapter 18 comment about verse 20 on 6/03/2013, 11:02am...
It means that it does not matter where you worship, or how many are in your Church so long as you are gathered there in His name. He is in ALL Christian Churches.
Linda's Matthew Chapter 18 comment about verse 11 on 5/29/2013, 3:57am...
THAT which was lost was the KINGDOM OF GOD LIFE ON EARTH. Jesus LEGALLY restored that to all who will receive HIM,and choose THE WORD OF GOD for our guidance in all things. We are to be witnesses to others of the now-restored Kingdom of God Life....and letting nothing that Jesus died and paid for have been done in vain for each of us....bringing joy to our Lord and glory and honor to ALMIGHTY GOD.
One's Matthew Chapter 18 comment on 5/26/2013, 1:00pm...
Matthew Chapter 18.
The importance of humbling ourselves, seeking to find peace with one another, and truly forgiving eveyone who has ever offended you, no matter what they have done to you.
How important is it for us to search ourselves, and seek to find if we still have a grudge toward anyone on this earth; Wow it actually means life or death! If we don't forgive immendiatly, or asap; We have the danger of walking around with a hidden offense in our hearts; where we can't see it, or be aware of it, and not even realize that it's been the reason for most of the damage in are lives over the couse of the next ten to 20 years, or more;
Killing our marraiges, harming are children's lives,destroying the quality of our lives, and after all that damage; Then sending us to hell?............
How devastating, How major! it seems to be one of the most inmportant focuses of our lives, cause without mercy; we are not forgiven, thus damed.
Jesus says in Matthew 18 between verse 3&4 that if we don't humble ourselves as a little child, we won't make it to everlasting life; Which is that perfect life; the life that God intented for us to have.
So here we have: HUMBLE YOURSELF,BE CAUTIOUS NOT TO BE OFFENSIVE,SEEK FOR PEACE, AND FORGIVE EVERY OFFENSE ANYONE HAS EVER GIVEN YOU; Without, we have no salvation, and are doomed.
Ekaete umoh's Matthew Chapter 18 comment about verse 19 on 4/29/2013, 5:27am...
this is like strengthen the other part of the scripture that two will chase 10,000. in real sense if one chase a thousand two should chase 2,000. but the miracle of agreement is the issues here God Himself being present adds the supernatural aspect which we cannot explain. therefore, if two people can just come to a point of agreement with God whatever they ask wiil be done.
Arnold's Matthew Chapter 18 comment about verse 20 on 4/11/2013, 5:38pm...
If there is strength in numbers, why not "where two or more are gathered". No this quote has a deeper meaning.
Loye's Matthew Chapter 18 comment on 3/27/2013, 2:12am...
Where two or more people are gathered together in perfect love and unity with no form of discord, Christ dwells in their midst, for that name is LOVE.
Chintu's Matthew Chapter 18 comment about verse 20 on 2/12/2013, 8:03am...
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