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Luke 10:17 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Observe here, 1. The seventy disciples return to give Christ an account of the success of their expedition. They return as victors with joy and triumph, showing Christ the trophies of their conquest: Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name; the weapons of their warfare were not carnal but spiritual, and mighty through Christ; the powers of darkness cannot stand, but must fall before the power of Christ; the devils are no match for Christ, no, not for the meanest of the ministers of Christ, who go forth in his name, armed with his authority and power.

Observe, 2. Our Saviour's reply to the seventy disciples upon this occasion: I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven; a twofold interpretation is given of these words; some look upon them as a secret rebuke given by our Saviour to the seventy for that excess of joy, and mixture of vain-glory, which was found with them, upon the account of those extraordinary gifts and abilities of casting out devils, and healing diseases, which were conferred upon them.

I beheld Satan, says Christ, falling like lightning from heaven; as if Christ had said, "Take heed of being puffed up with pride, upon the account of those endowments which I have bestowed upon you: remember, Lucifer, the prince of pride, how he fell from heaven by his arrogancy, and labor you to ascend thither by humility."

The words in this sense afford this instruction;

1. That those whom Christ has bestowed the greatest measure of spiritual graces, ministerial gifts, and temporal blessings upon, ought to be very watchful against that hateful sin of pride, which has ruined and destroyed so many thousands of angels and men.

2. Some understand this fall of Satan not literally, but figuratively and mystically, of his ruin by the power and preaching of the gospel; as if Christ had said, "I know that this is no vain boast of yours, nor brag of your value, that devils are conquered by your courage; for when I first sent you forth to preach the gospel, and armed you with divine power, I easily foresaw that the devil's kingdom would shake about his ears, and that his power would be ruined by the power of the gospel, and that wherever you preached, Satan's strength and power would vanish like a flash of lightning, suddenly and irrecoverably."

Learn hence, that the powerful and efficacious preaching of the gospel is the special means ordained and appointed by Christ for the ruin and subversion of Satan's kingdom in the world: as the gospel is the power of God unto salvation to them that believe and obey it, so it is the power of God unto destruction to Satan, and all that fight under his banner against it.

Consult other comments:

Luke 10:17 - The Greek Testament

Luke 10:17 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Luke 10:17 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 10:17 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Luke 10:17 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Luke 10:17 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Luke 10:17 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Luke 10:17 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Luke 10:17 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Luke 10:17 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 10:17 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 10:17 - Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Luke 10:17 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Luke 10:17 - F.B. Meyer's Through the Bible Commentary

Luke 10:17 - Discovering Christ In Selected Books of the Bible

Luke 10:17 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Luke 10:17 - Geneva Bible Notes

Luke 10:17 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Luke 10:17 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 10:17 - William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 10:17 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

Luke 10:17 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Luke 10:17 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 10:17 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Luke 10:17 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 10:17 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Luke 10:17 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Luke 10:17 - Expositions Of Holy Scripture by Alexander MacLaren

Luke 10:17 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Luke 10:17 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

Luke 10:17 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Luke 10:17 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Luke 10:17 - The Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 10:17 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Luke 10:17 - Ryle's Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

Luke 10:17 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 10:17 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 10:17 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 10:17 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

Luke 10:17 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Luke 10:17 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 10:17 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament