Word of Jesus Part 40
Luke 17:7 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?
Luke 17:8 And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and
gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink?
Luke 17:9 Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were
commanded him? I trow not.
Luk e17:10 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 do.
The first few verses were skipped because the subject and some of the same
verses were covered in the notes on Matthew's words of Jesus studies.
Jesus is teaching us here that we are to do what Jesus tells us to do and live
like He tells us to live and then consider it our duty. We should not think we
have done some great thing but only our duty without murmuring or complaining.
We should not expect the praises of men but consider ourselves unprofitable
servants. I realize this teaching is hard for us especially in the United States
where we try to encourage self esteem. However, Jesus did not teach pride and
self-esteem believe it or not. He continually instructs us to walk in humility,
not boastful pride. Our modern attitude of, "We are king's kids and deserve the
best," is not the attitude Jesus taught. We are going to get in trouble
spiritually if we don't return to preferring one another in love, humility and
have a servants heart.
Luke 17:11 And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through
the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
Luke 17:12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that
were lepers, which stood afar off:
Luke17:13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy
Luke 17:14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the
priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
Luke 17:15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with
a loud voice glorified God,
Luke 17:16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a
Luke 17:17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are
Luke 17:18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this
Luke 17:19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee
This is a good example of true faith that causes a change or a reaction versus
shallow faith that shows no fruits.
Ten men were healed of leprosy. Only one lingered to give thanks for his
healing. He showed a true change in his life which resulted in his attitude of
thanksgiving. This one happened to be a Samaritan which the religious crowd
considered the scum. The people who were supposed to show faith were showing
unbelief. They were unthankful and didn't even recognize who it was that
walked among them.
This is why Jesus told us that we shall know them by their fruits. It is one
thing to say, "I love Jesus," but quite another to live by the words Jesus
Many say they believe in God but many lives do not reflect that they really
believe in God.
Mat 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I
will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
Mat 7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and
beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
Mat 7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not,
shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
Mat 7:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and
beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
Mat 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the
way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Mat 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto
life, and few there be that find it.
Mat 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the
kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love
one to another.
To be truly born again by God's spirit will result in a changed life. All
changes may not occur all at once but sooner or later a true "born again" child
of God will bring forth fruits in their lives that reflect what they confess to
Luke 17:20 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
Luke17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the
kingdom of God is within you.
At the time of Christ's first coming and even now the kingdom of God is
spiritual. It is within those that have been born again and have become a new
creature in Jesus Christ by faith. They couldn't see a literal physical kingdom.
That one will appear at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Luke 17:22 And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall
desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.
This is the time now. We desire to see Him but have to walk by faith until He
Luke 17:23 And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them,
nor follow them.
This is occurring even now. Many apparitions of Mary, Jesus and other strange
things are appearing to some. Go not after them. Jesus said to not believe those
things. He is not in those appearances. I don't know who or what it is but do
not follow after those appearances. The next verse describes His true
Luke 17:24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under
heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man
be in his day.
He is coming from Heaven the second time in power and glory. There may be a
quiet catching away 7 years prior to the Second Coming called the rapture but
His actual coming will be with power and glory and every eye shall see Him.
There will be no doubt who He is at that time. He is not any person that is born
among us at this present or future time. He already came as a babe in the
manager, born in the flesh and becoming one of us. He will not come that way
another time. He sacrificed His own body once and after that He is alive
forevermore at the right hand of God the Father until His literal Second Coming
to set up His kingdom that then and only then can be observed with our natural
eyes. Until that day, do not believe any miracle, vision, appearance etc of
Jesus or Mary. It will be false. Jesus said this Himself, do not take my word
He will come as lightning. He comes with the clouds and every eye shall see Him.
No other way.
Rev 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they
also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.
Even so, Amen.
Luke 17:25 But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this
The first coming was the suffering, sacrifice, death, burial and resurrection of
Jesus Christ. Jesus had to make an offering for sin. We have to be saved from
sin in order to inherit eternal life. The sin question had to be dealt with
before the kingdom could be set up. Right now the kingdom abides within each
true believer in Jesus Christ. The second coming will be with observation in
power and glory.
Luke 17:26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of
the Son of man.
Luke 17:27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in
marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and
destroyed them all.
Luke 17:28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank,
they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
Luke 17:29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and
brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
Luke 17:30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
Luke 17:31 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.
Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.
Luke 17:33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever
shall lose his life shall preserve it.
Luke 17:34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one
shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
Luke 17:35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the
Luke 17:36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other
Luke 17:37 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.
Some believe these scriptures refer to the rapture of the church. Others believe
this is after the rapture when the second coming occurs and the disappearances
are ones of judgment rather than salvation.
It does teach readiness though. Be spiritually ready for the Lord's coming
faithfully watching and praying until He comes. If we think in our hearts that
the Lord delays His coming and begin to show cruelty to our fellow believers in
Jesus Christ, He will come when we least expect it.
This doesn't mean that we are to soft pedal the gospel and water down the word.
This means that we are to teach, preach and serve God in love. We are not to
force, ridicule, persecute and beat up those that disagree with us. We are not
to Lord over other believers and force them to live how we want them to live. We
are to walk in faith that works by love.
The Catholic and Protestants churches down through the ages did exactly what
Jesus told them not to do.
Mat 24:48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth
Mat 24:49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with
Mat 24:50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for
him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
Mat 24:51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the
hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
The Lord did not tell us to put to death, burn at the stake or torture those
that we think are heretics. He told us to go into all the world and preach the
gospel to every creature. We are to say the same words Jesus said, "Repent for
the kingdom of heaven is at hand." "Except a man be born again, he cannot enter
the kingdom of heaven." "For God so loved the world that He gave His only
begotten Son that whosoever believeith in Him should not perish but have
We are to correct heretics in the spirit of meekness but never force, hurt or be
cruel to anyone who disagrees with us.
We don't have to agree on everything and join into one big worldwide church with
a pope at the head. That is no good and will not work. We can work to spread the
gospel that Jesus preached to all the world. It is not the church, rituals,
rites, mass, communion, or works of men that save but only faith in Jesus Christ
that saves individual souls. It is good to attend church with those that believe
in the word of God but the church itself is only a vessel. It does not save.
Jesus saves the soul, we are just the vessels to carry His message to the entire
world. The church in not any man made organization but a body of believers from
all denominations that have their names written in the book of life. It is not
what church I go to that determines my salvation but only who I believe in and
trust to wash away my sins and grant me eternal life. That is only provided by
Jesus Christ Himself the only mediator between God and man. No priest, rabbi,
Mary, prophet or minister is that mediator but only Jesus Christ the Son of God.
Act 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name
under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
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