Luke 20* The priests and scribes question Christ's authority. (1-8) Theparable of the vineyard and husbandmen. (9-19) Of givingtribute. (20-26) Concerning the resurrection. (27-38) Thescribes silenced. (39-47)1-8 Men often pretend to examine the evidences of revelation,and the truth of the gospel, when only seeking excuses for theirown unbelief and disobedience. Christ answered these priests andscribes with a plain question about the baptism of John, whichthe common people could answer. They all knew it was fromheaven, nothing in it had an earthly tendency. Those that burythe knowledge they have, are justly denied further knowledge. Itwas just with Christ to refuse to give account of his authority,to those who knew the baptism of John to be from heaven, yetwould not believe in him, nor own their knowledge. 9-19 Christ spake this parable against those who resolved notto own his authority, though the evidence of it was so full. Howmany resemble the Jews who murdered the prophets and crucifiedChrist, in their enmity to God, and aversion to his service,desiring to live according to their lusts, without control! Letall who are favoured with God's word, look to it that they makeproper use of their advantages. Awful will be the doom, both ofthose who reject the Son, and of those who profess to reverenceHim, yet render not the fruits in due season. Though they couldnot but own that for such a sin, such a punishment was just, yetthey could not bear to hear of it. It is the folly of sinners,that they persevere in sinful ways, though they dread thedestruction at the end of those ways. 20-26 Those who are most crafty in their designs against Christand his gospel, cannot hide them. He did not give a directanswer, but reproved them for offering to impose upon him; andthey could not fasten upon any thing wherewith to stir up eitherthe governor or the people against him. The wisdom which is fromabove, will direct all who teach the way of God truly, to avoidthe snares laid for them by wicked men; and will teach our dutyto God, to our rulers, and to all men, so clearly, that opposerswill have no evil to say of us. 27-38 It is common for those who design to undermine any truthof God, to load it with difficulties. But we wrong ourselves,and wrong the truth of Christ, when we form our notions of theworld of spirits by this world of sense. There are more worldsthan one; a present visible world, and a future unseen world;and let every one compare this world and that world, and givethe preference in his thoughts and cares to that which deservesthem. Believers shall obtain the resurrection from the dead,that is the blessed resurrection. What shall be the happy stateof the inhabitants of that world, we cannot express or conceive,#1Co 2:9|. Those that are entered into the joy of their Lord,are entirely taken up therewith; when there is perfection ofholiness there will be no occasion for preservatives from sin.And when God called himself the God of these patriarchs, hemeant that he was a God all-sufficient to them, #Ge 17:1|, theirexceeding great Reward, #Ge 15:1|. He never did that for them inthis world, which answered the full extent of his undertaking;therefore there must be another life, in which he will do thatfor them, which will completely fulfil the promise. 39-47 The scribes commended the reply Christ made to theSadducees about the resurrection, but they were silenced by aquestion concerning the Messiah. Christ, as God, was David'sLord; but Christ, as man, was David's son. The scribes wouldreceive the severest judgement for defrauding the poor widows,and for their abuse of religion, particularly of prayer, whichthey used as a pretence for carrying on worldly and wickedplans. Dissembled piety is double sin. Then let us beg of God tokeep us from pride, ambition, covetousness, and every evilthing; and to teach us to seek that honour which comes from himalone.
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