Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Luke 18:28

Peter said, "Behold, we have left our own homes and followed You."
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Decision;   Self-Denial;   Thompson Chain Reference - Deathless;   Eternal;   Everlasting;   Life;   Life, Eternal;   Life-Death;   The Topic Concordance - Eternal Life;   Following;   Forsaking;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Missionaries, All Christians Should Be as;  
Dictionaries:
Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Follow, Follower;   Wealth;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Hearing the Word of God;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Chronology of the Biblical Period;   Disciples;   Luke, Gospel of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Perfection;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Complacency;   Discourse;   Forsaking All;   Home (2);   Social Life;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Chief parables and miracles in the bible;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Peter;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

We have left all - Our trades, our houses, and families. The reader is desired to consult the notes on Matthew 4:20; (note); Matthew 19:27; (note), etc.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Luke 18:28". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/luke-18.html. 1832.

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

And Peter said, Lo, we have left our very own, and followed thee. And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or wife, or brethren, or parents, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake, who shall not receive manifold more in this time, and in the world to come eternal life.

Barker thought that "Peter self-righteously reminded Jesus of the sacrifices the disciples had made,"[32] but nothing in the New Testament justifies such a suggestion. Peter's question was truthful and fair; and Jesus honored it by answering it.

Manifold more in this time ... Was Jesus here thinking of the sorrowful young man who had just departed? What was true of him is true of all. There is "more" in following Jesus, even in this present time, more of all that really matters.

And in the world to come, eternal life ...! Here in these words is the climax of the episode. The Christian pilgrimage is a quest for everlasting life, a benefit that Jesus dogmatically promised. Who but God could make such a promise? There is no way to reconcile such promises of Jesus with any conception of him that fails to include his eternal power and Godhead; and it is who Jesus is, and was, and is forever, that endows such a glorious promise with the validity that has commended it to a hundred generations of believers. This epic promise is given in this same context by all three synoptics (Matthew 19:29; Mark 10:30), the same being the tonic chord and resolution of the whole episode. One may only be astounded at the failure of some commentators even to mention this key promise. Hunting pseudocons is so much more interesting!

ENDNOTE:

[32] William P. Barker, As Matthew Saw the Master (Old Tappan, New Jersey: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1964), p. 96.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Luke 18:28". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/luke-18.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Then Peter said,.... "To him", as the Syriac and Arabic versions add; that is, to the Lord Jesus, as the Ethiopic version expresses it; who was always the most forward to speak on any occasion: he observing what was required of the young man, and how unwilling he was to comply with it, and the difficulty in every rich man's way of entrance into the kingdom of God, spoke as follows;

lo, we have left all: the Arabic version reads, "all ours"; all we had, our friends, trades, and worldly substance;

and followed thee: in Matthew 19:27 it is added, "what shall we have therefore"; referring to the promise of Christ, to the young man, that should he sell all he had, and give it to the poor, he should have treasure in heaven; See Gill on Matthew 19:27.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Luke 18:28". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/luke-18.html. 1999.

Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Our own (τα ιδιαta idia). Our own things (home, business, etc.). Right here is where so many fail. Peter speaks here not in a spirit of boastfulness, but rather with his reactions from their consternation at what has happened and at the words of Jesus (Plummer).

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Luke 18:28". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rwp/luke-18.html. Broadman Press 1932,33. Renewal 1960.

Vincent's Word Studies

All ( πάντα ).

The best texts read τὰ ἴδια , our own. So Rev.

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Vincent, Marvin R. DD. "Commentary on Luke 18:28". "Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/vnt/luke-18.html. Charles Schribner's Sons. New York, USA. 1887.

The Fourfold Gospel

And Peter said, Lo, we have left our own, and followed thee1.

  1. Lo, we have left our own, and followed thee. See .

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J. W. McGarvey and Philip Y. Pendleton. "Commentary on Luke 18:28". "The Fourfold Gospel". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tfg/luke-18.html. Standard Publishing Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. 1914.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

28 Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee.

Ver. 28. See Matthew 19:27.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Luke 18:28". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/luke-18.html. 1865-1868.

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

It was well done and wisely done of Peter, to leave all and follow Christ; it was the best bargain he ever made in all his life.

But observe, how he magnifies that little he had left for Christ, and ushers it in with a note of admiration: Lo! We have left all and followed thee.

Learn hence, that though it be very little that we suffer for Christ, and have forsaken upon his account, yet we are prone to magnify and admire it, as if it were some great matter. Lord, says Peter, we have left all. what all, man, had thou to leave? A few ragged nets and tattered fisher-boat: a great all indeed, next to nothing at all: scarce worth mentioning, and yet how is it magnified? Behold, we have left all, and followed thee.

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Burkitt, William. "Commentary on Luke 18:28". Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wbc/luke-18.html. 1700-1703.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Ver. 28-30. See Poole on "Matthew 19:27" and following verses to Matthew 19:30, See Poole on "Mark 10:28" and following verses to Mark 10:30. The difficulty is only to reconcile Luke 18:30 to God’s providences. For the everlasting life promised in the world to come, that is matter of faith, and not so much as seemingly contradicted by any providence of God. But how many lose much for Christ, that in this life do not receive manifold more, or a hundredfold!

Answer. It is true, if we understood it in specie. But the promise is not so to be interpreted. It is enough, if they do receive much more in valore, in value upon a true and just estimation. And this every sufferer for Christ hath, either,

1. In a joy, and peace, and assurance of God’s love, which is a thousand times more.

2. Or at least in a contentment of mind with that state into which the providence of God bringeth them: this also is much more, as any will judge it a happier state never to thirst, than to have much drink to satisfy the appetite.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Luke 18:28". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/luke-18.html. 1685.

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

‘And Peter said, “Lo, we have left our own, and followed you.” ’

Impetuous Peter, ever the one to break in, was now stirred in his heart by the thought of the impossibility of salvation without God’s working in the heart and cried, ‘Look, we have left all and followed you, like you are asking this ruler to do. What about us?’ He was probably seeking to gain assurance for himself and his fellow disciples that they did have the certainty of eternal life rather than thinking only of reward. He wanted to be sure that God was doing the impossible in his heart. For the disciples were still very much learners (as will shortly become apparent in Luke 18:31-34). That is why Jesus could answer as He did.

Note the words ‘we have left our own’. This gave a wide coverage, their own homes, their own land, their own fishing businesses, their own families, their own environment, their own possessions, and so on. All that they had treasured they had left for Him.

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Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

Peter reminded Jesus that the Twelve had done what the rich young ruler had been unwilling to do (cf. Luke 14:26-27). His comment, as Luke and Mark recorded it, was an implicit request for assurance that they would enter the kingdom (cf. Mark 10:28).

"It is surprising that, although generally Jesus does not think in terms of seeking reward, here he is prepared to respond to Peter"s saying. This suggests that Peter"s question was not regarded by the Evangelists as an implicit claim for a selfish reward. Rather it is seen as an opportunity to give a promise that self-denial for the sake of the kingdom will be vindicated." [Note: Marshall, The Gospel . . ., p688.]

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Constable, Thomas. DD. "Commentary on Luke 18:28". "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dcc/luke-18.html. 2012.

The Expositor's Greek Testament

Luke 18:28. Peter’s remark about leaving all, as in Mk., without the question, what shall we have? appended to it in Mt.

 

 

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Nicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Commentary on Luke 18:28". The Expositor's Greek Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/luke-18.html. 1897-1910.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Lo. Greek idou. App-133. Figure of speech Asterismos. App-6.

have left = left

all. The critical texts read "our own", marking a particular case (Luke 5:11). Compare Deuteronomy 28:8-11.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Luke 18:28". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/luke-18.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee.

Then Peter said - in the simplicity of his heart, as is evident from our Lord's reply,

Lo, we have left all, and followed thee. He was conscious that the required surrender, which that young ruler had not been able to make, had been made, not only by himself but by his brethren along with him, whom he generously takes in - "we have left all." Little, indeed, was Peter's "all." But, as Bengel says, the workman's little is as much to him as the prince's much. In Matthew's narrative Peter adds, "What shall we have therefore?" How shall it fare with us?

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Luke 18:28". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/luke-18.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee.
5:11; Matthew 4:19-22; 9:9; 19:27; Mark 10:28; Philippians 3:7
Reciprocal: Proverbs 20:6 - proclaim;  Matthew 4:20 - GeneralMatthew 13:46 - went;  Mark 1:18 - forsook;  Luke 14:33 - General1 Corinthians 13:3 - though I bestow

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Luke 18:28". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/luke-18.html.