17:1 Then said he unto the disciples, 1 It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe [unto him], through whom they come!
(1) The Church is of necessity subject to
offences, but the Lord will not suffer them unpunished, if any of the least be
Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and
if he repent, forgive him.
(2) Our reprehensions must be just and proceed
from love and charity.
And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.
(3) God will never be utterly lacking to the
godly (although he may not be as thorough with them as they wish) even in
those difficulties which cannot be overcome by man's reason.
17:6 And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a
a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked
up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
(a) If you had no more faith, but the quantity of
the grain of mustard seed.
17:7 4 But
which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by
and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat?
(4) Seeing that God may rightfully claim for
himself both us and all that is ours, he cannot be indebted to us for
anything, although we labour mightily until we die.
So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded
you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to
(5) No matter how perfectly we may keep the law,
it deserves no reward.
17:11 6 And
it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of
Samaria and Galilee.
(6) Christ does good even to those who will be
unthankful, but the benefits of God to salvation only profit those who are
7 And when he was demanded of the
Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The
kingdom of God cometh not with b
(7) The kingdom of God is not discerned by many
although it is most present before their eyes, because they foolishly persuade
themselves that it is to come with outward pomp.
(b) With any outward pomp and show of majesty to
be known by: for there were still many plain and evident tokens by which men
might have understood that Christ was the Messiah, whose kingdom had been so
long looked for: but he speaks in this place of those signs which the
Pharisees dreamed of, who looked for an earthly Messianic kingdom.
17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo
there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is c
(c) You look around for the Messiah as though he
were absent, but he is amongst you in the midst of you.
17:22 8 And
he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see d
one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see [it].
(8) We often neglect those things when they are
present which we afterward desire when they are gone, but in vain.
(d) The time will come when you will seek for the
Son of Man with great sorrow of heart, and will not find him.
17:23 9 And
they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after [them], nor follow
(9) Christ forewarns us that false Christs will
come, and that his glory will suddenly be spread far and wide through the
world after the shame of the cross is put out and extinguished.
And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of
(10) The world will be taken by surprise with the
sudden judgment of God, and therefore the faithful ought to continually watch.
11 In that day, he which shall be upon
the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away:
and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.
(11) We must pay careful attention that neither
distrust nor the enticements of this world, nor any consideration of
friendship hinder us in the least way.
17:33 Whosoever shall seek to
save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall e
(e) That is, will save it, as Matthew expounds
it: for the life that is spoken of here is everlasting salvation.
12 And they answered and said unto him,
Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body [is], thither will the
eagles be gathered together.
(12) The only way to continue is to cleave to