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Luke 9:49 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Observe here, 1. St. John's relation of a matter of fact to our Saviour; namely, his forbidding one to cast out devils in Christ's name, that did not follow Christ as they did; for though only the disciples which followed Christ had a commission to work miracles, yet were there others, no enemies to Christ, who, in imitation of his disciples, did attempt to do the like; and God was pleased, for the honor of his Son, in whose name they cast out devils, to give them sometimes success.

Observe, 2. The action of the disciples towards this person: We forbade him, because he followed not with us.

Where is observable, their rashness in forbidding him of their own heads, before they had consulted Christ about it; and their envy, and emulation, in that they were grieved and discontented that good was done, because they did not do it. It is as hard a matter to look upon the gifts of others without envy, as it is to look upon our own without pride.

Observe, 3. Our Saviour's reply: Forbid him not. Because our Saviour knew, that this action of casting out devils in his name would some ways redound to his glory, although he undertook the matter without direction from Christ. We ought not to censure and condemn those, who do that which is good in itself, though they fail in the manner of their doing it.

Consult other comments:

Luke 9:49 - The Greek Testament

Luke 9:49 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Luke 9:49 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Luke 9:49 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Luke 9:49 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Luke 9:49 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Luke 9:49 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 9:49 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 9:49 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Luke 9:49 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Luke 9:49 - Geneva Bible Notes

Luke 9:49 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Luke 9:49 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 9:49 - William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 9:49 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

Luke 9:49 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Luke 9:49 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 9:49 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 9:49 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Luke 9:49 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Luke 9:49 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Luke 9:49 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Luke 9:49 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Luke 9:49 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 9:49 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 9:49 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

Luke 9:49 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament