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Verses of Luke 7

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Luke 7:44 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Observe here, 1. How our Saviour recounts and sums up the several particular instances of this woman's love and respect towards himself: she washed, wiped, kissed, and anointed his feet, according to the custom of those eastern countries. Love will creep where it cannot go, it will stoop to the meanest offices, and is ambitous of the highest services for, and towards the persons we sincerely love.

Observe, 2. The words of comfort given by our Saviour to this poor woman: Thy sins, which are many, are forgiven thee.

Thence learn, that the pardoning mercy of God is boundless and unlimited; it is not limited to any degree of sins or sinners; Thy sins, that are many, are forgiven thee: and thy sins, which are heinous, are forgiven also.

Observe, 3. What is the effect and fruit, of great pardoning mercy; it is great love; her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. Her love to Christ was the effect of his pardoning love to her, and not the cause of it; she did not first love much, and then Christ forgave her, and then she loved much. Her love was a love of gratitude, because she was pardoned, and not a love of merit to purchase and procure her pardon.

The Papists interpret this word (for) as if it were the antecedent cause of her forgiveness; whereas it is a consequential sign and evidence, that the free grace and mercy of Christ had forgiven her; her many and great sins were forgiven her, and therefore she loved much. The debt is not forgiven, because the debtor loves his creditor; but the debtor therefore loves, because the debt is forgiven. Forgiveness goes before, and love follows after.

Hence learn, that much love will follow great forgiveness. Love will work in the heart towards God, in some proportion to that love which we have experienced from God.

Observe lastly, the very gracious dismission which this woman meets with from our blessed Saviour: what could she desire that is not here granted to her? Here is remission, safety, faith, and peace; all these here meet to make a contrite soul happy: remission is the ground of her safety, faith the ground of her peace, peace the fruit of her faith, and salvation the issue of her remission.

O woman! Great was thy sin, great was Christ's pardoning grace, and great was thy joy and comfort: Thy sins are forgiven thee, thy faith hath saved thee, go in peace.

Verses of Luke 7

44

Consult other comments:

Luke 7:44 - The Greek Testament

Luke 7:44 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Luke 7:44 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 7:44 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Luke 7:44 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Luke 7:44 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Luke 7:44 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Luke 7:44 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Luke 7:44 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Luke 7:44 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 7:44 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 7:44 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Luke 7:44 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Luke 7:44 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Luke 7:44 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 7:44 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

Luke 7:44 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Luke 7:44 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 7:44 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Luke 7:44 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Luke 7:44 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Luke 7:44 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Luke 7:44 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 7:44 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

Luke 7:44 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 7:44 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 7:44 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 7:44 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament