Christ preacheth to his disciples to avoid hypocrisy, and fearfulness in publishing his doctrine:
Luke 12:1 In the meane time, there gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, so that they trode one another: and he began to say vnto his disciples first, Take heede to your selues of the leauen of the Pharises, which is hypocrisie. Luke 12:2 For there is nothing couered, that shall not bee reueiled: neither hidde, that shall not be knowen. Luke 12:3 Wherefore whatsoeuer yee haue spoken in darkenesse, it shall be heard in the light: and that which ye haue spoken in the eare, in secret places, shall be preached on the houses. Luke 12:4 And I say vnto you, my friendes, be not afraide of them that kill the bodie, and after that are not able to doe any more. Luke 12:5 But I wil forewarne you, who ye shal feare: feare him which after hee hath killed, hath power to cast into hell: yea, I say vnto you, him feare. Luke 12:6 Are not fiue sparowes bought for two farthings, and yet not one of them is forgotten before God? Luke 12:7 Yea, and all the heares of your head are nombred: feare not therefore: yee are more of value then many sparowes. Luke 12:8 Also I say vnto you, Whosoeuer shall confesse mee before men, him shall the Sonne of man confesse also before the Angels of God. Luke 12:9 But hee that shall denie mee before men, shall be denied before the Angels of God. Luke 12:10 And whosoeuer shall speake a woorde against the Sonne of man, it shall be forgiuen him: but vnto him, that shal blaspheme ye holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiuen. Luke 12:11 And when they shal bring you vnto the Synagogues, and vnto the rulers and Princes, take no thought howe, or what thing ye shall answere, or what yee shall speake. Luke 12:12 For the holy Ghost shall teache you in the same houre, what yee ought to say.
warneth the people to beware of covetousness, by the parable of the rich man who set up greater barns.
Luke 12:13 And one of the companie said vnto him, Master, bidde my brother deuide the inheritance with me. Luke 12:14 And he said vnto him, Man, who made me a iudge, or a deuider ouer you? Luke 12:15 Wherefore he said vnto them, Take heede, and beware of couetousnesse: for though a man haue abundance, yet his life standeth not in his riches. Luke 12:16 And he put foorth a parable vnto them, saying, The grounde of a certaine riche man brought foorth fruites plenteously. Luke 12:17 Therefore he thought with himselfe, saying, What shall I doe, because I haue no roume, where I may lay vp my fruites? Luke 12:18 And he said, This wil I do, I wil pul downe my barnes, and builde greater, and therein will I gather all my fruites, and my goods. Luke 12:19 And I wil say to my soule, Soule, thou hast much goods laide vp for many yeeres: liue at ease, eate, drinke and take thy pastime. Luke 12:20 But God said vnto him, O foole, this night wil they fetch away thy soule fro thee: then whose shall those things be which thou hast prouided? Luke 12:21 So is he that gathereth riches to himselfe, and is not riche in God.
We must not be over careful of earthly things,
Luke 12:22 And he spake vnto his disciples, Therefore I say vnto you, Take no thought for your life, what yee shall eate: neither for your body, what yee shall put on. Luke 12:23 The life is more then meate: and the body more then the raiment. Luke 12:24 Consider the rauens: for they neither sowe nor reape: which neither haue storehouse nor barne, & yet God feedeth them: how much more are yee better then foules? Luke 12:25 And which of you with taking thought, can adde to his stature one cubite? Luke 12:26 If yee then bee not able to doe the least thing, why take yee thought for the remnant? Luke 12:27 Consider the lilies howe they growe: they labour not, neither spin they: yet I say vnto you, that Solomon himselfe in all his royaltie was not clothed like one of these. Luke 12:28 If then God so clothe the grasse which is to day in the field, and to morowe is cast into the ouen, howe much more will he clothe you, O yee of litle faith? Luke 12:29 Therefore aske not what yee shall eate, or what ye shal drinke, neither hag you in suspense. Luke 12:30 For all such things the people of the world seeke for: and your Father knoweth that ye haue neede of these things.
but seek the Kingdom of God,
Luke 12:31 But rather seeke ye after the kingdome of God, and all these things shalbe cast vpon you. Luke 12:32 Feare not, litle flocke: for it is your Fathers pleasure, to giue you the kingdome.
Luke 12:33 Sell that ye haue, and giue almes: make you bagges, which waxe not old, a treasure that can neuer faile in heauen, where no theefe commeth, neither mothe corrupteth. Luke 12:34 For where your treasure is, there will your hearts be also. Luke 12:35 Let your loynes be gird about and your lights burning,
be ready at a knock to open to our Lord whensoever he cometh.
Luke 12:36 And ye your selues like vnto men that waite for their master, when he will returne from the wedding, that when he commeth and knocketh, they may open vnto him immediatly. Luke 12:37 Blessed are those seruants, whom the Lord when he commeth shall finde waking: verely I say vnto you, he will girde himselfe about, and make them to sit downe at table, and will come forth, and serue them. Luke 12:38 And if he come in the seconde watch, or come in the third watch, and shall finde them so, blessed are those seruants. Luke 12:39 Nowe vnderstand this, that if the good man of the house had knowen at what houre the theefe would haue come, he would haue watched, and would not haue suffered his house to be digged through. Luke 12:40 Be ye also prepared therefore: for the Sonne of man will come at an houre when ye thinke not.
Christ's ministers are to see to their charge,
Luke 12:41 Then Peter saide vnto him, Master, tellest thou this parable vnto vs, or euen to all? Luke 12:42 And the Lord saide, Who is a faithfull steward and wise, whom the master shall make ruler ouer his householde, to giue them their portion of meate in season? Luke 12:43 Blessed is that seruant, whom his master when he commeth, shall finde so doing. Luke 12:44 Of a trueth I say vnto you, that he wil make him ruler ouer all that he hath. Luke 12:45 But if that seruant say in his heart, My master doeth deferre his comming, and ginne to smite the seruants, and maydens, and to eate, and drinke, and to be drunken, Luke 12:46 The master of that seruant will come in a day when he thinketh not, and at an houre when he is not ware of, and will cut him off, and giue him his portion with the vnbeleeuers. Luke 12:47 And that seruant that knewe his masters will, and prepared not himselfe, neither did according to his will, shalbe beaten with many stripes. Luke 12:48 But he that knewe it not, and yet did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with fewe stripes: for vnto whomsoeuer much is giuen, of him shalbe much required, and to whom men much commit, the more of him will they aske.
and look for persecution.
Luke 12:49 I am come to put fire on the earth, and what is my desire, if it be already kindled? Luke 12:50 Notwithstanding I must be baptized with a baptisme, & how am I grieued, till it be ended? Luke 12:51 Thinke ye that I am come to giue peace on earth? I tell you, nay, but rather debate. Luke 12:52 For from hencefoorth there shall be fiue in one house deuided, three against two, and two against three. Luke 12:53 The father shalbe deuided against ye sonne, and the sonne against the father: the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother: the mother in lawe against her daughter in lawe, and the daughter in lawe against her mother in lawe.
The people must take this time of grace,
Luke 12:54 Then said he to the people, When ye see a cloude rise out of the West, straightway ye say, A shower commeth: and so it is. Luke 12:55 And when ye see the South winde blowe, ye say, that it wilbe hoate: & it commeth to passe. Luke 12:56 Hypocrites, ye can discerne the face of the earth, and of the skie: but why discerne ye not this time? Luke 12:57 Yea, and why iudge ye not of your selues what is right?
because it is a fearful thing to die without reconciliation.
Luke 12:58 While thou goest with thine aduersarie to the ruler, as thou art in the way, giue diligence in the way, that thou mayest be deliuered from him, least he drawe thee to the iudge, and the iudge deliuer thee to the iayler, and the iayler cast thee into prison. Luke 12:59 I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence, till thou hast payed the vtmost mite.