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Verses of Luke 17

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Luke 17:7 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

The design and scope of this parable is to show, that Almighty God neither is nor can be a debtor to any of his creatures for the best service which they were able to perform unto him; and that they are so far from meriting a reward of justice, that they do not deserve a return of thanks.

Three arguments our Saviour makes use of to evidence and prove this:

1. In respect to God, who is our absolute Lord and Master; and the argument lies thus, "If earthly masters do not owe so much as thanks to their servants for doing that which is commanded them, how much less can God owe the reward of eternal life to his servants, when they are never able to do all that is commanded them, in a perfect and sinless manner?"

2. In respect to ourselves, who are his bond-servants, his ransomed slaves, and consequently we are not our own men, but his who hath redeemed us: and accordingly do owe him all that service, yea, more than all that we are able to perform unto him: and therefore whatever reward is either promised or given, it is wholly to be ascribed to the Master's bounty, and not to the servants' merit.

3. To merit any thing by our good works is impossible, in regard of the works themselves, because all that we can do, although we did do all that is commanded us, is but our duty. The argument runs thus: "To bounden duty belongs no reward of justice; but all the service we do perform, yea, more than we can perform to God, is bounden duty; therefore there is due unto us no reward of justice but of free mercy."

From the whole note,

1. That we are wholly the Lord's, both by a right of creation and redemption also.

2. That as his we are, so him we ought to serve, by doing all those things which he hath commanded us.

3. That when we have done all, we are to look for our reward, not of debt, but of grace.

4. That were our service and obedience absolutely perfect, yet it could not merit any thing at the hand of justice: When you have done all, say... etc.

Verses of Luke 17

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Luke 17:7 - The Greek Testament

Luke 17:7 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Luke 17:7 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 17:7 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Luke 17:7 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Luke 17:7 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Luke 17:7 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Luke 17:7 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Luke 17:7 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Luke 17:7 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 17:7 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 17:7 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Luke 17:7 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Luke 17:7 - Geneva Bible Notes

Luke 17:7 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Luke 17:7 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 17:7 - William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 17:7 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

Luke 17:7 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Luke 17:7 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 17:7 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 17:7 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Luke 17:7 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Luke 17:7 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

Luke 17:7 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Luke 17:7 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Luke 17:7 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Luke 17:7 - The Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 17:7 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Luke 17:7 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 17:7 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 17:7 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 17:7 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

Luke 17:7 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 17:7 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament