Luke 17* To avoid offences, To pray for increase of faith, Humilitytaught.11-19. Ten lepers cleansed. (1-10) Christ's kingdom.(20-37)1-10 It is no abatement of their guilt by whom an offencecomes, nor will it lessen their punishment that offences willcome. Faith in God's pardoning mercy, will enable us to get overthe greatest difficulties in the way of forgiving our brethren.As with God nothing is impossible, so all things are possible tohim that can believe. Our Lord showed his disciples their needof deep humility. The Lord has such a property in everycreature, as no man can have in another; he cannot be in debt tothem for their services, nor do they deserve any return fromhim. 11-19 A sense of our spiritual leprosy should make us veryhumble whenever we draw near to Christ. It is enough to referourselves to the compassions of Christ, for they fail not. Wemay look for God to meet us with mercy, when we are found in theway of obedience. Only one of those who were healed returned togive thanks. It becomes us, like him, to be very humble inthanksgivings, as well as in prayers. Christ noticed the one whothus distinguished himself, he was a Samaritan. The others onlygot the outward cure, he alone got the spiritual blessing. 20-37 The kingdom of God was among the Jews, or rather withinsome of them. It was a spiritual kingdom, set up in the heart bythe power of Divine grace. Observe how it had been with sinnersformerly, and in what state the judgments of God, which they hadbeen warned of, found them. Here is shown what a dreadfulsurprise this destruction will be to the secure and sensual.Thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.When Christ came to destroy the Jewish nation by the Romanarmies, that nation was found in such a state of false securityas is here spoken of. In like manner, when Jesus Christ shallcome to judge the world, sinners will be found altogetherregardless; for in like manner the sinners of every age go onsecurely in their evil ways, and remember not their latter end.But wherever the wicked are, who are marked for eternal ruin,they shall be found by the judgments of God.
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