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Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament

Luke 20

 

 

Verse 1

Rulers in church and state are often very unsafe guides in the things of religion, and much more opposed to the truth and to those who preach it than are the common people. Hence the great importance of following the direction of Christ, Matthew 23:8-10, and of searching the Scriptures, to see whether what rulers and teachers inculcate is according to them. If it is not, all should reject it.


Verses 1-8

Christ’s authority. Matthew 21:23-27.


Verse 9

Parables and similitudes drawn from earthly things, with which people are familiar, are wise and efficient means of inculcating divine truth; and that preaching which leads the hearers to think, and draw correct conclusions for themselves, will be likely to do them the most good.


Verses 9-18

The parable of the vineyard Matthew 21:33-44.


Verse 19

Opposers of the gospel and of its faithful preachers are prone to represent their teaching as injurious to the state, and thus to attempt to set politicians and worldly men in active hostility against them. In this they would oftener succeed were it not that the truths of the gospel, plainly and kindly exhibited, commend themselves to the conscience, and thus through grace secure the common people in their favor.


Verses 19-38

Tribute to Cesar-the resurrection. Matthew 22:15-33.


Verse 34

Children of this world; men in this world.


Verse 35

That world; the world of blessedness into which the righteous enter after the resurrection.


Verse 36

Equal unto the angels; in their immortality and bliss.

The children of God-resurrection; like unto him after having been raised from the dead.


Verse 38

All live unto him; though dead as to us, they live to and with God; so that his covenant with them to be their God remains.


Verse 40

They; the Sadducees.


Verses 41-44

Christ David’s son and Lord. Matthew 22:41-46.


Verses 45-47

Scribes denounced. Matthew 23:1-33.


Verse 46

Instead of always imitating the rich and great, and following those who are in high stations, it is sometimes necessary, in order to obey Christ, to reject their maxims, renounce their doctrines, and avoid their practices. This course may subject those who pursue it to many inconveniences, but it will honor the Saviour, benefit themselves, and promote the good of mankind.

 


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Bibliography Information
Edwards, Justin. "Commentary on Luke 20:4". "Family Bible New Testament". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/fam/luke-20.html. American Tract Society. 1851.

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