Christ preacheth to his disciples to avoid hypocrisy, and fearfulness in publishing his doctrine:
Luke 12:1 In the mean time, when there was gathered an innumerable multitude of people, so that they trod one upon another, he began to say to his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Luke 12:2 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. Luke 12:3 Therefore, whatever ye have spoken in darkness, shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets, shall be proclaimed upon the house-tops. Luke 12:4 And I say to you, my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. Luke 12:5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, who after he hath killed, hath power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, Fear him. Luke 12:6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? Luke 12:7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12:8 Also I say to you, Whoever shall confess me before men, him will the Son of man also confess before the angels of God. Luke 12:9 But he that denieth me before men, shall be denied before the angels of God. Luke 12:10 And whoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but to him that blasphemeth against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven. Luke 12:11 And when they bring you to the synagogues, and [before] magistrates, and powers, be not solicitous how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: Luke 12:12 For the Holy Spirit will teach you in the same hour what ye 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 company said to him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me. Luke 12:14 And he said to him, Man, who made me a judge, or a divider over you? Luke 12:15 And he said to them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. Luke 12:16 And he spoke a parable to them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: Luke 12:17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to deposit my fruits? Luke 12:18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I deposit all my fruits and my goods. Luke 12:19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast abundance of goods laid up for many years; take thy ease, eat, drink, [and] be merry. Luke 12:20 But God said to him, [Thou] fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be which thou hast provided? Luke 12:21 So [is] he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich towards God.
We must not be over careful of earthly things,
Luke 12:22 And he said to his disciples, Therefore I say to you, Be not anxious for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. Luke 12:23 The life is more than food, and the body [is more] than raiment. Luke 12:24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap: which neither have store-house, nor barn; and God feedeth them: How much more are ye better than the fowls? Luke 12:25 And which of you by solicitude can add to his stature one cubit? Luke 12:26 If ye then are not able to do that thing which is least, why are ye anxious for the rest? Luke 12:27 Consider the lilies how they grow: They toil not, they spin not; and yet I say to you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Luke 12:28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to-day in the field, and to-morrow is cast into the oven; how much more [will he clothe] you, O ye of little faith? Luke 12:29 And seek ye not what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. Luke 12:30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.
but seek the Kingdom of God,
Luke 12:31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Luke 12:33 Sell what ye have, and give alms: provide yourselves bags which become not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. Luke 12:34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Luke 12:35 Let your loins be girt, and [your] lights burning;
be ready at a knock to open to our Lord whensoever he cometh.
Luke 12:36 And ye yourselves like men that wait for their lord, when he shall return from the wedding; that, when he cometh and knocketh, they may open to him immediately. Luke 12:37 Blessed [are] those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say to you, that he will gird himself, and make them to sit down to eat, and will come forth and serve them. Luke 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. Luke 12:39 And this know, that if the master of the house knew at what hour the thief would come, he would watch, and not suffer his house to be broken through. Luke 12:40 Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.
Christ's ministers are to see to their charge,
Luke 12:41 Then Peter said to him, Lord, speakest thou this parable to us, or even to all? Luke 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 provisions in due season? Luke 12:43 Blessed [is] that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Luke 12:44 In truth I say to you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. Luke 12:45 But if that servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the men-servants, and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken? Luke 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 asunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. Luke 12:47 And that servant who knew his lord's will, and prepared not [himself], neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many [stripes]. Luke 12:48 But he that knew not, and committed things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few [stripes]. For to whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required: and to whom men have committed much, from him they will ask the more.
and look for persecution.
Luke 12:49 I am come to send fire on the earth, and what will I, if it is already kindled? Luke 12:50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it shall be accomplished! Luke 12:51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, No; but rather division: Luke 12:52 For from henceforth there will be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. Luke 12:53 The father will 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.
The people must take this time of grace,
Luke 12:54 And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rising in the west, immediately ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. Luke 12:55 And when [ye perceive] the south wind blowing, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass. Luke 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? Luke 12:57 And why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?
because it is a fearful thing to die without reconciliation.
Luke 12:58 When thou goest with thy adversary to the magistrate, [as thou art] in the way, give diligence that thou mayest be delivered from him; lest he draw thee before the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison. Luke 12:59 I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence, till thou hast paid the very last mite.