for this week: Phil 4:9 Those things,
which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me,
do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
We continue our study of
the book of Luke this week as we continue in chapter 12. Last week,
we studied the first half of Chapter 12 where Jesus warned the
people to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees. He further taught
on the danger of the sin of covetousness, and we closed studying how
we should be people without anxiety. If we trust the Lord the way
we should, we will know that he will provide all things that we
I. Waiting for
the Lordís Return
12:35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;
12:36 And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord,
when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and
knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.
God wants us to
be people not only waiting for their Lord, but prepared and showing
forth good works at His coming. The language is figurative in these
verses. The bridegroom at the wedding ceremony would go forth to
meet his bride in the days of Christ. They would return to his own
home. His friends would be attired and waiting. In other words,
their loins would be girded about and their lights would be burning
as they went out to meet the bridegroom. The light of testimony is
to be kept shining during the time of our Lordís personal absence.
The loins in
verse 35 speak of the Ďloins of the mindí.
Pet 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and
hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the
revelation of Jesus Christ;
The girdle is
the truth of God.
6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and
having on the breastplate of righteousness;
6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of
6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be
able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
In these days,
they wore long flowing robes that were held in place with a
girdle. We are to keep every thought captive to the obedience of
Christ it says in II Corinthians 10:5.
Cor 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that
exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into
captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Just as those
friends of the Eastern bridegroom waited eagerly for him to bring
his bride back home where they could rejoice together, we are to
maintain an attitude of expectancy while we wait for the return of
our Savior. We donít know when he will return, so we should be
waiting in expectancy each moment. He truly might come today.
12:37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh
shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird
himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and
If we are true
disciples of the Lord and are eagerly awaiting his coming, it tends
to sanctify us as we wait for His return. We are called to serve
in faithfulness today. By serving in faith, we will one day reign
8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons
8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear;
but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba,
8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are
the children of God:
8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs
with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also
Tim 2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny
him, he also will deny us:
Tim 2:13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny
5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the
book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast
redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue,
and people, and nation;
5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall
reign on the earth.
12:38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the
third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
12:39 And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known
what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have
suffered his house to be broken through.
12:40 Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an
hour when ye think not.
The Roman watch
was three hours long. The night was divided into four watches. If
the Lord came in the second watch it would still be dark, but
whichever time he comes, if he finds his faithful servants watching
they will be blessed. He goes on to explain that if the man of the
house had know what time the thief was going to break in, he would
have been waiting on him. He would not have been taken by surprise
and would have guarded his home.
Our Lord wants
us to be always alert since we do not know what hour He will
return. To the unwatchful ones, the Lordís return will be
unexpected and unwelcome. It will come as a thief in the night.
We are told in verse 40 that he comes in an hour we think not.
25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins,
which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
25:2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
25:3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with
25:4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom
cometh; go ye out to meet him.
25:7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
25:8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for
our lamps are gone out.
25:9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not
enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy
25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they
that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was
25:11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord,
open to us.
25:12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you
In the parable
of the virgins with the lamps, we find that some of them did not
have oil. The oil speaks of the Holy Spirit. When the bridegroom
came, they asked that those who had oil share it with them, but they
told them no. They left to buy oil, and when they returned, they
had missed the bridegroom. It will be like that on the day Christ
returns. If we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us due to
being saved, we will be ready to go. Those who have put it off
will be unprepared.
said this about these verses on the bridegroom.
Christ our Master,
though now gone from us, will return again, return
from the wedding, from solemnizing the nuptials abroad,
to complete them at home. Christís servants are now in a
state of expectation, looking for their Masterís glorious
appearing, and doing every thing with an eye to that, and
in order to that. He will come to take cognizance of
his servants, and, that being a critical day, they shall
either stay with him or be turned out of doors, according as they
are found in that day.
3. The time of our
Masterís return is uncertain; it will be in the night, it
will be far in the night, when he has long deferred
his coming, and when many have done looking for him; in the
second watch, just before midnight, or in the third watch,
next after midnight, v. 38. His coming to us, at our death, is
uncertain, and to many it will be a great surprise; for the Son
of Man cometh at an hour that ye think not (v. 40), without
giving notice beforehand. This bespeaks not only the uncertainty of
the time of his coming, but the prevailing security of the greatest
part of men, who are unthinking, and altogether regardless of
the notices given them, so that, whenever he comes, it is in an
hour that they think not.
12:41 Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable
unto us, or even to all?
Christ whether this illustration was used for themselves alone or
for all of Christís disciples. The answer he gives shows that it
is intended for all professed believers to the end of the
II. Parable of
the Steward and His Servants
12:42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise
steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give
them their portion of meat in due season?
12:43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall
find so doing.
12:44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over
all that he hath.
promises to reward each faithful servant when He returns. He
pronounces blessing on the servant whom He will find so doing at His
return. There will be special blessings to the servants who are
watching and are faithful to God.
12:45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth
his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and
to eat and drink, and to be drunken;
12:46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh
not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him
in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
12:47 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared
not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with
12:48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of
stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much
is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have
committed much, of him they will ask the more.
Christ tells of
judgment that will be meted out in that day. God will not be
unrighteous in dealing with anyone. Those who are not prepared
wonít have a second chance to get it right. Those who knew the
Lordís will and did it not will be punished more than those who knew
not. What is Godís will for all men?
Tim 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our
Tim 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the
knowledge of the truth.
Tim 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men,
the man Christ Jesus;
Tim 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due
teaches us that responsibility and privilege go together. In our
dealings with others, we recognize that here on earth. When God
commits any talent, ability, or knowledge of truth to His servants,
he wants it used to His honor and glory. To tail to act in
accordance with the revealed will of God will cause us to suffer
loss when we are called to give an account of our stewardship at the
judgment seat of Christ. On that day, all of our works will be
tested by the fire of Godís holiness.
Cor 3:10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a
wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth
thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
Cor 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid,
which is Jesus Christ.
Cor 3:12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver,
precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
Cor 3:13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall
declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall
try every man's work of what sort it is.
Cor 3:14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he
shall receive a reward.
Cor 3:15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss:
but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
III. Christ is
a Divider of Men
12:49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it
be already kindled?
The symbol of
fire speaks of God acting in judgment against sin. Jesus told his
followers that he came not to condemn men, but to save them. Yet
the world puts itself in the place of condemnation by rejecting
12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on
me should not abide in darkness.
12:47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him
not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one
that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge
him in the last day.
8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in
Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me
free from the law of sin and death.
8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the
flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and
for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
12:50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I
straitened till it be accomplished!
12:51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you,
Nay; but rather division:
12:52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided,
three against two, and two against three.
12:53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son
against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the
daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter
in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
Jesus speaks of here in verse 50 is the divine judgment which he was
to undergo on the cross of Calvary. His own soul was deeply moved
as He looked forward to the cross and the judgment of sin that He
was to endure there. There on the cross of Calvary, Jesus divided
the world. Some will believe, others will reject the message of
salvation. He warns how that five in a house will be divided 2
against 3. Families will be divided because of Christ. One of
the ladies I have met that has really moved me is Mrs. Isaacs of the
singing Isaacs group. She was born a Jew, and when she accepted
Christ as Lord and Savior, none of her family would have anything to
do with her. But she still loves her family and tries to reach
them for Christ. The reason there is so much division is due to
peopleís attitudes towards Jesus Christ. Those who love Him honor
and respect Him. Those who reject Him want nothing to do with Him.
They refuse to have him reign over their lives.
12:54 And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out
of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it
12:55 And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be
heat; and it cometh to pass.
12:56 Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the
earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?
Jesus points out
how the people could look at the sky and discern what was about to
happen with the weather. But those same ones could not see the
signs of the Lord and what was about to come on earth. They had the
Scriptures of the prophets in their hands, yet they seemed to not
understand anything about Christís coming. They could not see the
signs being fulfilled all about them.
12:57 Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?
12:58 When thou goest with thine adversary to the magistrate, as
thou art in the way, give diligence that thou mayest be delivered
from him; lest he hale thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee
to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison.
12:59 I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence, till thou hast
paid the very last mite.
speak of how things in this life can be settled out of court. We
had better get things settled in this life about salvation. It
will be too late to settle matters at the judgment seat of Christ
for the Christian. You will suffer loss if you wait to confess sin
and set things right with God. If you are lost, there will be no
hope for the sinner at the Great White Throne Judgment of God. All
will hear him cast them into the flames of Hell. If you want to be
saved, you must do it in this life.
J Vernon McGee
said this about peace coming on earth.
We need to realize and
recognize what kind of world we are living in. Man thinks he is big
enough and good enough to bring peace on the earth. This is a
fallacyóman is a warmonger. The United Nations was formed to bring
peace and to keep peace on earth. May I say, the United Nations is
one of the best fighting arenas in the world today! We need
to realize that until Christ comes there can be no real peace.
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