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Luke 9:1 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

We heard before, Luk 6:13 of our Saviour's choosing his twelve apostles, and their several names; they were first chosen disciples to be with Christ, to learn of him, and be instructed by him, and to be witnesses of what he said and did. Now after some time thus spent in preparing and fitting them for public service, our Saviour sends them forth to preach the gospel, and gives them a power to confirm their doctrine by miracles.

Observe here, 1. The person that sends the apostles forth to preach the gospel: it is Christ himself.

Learn thence, that none ought to take upon them the office of preaching, or any other ministerial function of the church, till thereunto called by Christ himself. The apostles were called by Christ, and immediately sent forth by himself. The ministers of the gospel are now called mediately, and receive authority from Christ by the hand of the governors of the church.

Observe, 2. The power given to the apostles by our Saviour to work miracles, for confirming that doctrine which they preached: He gave them power over unclean spirits, etc. Now this miraculous power given to the apostles was necessary, partly to procure reverence to their persons, being poor and unlearned men; but principally to gain credit and authority to their doctrine; for the doctrine of faith in the Messiah as now come, and exhibited in the flesh, being a strange and new doctrine to the Jews, the truth and certainty of it was to be extraordinarily ratified by miracles, which are the broad seal of heaven, to testify that such doctrine comes from God.

Observe,3. The charge here given by Christ to his apostles at the time of their sending forth; and this is three-fold.

First, touching their preparation for the journey: he forbids them to take much care, or to spend much time, in furnishing themselves with victuals, money, or clothes; because they were to finish their journey speedily, and to return again to Christ their Master. This command of our Saviour to his apostles not to encumber themselves, when going forth to preach the gospel, teaches his ministers their duty, to free themselves as much as possibly they can from worldy incumbrances, which may hinder them in their ministerial services. No man that warreth, entangleth himself with the affairs of this life. 2Ti 2:4

Secondly, touching their lodging in their journey: Christ advises them not to change it, during their stay in one place; but into whatsoever house they entered, they should there continue till they departed out of the place, that so they might avoid all show of lightness and inconstancy, and testify all gravity and stayedness in their behavior; this being a special mean to gain reverence to their persons, and authority to their doctrine.

Thirdly, Christ gives a special charge to his apostles concerning their carriage toward such as should refuse to give entertainment to them and their doctrine: they were to denounce the judgments of God against such contemners, by shaking off the dust off their feet for a testimony against them. This action was emblematical, signifying that Almighty God would in like manner shake them off, as the vilest dust; for wherever the word is preached, it is for a testimony, either a testimony for, or against, a people; for if the dust of a minister's feet while alive, and the ashes of his grave when dead, do bear witness against the despisers of his gospel, their sermons much more.

Consult other comments:

Luke 9:1 - The Greek Testament

Luke 9:1 - Barclay Daily Study Bible

Luke 9:1 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Luke 9:1 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 9:1 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Luke 9:1 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Luke 9:1 - B.H. Carroll's An Interpretation of the English Bible

Luke 9:1 - Through the Bible Commentary

Luke 9:1 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Luke 9:1 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Luke 9:1 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Luke 9:1 - James Gray's Concise Bible Commentary

Luke 9:1 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 9:1 - John Darby's Synopsis of the New Testament

Luke 9:1 - Expositors Bible Commentary

Luke 9:1 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 9:1 - Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Luke 9:1 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Luke 9:1 - Expositor's Dictionary of Text by Robertson

Luke 9:1 - F. B. Hole's Old and New Testaments Commentary

Luke 9:1 - F.B. Meyer's Through the Bible Commentary

Luke 9:1 - Discovering Christ In Selected Books of the Bible

Luke 9:1 - Gaebelein's Annotated Bible (Commentary)

Luke 9:1 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Luke 9:1 - McGarvey and Pendleton Commentaries (New Testament)

Luke 9:1 - Geneva Bible Notes

Luke 9:1 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Luke 9:1 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 9:1 - William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 9:1 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

Luke 9:1 - Grant's Commentary on the Bible

Luke 9:1 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Luke 9:1 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 9:1 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Luke 9:1 - International Critical Commentary New Testament

Luke 9:1 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 9:1 - Commentaries on the New Testament and Prophets

Luke 9:1 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Luke 9:1 - William Kelly Major Works (New Testament)

Luke 9:1 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Luke 9:1 - A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Critical, Doctrinal, and Homiletical by Lange

Luke 9:1 - Cornelius Lapide Commentary

Luke 9:1 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Luke 9:1 - An Exposition on the Whole Bible

Luke 9:1 - The People's Bible by Joseph Parker

Luke 9:1 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

Luke 9:1 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Luke 9:1 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Luke 9:1 - The Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 9:1 - The Complete Pulpit Commentary

Luke 9:1 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

Luke 9:1 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Luke 9:1 - Ryle's Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

Luke 9:1 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 9:1 - The Sermon Bible

Luke 9:1 - Sutcliffe's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 9:1 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 9:1 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 9:1 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

Luke 9:1 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Luke 9:1 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 9:1 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament