Verses of Luke 15


Luke 15:11 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

In the two former parables of the lost sheep and lost goat, was represented to us the great pains and care which Christ takes for the recovery of lost sinners. In this third parable of this prodigal son, is shadowed forth unto us, with what great readiness, joy, and gladness, our heavenly Father receives repenting and returning sinners.

In the face of the prodigal, as in a glass, we may behold, first, a riotous sinner's aversion from God.

Secondly, a penitent sinner's conversion to God.

Thirdly, a pardoned sinner's acceptance and entertainment with God.

From the whole learn, 1. What is the nature of sin, and the practice of sinners. Sin is a departing from God, and every sinner does voluntarily and of his own accord depart from him: He took his journey into a far country.

Learn, 2. The great extravagancy which sinners run into when they forsake God, and give up themselves to the conduct of their lusts and vile affections; he wasted all his substance with riotous living; that is, spent his time, and consumed his treasure, in riot and excess.

Observe, 3. That sin will certainly bring men into streights, but streights do not always bring men off from sin: he began to be in want, yet thinks not of returning to his father's house.

Observe, 4. That sinners will try all ways, and go through the greatest hardships and difficulties, before they will leave their sins, and return home to their heavenly Father: He joined himself to a citizen of that country; and went into the fields to feed swine. He chooses rather to feed at the hog's trough, than to feast in his father's house.

Observe, 5. At last the happy fruits of a sanctified affliction: they put the prodigal upon serious consideration: He came to himself; upon wise consultation; I perish with hunger: and upon a fixed resolution; I will arise and go to my father. Serious consideration, and solid resolutions, are great steps to a sound conversion, and thorough reformation.

Observe, 6. The affectionate tenderness and compassion of the father towards the returning prodigal: though he had deserved to be sharply reproved, severely corrected, and finally rejected and shut out of doors; yet the father's compassion is above his anger: not a word of his miscarriages drops from his father's mouth, but as soon as ever the son looks back, mercy looks out and the father expresses,

1. His speedy readiness to receive his son, He ran unto him: the son did only arise and go, but the father made haste and ran; mercy has not only a quick eye to spy out a penitent, but a swift foot; it turns to embrace a penitent.

2. Wonderful tenderness, He fell upon his neck: it had been much to have looked upon him with the eye, more to have taken him by the hand, but most of all to fall upon his neck. Divine mercy will not only meet a penitent, but embrace him also.

3. Strong affectionateness: He kissed him; giving him thereby a pledge and assurance of perfect friendship and reconciliation with him.

Learn hence, that God is not only ready to give demonstrations of his mercy to penitent sinners, but also to give the seals and tokens of his special reconciled favor to them; they shall now have the kisses of his lips, who formerly deserved the blows of his hand: The father ran unto him, fell on his neck, and kissed him.

Observe, lastly, the great joy that appeared in the whole house, as well as in the father's heart, upon this great occasion, the prodigal son's returning: They all began to be merry, there was music and dancing.

Learn hence, that sincere conversion brings the soul into a joyful, into a very joyful state and condition. The joy that conversion brings is an holy and spiritual joy, a solid and substantial joy, a wonderful and transcendent joy, an increasing and never-fading joy. Our joy on earth is an earnest of the joys of heaven, where there will be rejoicing in the presence of our heavenly Father and his holy angels to all eternity: because we were dead, but are now alive again; we were lost, but are found.

Verses of Luke 15


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Luke 15:11 - The Greek Testament

Luke 15:11 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Luke 15:11 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 15:11 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Luke 15:11 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Luke 15:11 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Luke 15:11 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Luke 15:11 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Luke 15:11 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Luke 15:11 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 15:11 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 15:11 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Luke 15:11 - F.B. Meyer's Through the Bible Commentary

Luke 15:11 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Luke 15:11 - McGarvey and Pendleton Commentaries (New Testament)

Luke 15:11 - Geneva Bible Notes

Luke 15:11 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Luke 15:11 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 15:11 - William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 15:11 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

Luke 15:11 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Luke 15:11 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 15:11 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Luke 15:11 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 15:11 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Luke 15:11 - A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Critical, Doctrinal, and Homiletical by Lange

Luke 15:11 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

Luke 15:11 - Neighbour's Wells of Living Water

Luke 15:11 - Expositions Of Holy Scripture by Alexander MacLaren

Luke 15:11 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Luke 15:11 - Church Pulpit Commentary

Luke 15:11 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Luke 15:11 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Luke 15:11 - The Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 15:11 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Luke 15:11 - Ryle's Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

Luke 15:11 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 15:11 - Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of the Bible

Luke 15:11 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 15:11 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 15:11 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

Luke 15:11 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 15:11 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament