Luke 18

Luke 18:1-8.267 Whether the parable of the importunate widow was uttered as the sequel to the preceding discourse, I am not prepared to say; but this at least is plain, that the parable connects itself very naturally with what had just gone before, though there seems to me a more general form of the truth also (as is common with our Evangelist) so as to fit in admirably with what follows. It forms, therefore, a pendant as well as a transition. But the connection with Luke 17 is of impo...

Luke 17

Luke 17:1-4.248 The chapter opens with instruction which follows from what we have already seen. The Jewish system was judged. It was to be left entirely behind. Present favour and earthly prosperity were no test’s of God’s estimate. That which is unseen will entirely reverse the actual condition of things. Lazarus quits the world for Abraham’s bosom, the rich man is afterwards tormented in hell; but from both the infinite moment of the Word of God is seen for every soul. Here th...

Luke 16

Luke 16:1-13.237 398 The Lord here addresses His disciples.399 The last chapter consisted of parables spoken to the publicans and sinners that drew near to hear Him in the presence of the murmuring Pharisees and scribes. They had for their object to show how the sovereign grace of God makes the lost to be saved, and in this the mind and temper of Heaven in contrast with the self-righteous of the earth. Now we have a weighty instruction for disciples. It is no longer sinners shown th...

Luke 15

Luke 15 229 380 In the latter part of Luke 14 we saw the Lord’s terms, if I may so say, to the multitude that was following Him. There He laid down that, except a man came to Him hating father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he could not be His disciple. “And whosoever doth not bear his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” Thus first He insists on a thorough break with nature, and next that this shall continue. Hence in His illu...

Luke 14

Luke 14:1-6.222 The last chapter had closed with the setting aside of the Jew and the judgment of Jerusalem. We have now the moral principles involved set forth in Luke 14. The Lord was asked to “the house of one of the rulers [who was] of the Pharisees to eat bread on [the] sabbath.” One might have expected, if there were anything holy or any appreciation of grace, now was the time for it. But not so. They were watching Him. They, ignorant of God, looked for evil, desired evil. God w...

Luke 12

Luke 12:1-12.191 318 Matt. 10:26-33, 19-20; Matt. 12:32 Mark. 3:28f. We have seen the favoured nation set aside, and judgment awaiting “this generation,” not glory, and the woes upon those classes among them that stood highest in public estimation, who indeed were now the manifest adversaries of the Messiah. Our chapter opens with the Lord’s warning to the multitude who were crowding around Him, to beware of the leaven319 of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Accordingly we fi...


Luke 1 - 8. The preface of Luke’s gospel is as instructive as the introduction of either of the two preceding gospels. It is obvious to any serious reader that we enter a totally different province, though all be equally divine; but here we have a stronger prominence given to human motive and feeling. To one who needed to learn more of Jesus, writes another godly man, inspired of God, but without drawing particular attention to the fact of inspiration, as if this were a doubtful matter...

The Rich Man and Lazarus

Luke 16:19-31

A look beyond the veil or Life beyond the present.

This story shows us that there is a hell. (to be shunned)

This story shows us that there is a heaven. (to be gained)

While on earth, the Lord spoke of a “broad way” which led to destruction and a “narrow way” which leads to life everlasting. He also said, “Strive or ‘agonize’ to enter in at the narrow gate.”

The portion we have read presents to us: Two men—Two lives—Two hereafters.

· Ch 14: Earth and its hindrances.

· Ch 15: Heaven and its happiness.

· Ch 16: Hell and its horrors.

This story is not a parable. “There was a certain rich man.” Verse 19. “There was a certain beggar named Lazarus.” Verse 20. In no parable is an individual named, as here.

The rich man was “clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day.” He wore the most expensive, custom made clothes and ate the choicest gourmet foods. He was successful—prestigious—admired—esteemed in the community. Ostentatiously, he displayed his great wealth. He was not guilty of any vulgar sin. He probably was a religious man—but had no real love for God.

Luke 4

The temptation of Jesus. V1-13.

Notice the phrases.

· And Jesus being full of the Holy Spirit. (Verse1)

· And was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. (Verse 1)

· And returned in the power of the Spirit. (Verse 14)

Our Lord was always filled with the Holy Spirit. This was the reason for His victory over temptation, for His fortitude under pressure, for His power over disease – demons - death.

For victory in our lives - for the joy of the Lord in our hearts we too must be filled with the Holy Spirit.

To be filled with the Holy Spirit means to be completely yielded to Him.

It means to be completely obedient to the Word of God.

It means to be cleansed from every known sin.

It means to be richly indwelt by the Word of God.

The temptation of Jesus took place in three different places. The wilderness - a mountain - the Temple in Jerusalem.

Notice the means Jesus employed to defeat Satan. He used the Word of God - the sword of the Spirit. Heb. 4:12

The first temptation concerned the body.

The second, the soul.

The third, the spirit.

They appealed respectively to the lust of the flesh - the eyes - the pride of life.

There are some who say that the temptation is meaningless if Jesus was not able to sin. The fact is that Jesus is God, and God cannot sin. The Lord never relinquished any of the attributes of deity.

Luke 3

In the first 20 verses we have a birds-eye view of the life of John the Baptist.

In the first six verses the beginning of his ministry is mentioned.

The nation was in a mess politically and religiously.

Politically, Israel was strangled by having one emperor, one governor, and three tetrarchs to hold them in subjugation.

Religiously, it was absolute chaos because they had two high priests.

At this time the Word of God came upon John. “There was a man sent from God whose name was John.” At this time of religious apostasy, he was the only man to whom God could entrust His message for that generation. Desert: Moses, David, Elijah, the Lord.

On receiving this message from God, he immediately traveled to the area around Jordan. There he called on the nation to repent of its sins, and to show their repentance by being baptized. His ministry was the fulfillment of Isaiah 40:3-5. By his ministry John was seeking to prepare the nation for the coming of the Messiah.

John’s ministry was effective - many responded. To the insincere he said that they were “vipers.” Verse 7. They were pretenders, in that they had shown no repentance. Though they claimed to be of the seed of Abraham, yet they stood condemned. Note John’s stinging words; Generation of vipers - wrath to come – axe - hewn down - cast into the fire.

Stung with conviction the people asked for practical suggestions of how to demonstrate the reality of their repentance. Note the three suggestions.

    1. Verse 11. Love your neighbor - share your food and clothing with him.

    2. Verses 12-13. To the tax gatherers he said be strictly honest in all your dealings.

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