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Luke 12:45 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Our Lord in these verses describes a negligent and unfaithful steward of his household, and then declares that dreadful sentence of wrath which hangs over him. The unfaithful steward, or negligent minister of the gospel, is decribed:

1. By his infidelity: he believed not Christ's coming to judgment, though he preaches it to others; He saith in his heart, My Lord delayeth his coming.

2. He is described by his hatred, envy, and malignity, against his fellow servants, that were more faithful than himself: He begins to smite them, at least with the virulence of his tongue, if not with the violence of his hand.

3. He is farther described by his associating with the wicked, and strengthening their hands by his ill example: He eateth and drinketh with the drunken; that is, as their associate and fellow companion. Thus the negligent steward and unfaithful minister is described.

Next his sentence is declared.

1. Christ will surprise him in his sin and security, by coming at an hour when he looketh not for him.

2. He will execute temporal vengeance upon him; he will cut him in pieces, as the Jews did their sacrifices, dividing them into two parts.

Hence some observe, that God seldom suffers slothful, sensual ministers to live out half their days.

3. Christ will punish them with eternal destruction also: Appoint them their portion with unbelievers.

Teaching us, that such ministers as neglect the service of God, and the souls of their people, as they are ranked amongst the worst sinners in this life, so shall they be punished with them in the severest manner in the next. When Satan destroys the souls of men, he shall answer for it as a murderer only, not as an officer that was intrusted with the care of souls. But if the steward does not provide, if the shepherd does not feed, if the watchman does not warn, they shall answer, not only for the souls that have miscarried, but for an office neglected, for a talent hidden, and for a stewardship unfaithfully managed. Woe unto us, if at the great day we hear distressed souls roaring out their complaints, and howling out their doleful accusations against us, say, "Lord, our stewards have defrauded us, our watchmen have betrayed us, our guides have misled us," verse 48. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required; and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

Hence we learn,

1. That whatever we receive from God, is both a gift and a talent.

2. That every one has some gift or talent from God to be improved for God.

3. That God's gifts or talents are not given to all in the same measure.

4. That whether we receive little or much, all is in order to an account.

5. That answerable to our present talents will be our future accounts. The greater opportunities a man has of knowing his duty, and the greater abilities he has for doing good, if he does it not, the greater will be his condemnation, because the neglect of his duty in this case cannot be without a great deal of willfulness and contempt, which is an heinous aggravation. If thy gifts be mean, the less thou hast to account for; if greater than others, God expects thou should do more good than others, for where much is given, much will be required.

Consult other comments:

Luke 12:45 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 12:45 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Luke 12:45 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Luke 12:45 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Luke 12:45 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Luke 12:45 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 12:45 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 12:45 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Luke 12:45 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Luke 12:45 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Luke 12:45 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 12:45 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

Luke 12:45 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 12:45 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Luke 12:45 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Luke 12:45 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Luke 12:45 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Luke 12:45 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 12:45 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 12:45 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Luke 12:45 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 12:45 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament