Luke 6-10 continues The MacArthur New Testament Commentary’s look at the longest of the four gospels. The commentary provides a verse by verse and phrase by phrase exposition of the text, taking into account the cultural, theological, and, where appropriate, Old Testament contexts of each passage. Interpretive challenges are fully dealt with, and differing views are fairly evaluated.
The Gospel of Luke is unique and provides valuable insight into Christ’s life and ministry. For example, it gives the fullest account of Christ’s birth and is the only gospel to record several of our Lord’s parables, including the Good Samaritan and the Two Sons. Use this volume of The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series to assist you in your study of this cherished and important New Testament book.
“The idea is that only by continuously, perfectly loving God and every neighbor on every occasion—even his worst enemy—could the scribe satisfy the first and second commandments and obtain eternal life. Obviously, Christ’s point is that neither the scribe nor anyone else is capable of such love. This is an indictment of the whole of fallen humanity, and the only proper response was for him to acknowledge his inability to save himself, and plead with God for mercy and forgiveness. Jesus, God incarnate, stood before him ready to extend forgiveness, grace, and mercy to him. But there is no indication that the lawyer did so; his pride and self-righteousness held him captive and he likely forfeited eternal life.” (Pages 358–359)
“The point of the account, which was lost on the Pharisees, was that mercy, compassion, and human need were more important than rigid adherence to even biblical ritual and ceremony.” (Page 6)
“What this command does forbid is harsh, critical, compassionless, vengeful condemnation of one’s enemies as if one was vested with final judgment power (see the discussion of v. 28 above).” (Page 109)
“The judge commands His people to pray that more sinners be saved from His judgment; more than that, that more evangels be sent to those sinners, because the judge and executioner was Himself executed to save others from being executed by Him.” (Page 328)
“The perfect tense verb (describing action completed in the past with continuing results in the present) translated have been forgiven indicates that the woman had already been forgiven before she came there that day.” (Page 176)