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Verses of Luke 13

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Luke 13:22 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Observe here, 1. The unwearied pains and diligence of our holy Lord in preaching and publishing the glad tidings of the gospel to lost sinners: He went through the cities and villages teaching; not in great and populous cities only, but in poor and obscure villages also; not preaching by his exemplary life only, but by his holy doctrine likewise. Let such preachers, who look upon the work of preaching as the least part of their business, consider the indefatigable pains which our Lord took in that work; and how will his diligence shame our negligence!

Observe, 2. A curious question put to our Saviour concerning the number of those that should be saved, whether they should be few or many: Lord, are there few that be saved?

Where note, how curiously inquisitive we naturally are after the knowledge of things that do not concern us, how forward to pry into unrevealed secrets, and to search into God's hidden counsel; it concerns us rather to understand what sort of persons shall be saved, than how many shall be saved, and to make sure that we be of that sort.

Observe, 3. Our Saviour gives no direct answer to the curiousity of this inquiry, but turns his speech from him to the people: Jesus said unto them, strive to enter in at the strait gate, etc. For the clear understanding of which expression we must know, that Christ alludes to the feasts and marriage suppers among the Jews: they that were invited did enter by a gate which was very strait and narrow; and as soon as the invited were once entered, the gate was shut, and opened no more. Here Christ bids them strive to enter into the kingdom of heaven, before the gate is shut against them, and their entrance, by means of their coming too late, be made impossible to them: Strive to enter...for many will seek, etc.

Where note,

1. The metaphor which Christ is pleased to set forth heaven, and the happiness of a future state, by; he compares it to a strait gate: to a gate, to denote the possibility of entering; to a strait gate, to denote the difficulty of entrance: a gate supposes the entrance possible, but a strait gate bespeaks the entrance difficult.

2. Here is a duty urged and enforced upon all those that expect the happiness of another life, and desire to enter in at this strait gate, and that is, a diligent and industrious striving: Strive to enter in at the strait gate.

3. We have a forcible argument and motive to excite and quicken us to the practice of this duty, drawn from the paucity, or small number, of those that shall obtain salvation in a dying hour: Many will seek to enter in, but shall not be able.

Learn thence,

1. That heaven or the happiness of a future state, is attainable.

2. That it is not attainable without labor and difficulty.

3. That all those difficulties may be happily overcome by a diligent and industrious striving.

Verses of Luke 13

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Luke 13:22 - The Greek Testament

Luke 13:22 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Luke 13:22 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 13:22 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Luke 13:22 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Luke 13:22 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Luke 13:22 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Luke 13:22 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Luke 13:22 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Luke 13:22 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 13:22 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 13:22 - Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Luke 13:22 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Luke 13:22 - Discovering Christ In Selected Books of the Bible

Luke 13:22 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Luke 13:22 - McGarvey and Pendleton Commentaries (New Testament)

Luke 13:22 - Geneva Bible Notes

Luke 13:22 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Luke 13:22 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 13:22 - William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 13:22 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

Luke 13:22 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Luke 13:22 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 13:22 - Commentaries on the New Testament and Prophets

Luke 13:22 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Luke 13:22 - A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Critical, Doctrinal, and Homiletical by Lange

Luke 13:22 - Expositions Of Holy Scripture by Alexander MacLaren

Luke 13:22 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

Luke 13:22 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Luke 13:22 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Luke 13:22 - The Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 13:22 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

Luke 13:22 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Luke 13:22 - Ryle's Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

Luke 13:22 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 13:22 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 13:22 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 13:22 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

Luke 13:22 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 13:22 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament