Principles of of Grace Laid Down for the Christian’s Walk
- Concerning Offenses and Forgiveness (17:1-4)
- Concerning Faith and Duty (17:5-10)
- Concerning Gratitude: Ten Lepers Healed (17:11-19)
- The Twofold Presentation of the Kingdom of God (17:20-37)
Concerning Offenses and Forgiveness (17:1-4)
1 And he said to his disciples, It cannot be but that offences come, but woe to him by whom they come! 2 It would be more profitable for him if a millstone were hanged about his neck and he cast into the sea, than that he should be a snare to one of these little ones. 3 Take heed to yourselves: if thy brother should sin, rebuke him; and if he should repent, forgive him. 4 And if he should sin against thee seven times in the day, and seven times should return to thee, saying, I repent, thou shalt forgive him.
Concerning Faith and Duty (17:5-10)
5 And the apostles said to the Lord, Give more faith to us. 6 But the Lord said, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye had said to this sycamine tree, Be thou rooted up, and be thou planted in the sea, and it would have obeyed you. 7 But which of you is there who, having a bondman ploughing or shepherding, when he comes in out of the field, will say, Come and lie down immediately to table? 8 But will he not say to him, Prepare what I shall sup on, and gird thyself and serve me that I may eat and drink; and after that “thou” shalt eat and drink? 9 Is he thankful to the bondman because he has done what was ordered? I judge not. 10 Thus “ye” also, when ye shall have done all things that have been ordered you, say, We are unprofitable bondmen; we have done what it was our duty to do.
Concerning Gratitude: Ten Lepers Healed (17:11-19)
11 And it came to pass as he was going up to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered into a certain village ten leprous men met him, who stood afar off. 13 And they lifted up their voice saying, Jesus, Master, have compassion on us. 14 And seeing them he said to them, Go, shew yourselves to the priests. And it came to pass as they were going they were cleansed. 15 And one of them, seeing that he was cured, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, 16 and fell on his face at his feet giving him thanks: and “he” was a Samaritan. 17 And Jesus answering said, Were not the ten cleansed? but the nine, where are they? 18 There have not been found to return and give glory to God save this stranger. 19 And he said to him, Rise up and go thy way: thy faith has made thee well.
The Twofold Presentation of the Kingdom of God (17:20-37)
The Kingdom of God Among them with the King In their Midst (vv.20-21)
20 And having been asked by the Pharisees, When is the kingdom of God coming? he answered them and said, The kingdom of God does not come with observation; 21 nor shall they say, Lo here, or, Lo there; for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.
The Last Days: The Return of the Son of Man to Earth (vv.22-37)
22 And he said to the disciples, Days are coming, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and shall not see it. 23 And they will say to you, Lo here, or Lo there; go not, nor follow them. 24 For as the lightning shines which lightens from one end under heaven to the other end under heaven, thus shall the Son of man be in his day. 25 But first he must suffer many things and be rejected of this generation. 26 And as it took place in the days of Noe, thus also shall it be in the days of the Son of man: 27 they ate, they drank, they married, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came and destroyed all of them; 28 and in like manner as took place in the days of Lot: they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 29 but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom, it rained fire and sulphur from heaven, and destroyed all of them: 30 after this manner shall it be in the day that the Son of man is revealed. 31 In that day, he who shall be on the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not go down to take it away; and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. 32 Remember the wife of Lot. 33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it, and whosoever shall lose it shall preserve it. 34 I say to you, In that night there shall be two men upon one bed; one shall be seized and the other shall be let go. 35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be seized and the other shall be let go. 36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be seized and the other let go. 37 And answering they say to him, Where, Lord? And he said to them, Where the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together.