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Luke 12:49 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Our Saviour in these verses declares what will be the accidental event and effect, but not the natural tendency, of his religion; so that we must distinguish between the intentional aim of Christ's coming, and the accidental event of it. Christ's intentional aim, was to plant, propagate, and promote, peace in the world; but through the lusts and corruptions of men's natures, the issue and event of his coming is war and division; not that these are the genuine and natural fruits of the gospel, but occasional and accidental only.

Hence learn, that the preaching of the gospel, and setting up the kingdom of Christ, though it be not the genuine and natural cause, yet it is the accidental occasion of all that war and tumult, of all that dissension and division, of all that distraction and confusion which the world abounds with: I am come to send fire on the earth. He is said to send the fire of dissension, because he foresaw this would be the certain consequence, though not the proper and natural effect, of the preaching of the gospel. There was another fire of Christ's sending, the Holy Spirit; this was a fire to warm, not to burn, or if so, not men's persons, but corruptions; but that seems not to be intended in this place.

Observe farther, the metaphor by which Christ sets forth his own sufferings; he styles them a baptism: I have a baptism to be baptized with. There is a threefold baptism spoken of: a baptism with water, a baptism of the Spirit; both these Christ had been baptized with: but the third was the baptism of blood: he was soon to be drenched and washed in his own blood, in the garden, and on the cross; and he was straitened or pained with desire, like a woman in travail, until his sufferings were accomplished.

Consult other comments:

Luke 12:49 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Luke 12:49 - The Greek Testament

Luke 12:49 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Luke 12:49 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 12:49 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Luke 12:49 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Luke 12:49 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Luke 12:49 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Luke 12:49 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Luke 12:49 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Luke 12:49 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Luke 12:49 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 12:49 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 12:49 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Luke 12:49 - F.B. Meyer's Through the Bible Commentary

Luke 12:49 - Discovering Christ In Selected Books of the Bible

Luke 12:49 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Luke 12:49 - Geneva Bible Notes

Luke 12:49 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Luke 12:49 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 12:49 - William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 12:49 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

Luke 12:49 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Luke 12:49 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 12:49 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 12:49 - Commentaries on the New Testament and Prophets

Luke 12:49 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Luke 12:49 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Luke 12:49 - A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Critical, Doctrinal, and Homiletical by Lange

Luke 12:49 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

Luke 12:49 - Expositions Of Holy Scripture by Alexander MacLaren

Luke 12:49 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Luke 12:49 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

Luke 12:49 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Luke 12:49 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Luke 12:49 - The Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 12:49 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

Luke 12:49 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Luke 12:49 - Ryle's Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

Luke 12:49 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 12:49 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 12:49 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 12:49 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

Luke 12:49 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Luke 12:49 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 12:49 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament