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Luke 2:32 Commentary - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

32. To lighten the Gentiles The secular and unspiritual masses of Jews fell into the fanatical and arrogant notion, that Christ was to be merely a circumscribed and exclusively Jewish Messiah; the twelve apostles could hardly be made to resign that notion. Even after the resurrection it took the independence of a martyred Stephen and all the powers of an inspired Paul to assert the full rights of the Gentiles in the Church of God. Scholars have said that in the work of opening the gates of Christianity to the Gentiles Stephen was the forerunner of Paul. Might it not be said that Simeon was the forerunner of Stephen, and the Gentile Luke the historian of both? Yet the true doctrine on the subject is explicitly and repeatedly declared not only here but in the prophecies of the Old Testament. Compare Isa 9:2; Isa 40:1; Isa 49:6. Those who understood the prophets, and caught their true spirit like Simeon, would not need the power of prophecy to understand those passages.

Consult other comments:

Luke 2:32 - The Greek Testament

Luke 2:32 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Luke 2:32 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Luke 2:32 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Luke 2:32 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Luke 2:32 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Luke 2:32 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 2:32 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Luke 2:32 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Luke 2:32 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Luke 2:32 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 2:32 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Luke 2:32 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 2:32 - Church Pulpit Commentary

Luke 2:32 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Luke 2:32 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 2:32 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 2:32 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 2:32 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Luke 2:32 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 2:32 - Combined Bible Commentary

Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments