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Luke 12:4 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

The second duty which our Saviour presses upon his disciples, is that of holy courage and resolution: as if Christ had said, the preaching of the gospel will stir up many enemies against you, which will malign and oppose you, vex and persecute you; but I say unto you, fear them not who can only kill the body; but fear him who, if you fail in your duty, can cast both body and soul into hell.

Here note,

1. An unwarrantable fear condemned, and that is, the sinful, servile, slavish fear of man: Fear not them that kill the body.

2. An holy, awful, and prudential fear of the omnipotent God commended: Fear him that is able to kill both body and soul.

3. The persons whom this duty of fear is recommended to and bound upon; disciples, ministers, and ambassadors, all the friends of Christ. They not only may, but ought to fear him; not only for his greatness and goodness, but upon the account of his punitive justice, as being able to cast both soul and body into hell. Such a fear is not only lawful, but laudable; not only commendable, but commanded, and not misbecoming the friends of Christ. The ministers of God may use arguments from fear of judgments, both to dissuade from sin, and to persuade to duty. It is not unsuitable to the best of saints to keep in heaven's way for fear of hell: it is good to bid a friend fear, when that fear tends to his good.

Consult other comments:

Luke 12:4 - The Greek Testament

Luke 12:4 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Luke 12:4 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Luke 12:4 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Luke 12:4 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Luke 12:4 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 12:4 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 12:4 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Luke 12:4 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Luke 12:4 - Geneva Bible Notes

Luke 12:4 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Luke 12:4 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 12:4 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

Luke 12:4 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Luke 12:4 - Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 12:4 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 12:4 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Luke 12:4 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Luke 12:4 - Church Pulpit Commentary

Luke 12:4 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Luke 12:4 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Luke 12:4 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Luke 12:4 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 12:4 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 12:4 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

Luke 12:4 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Luke 12:4 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 12:4 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament