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Luke 10:25 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Here we have a lawyer, that is, an interpreter and expounder of the law of Moses, tempting our Saviour; that is, making a trial of him, whether he would deliver any doctrine contrary to the law of Moses; he propounds therefore a question, What he should do to inherit eternal life?

Where note, he believed the certainty of a future state.

1. He professes his desire of an eternal happiness in that state.

2. He declares his readiness to do something in order to the obtaining of that happiness.

Hence learn, that all religion, both natural and revealed, teaches men that good works are necessary to salvation, or that something must be done by them who desire to enter into life: What shall I do to inherit eternal life? It is not talking well, and professing well, but doing well, that entitles us to heaven and eternal salvation; and this the very light of nature teaches.

Observe, 2. Our Saviour's answer: What is written in the law? How readest thou? Intimating to us, that the word and law of God is the rule and measure of our duty; our guide to direct us in the way to eternal life.

The man replies, that the law of God requires that we love God with all our heart, soul, and strength, and our neighbor as ourselves.

Where note, 1. That the fervor of all our affections, and particularly the supremacey of our love, is required by God as his right and due. Love must pass through and possess all the powers and faculties of our souls. The mind must meditate upon God, the will must choose and embrace him, the affections must take complacency and delight in him, the measure of loving God is to love him without measure.

Note, 2. That the best evidence of our sincere love to God is, the unfeigned love of our neighbor: love to man is both a fruit and testimony of our love to God. For he that loves not his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?

Note, 3. That as it is every man's duty to love himself, so is he to love his neighbor as himself; not as he does love himself, but as he ought to love himself; not with the same measure and degree of love, but in the same manner and kind of love that we love ourselves.

Do we love ourselves freely and readily, sincerely and unfeignedly, tenderly and compassionately, constantly and perseveringly? So should we love our neighbor also. Though we are not required to love our neighbor as much as we love ourselves, yet are we commanded to love him like we love ourselves.

Observe lastly, Our Lord's reply: Thou hast answered right. This do, and thou shalt live.

Where note, that Christ intimates to him, that the law considered in itself could give life, but then a person must keep it perfectly and exactly, without the least deficiency; which is impossible to man in his fallen state; for the law is not weak to us, but we are weak to that. Rom 13:3 The law becomes weak through the weakness of our flesh. Such as seek salvation by the works of the law, must keep the law perfectly and exactly; which being impossible in our fallen estate, Christ has obtained of his Father, that for his sake our sincere, though imperfect obedience, shall find acceptance with God and be available to our salvation.

Consult other comments:

Luke 10:25 - The Greek Testament

Luke 10:25 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Luke 10:25 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 10:25 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Luke 10:25 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Luke 10:25 - B.H. Carroll's An Interpretation of the English Bible

Luke 10:25 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Luke 10:25 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Luke 10:25 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Luke 10:25 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Luke 10:25 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 10:25 - Expositors Bible Commentary

Luke 10:25 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 10:25 - Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Luke 10:25 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Luke 10:25 - F.B. Meyer's Through the Bible Commentary

Luke 10:25 - Discovering Christ In Selected Books of the Bible

Luke 10:25 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Luke 10:25 - McGarvey and Pendleton Commentaries (New Testament)

Luke 10:25 - Geneva Bible Notes

Luke 10:25 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Luke 10:25 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 10:25 - William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 10:25 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

Luke 10:25 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Luke 10:25 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 10:25 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Luke 10:25 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 10:25 - Commentaries on the New Testament and Prophets

Luke 10:25 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Luke 10:25 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Luke 10:25 - A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Critical, Doctrinal, and Homiletical by Lange

Luke 10:25 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

Luke 10:25 - Neighbour's Wells of Living Water

Luke 10:25 - Expositions Of Holy Scripture by Alexander MacLaren

Luke 10:25 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Luke 10:25 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

Luke 10:25 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Luke 10:25 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Luke 10:25 - The Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 10:25 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

Luke 10:25 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Luke 10:25 - Ryle's Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

Luke 10:25 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 10:25 - Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of the Bible

Luke 10:25 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 10:25 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 10:25 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

Luke 10:25 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Luke 10:25 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 10:25 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament