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Luke 9:18 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

These verses relate to us a private conference which our Saviour had with his disciples, touching their own, and others' opinion concerning himself.

Where observe, 1. Our Saviour's enquiry, what the generality of the people thought and said of him: Whom do men say that I am? Not as if Christ were ignorant, or did vain gloriously enquire after the opinion of the multitude; but his intention and design was to settle and more firmly establish his disciples in the belief of his being the true and promised Messiah. The disciples tell him, some took him to be John the Baptist: some, Elias; some one of the prophets. It is no new thing, it seems to find diversity of judgments and opinions concerning Christ and the affairs of his kingdom.

Observe, 2. Peter, as the mouth of all the apostles, and in their names, makes a full and open profession of Christ, acknowledging him to be the true and promised Messiah: Thou art the Christ of God.

Learn thence, that the veil of Christ's human nature did not keep the eye of his disciples' faith from discerning him to be truly and really God: Thou are the Christ of God.

Observe, 3. The charge and special injunction given by Christ to tell no man of him: that is, not commonly to publish, and openly to declare him to be the Son of God, because being in his state of humiliation, the glory of his divinity was to be concealed until his resurrection; he was then declared to be the Son of God with power, Rom 1:4

Observe lastly, the great wisdom of our Saviour in acquainting his disciples with the near approach of his death and sufferings: The Son of man must suffer many things, etc.

This our Saviour did,

1. To prevent that scandal and offence which otherwise they might have taken at his sufferings.

2. The better to fit and prepare them to bear that great trial when it did come.

3. To correct the error which they had entertained concerning the temporal kingdom of the Messiah, and that he was to be a great and mighty prince here upon earth; for these reasons did Christ frequently acquaint his disciples with his sufferings.

Consult other comments:

Luke 9:18 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Luke 9:18 - The Greek Testament

Luke 9:18 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Luke 9:18 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 9:18 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Luke 9:18 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Luke 9:18 - B.H. Carroll's An Interpretation of the English Bible

Luke 9:18 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Luke 9:18 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Luke 9:18 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Luke 9:18 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 9:18 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 9:18 - Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Luke 9:18 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Luke 9:18 - F.B. Meyer's Through the Bible Commentary

Luke 9:18 - Discovering Christ In Selected Books of the Bible

Luke 9:18 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Luke 9:18 - McGarvey and Pendleton Commentaries (New Testament)

Luke 9:18 - Geneva Bible Notes

Luke 9:18 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Luke 9:18 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 9:18 - William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 9:18 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

Luke 9:18 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Luke 9:18 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 9:18 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Luke 9:18 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 9:18 - Commentaries on the New Testament and Prophets

Luke 9:18 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Luke 9:18 - A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Critical, Doctrinal, and Homiletical by Lange

Luke 9:18 - Expositions Of Holy Scripture by Alexander MacLaren

Luke 9:18 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Luke 9:18 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

Luke 9:18 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Luke 9:18 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Luke 9:18 - The Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 9:18 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

Luke 9:18 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Luke 9:18 - Ryle's Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

Luke 9:18 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 9:18 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 9:18 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 9:18 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

Luke 9:18 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Luke 9:18 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 9:18 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament