Notes: November 12, 2009

The Reality Of Forgiveness And Good Works

Don’t think too highly of yourself.

Luke 17:1-10

Offenses and forgiveness (v. 1-4)

  • Sovereignty tells us that offenses will come. But men are still responsible for their sin (v. 1).
  • What could be worse than drowning? Being guilty of causing young believers to stumble in their faith! (v. 2)
  • You cannot forgive someone who does not repent. God doesn’t. (v. 3)
  • Understanding human frailty, we must not think that forgiveness is one-time-only (v.4).

Faith’s possibilities (v. 5-6)

  • The apostles realized that rebuking trespassing brethren and forgive repentant ones as often as necessary would require great faith. The asked for an increase in their own (v.5).
  • Jesus hints that what they need is not more faith, but to have real faith. (v. 6).

What do you have to say for yourself? (v. 7-10)

  • “Which of you…?” When Jesus appeals to our common experience you can expect a very basic but profound lesson.
  • Certainly none of us would treat his servants any differently from what Jesus suggests (v. 8-9).
  • It may not qualify as a positive self image, but Jesus advises a reality check (v. 10). Even if you were to obey all of Gods commandments, you’ve only done what was your duty. You have no currency to bargain your way into heaven.