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Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Luke 3:15-17

Luke 3:15-17. And as all the people were in expectation, &c. The austerity of John’s life, the important subjects of his sermons, the fervency of his exhortations, and the freedom, impartiality, and courage with which he rebuked all classes of sinners, raised him very high in the esteem of the generality of people; insomuch that many began to be of opinion he might be the Messiah. And possibly the extraordinary events which had occurred thirty years before, namely, the vision which his... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Luke 3:1-17

15. Preaching of John the Baptist (Matthew 3:1-12; Mark 1:1-8; Luke 3:1-17; John 1:19-28)The preaching of John soon attracted opposition from the Jewish religious leaders. They sent representatives to question him and then report back on what he taught and who he claimed to be. John denied that he was promoting himself as some new leader in Israel. He did not consider himself to be either the prophet of Deuteronomy 18:15,Deuteronomy 18:18 or the ‘Elijah’ promised in Malachi 4:5. He was only a... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Luke 3:17

fan = winnowing = fan. floor = threshing = floor. burn = burn up. Greek katakaio = to consume entirely. Compare Matthew 3:12 .Hebrews 13:11 . read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Luke 3:17

Whose fan is in his hand, thoroughly to cleanse his threshing-floor, and to gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn up with unquenchable fire.Israel was the Lord's threshing-floor; the wheat to be gathered into the granary was the true spiritual seed who would accept Christ and be saved. The chaff represented the unbelievers who would reject and crucify the Lord. The unquenchable fire is a metaphor for the everlasting punishment which shall be meted out to the wicked.... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Luke 3:17

15-17. whether he were the Christ—showing both how successful he had been in awakening the expectation of Messiah's immediate appearing, and the high estimation, and even reverence, which his own character commanded. (Also see on :-.) read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Luke 3:1-20

A. The ministry of John the Baptist 3:1-20John’s ministry, as Jesus’, did not begin until he was a mature man. This section of the Gospel shows the vital place John played as Messiah’s forerunner. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Luke 3:7-18

2. John’s preaching 3:7-18 (cf. Matthew 3:7-12; Mark 1:7-8)Essentially John called his hearers to change their minds about their relationship to God and to demonstrate the genuineness of their repentance with righteous conduct (Luke 3:7-14). He also promoted Jesus (Luke 3:15-17). Only Luke included John’s enumeration of specific changes the people needed to make to demonstrate true repentance (Luke 3:10-14). read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Luke 3:15-17

Luke’s account of John’s preaching about Jesus is the longest in the three Synoptic Gospels (cf. John 1:19-25). John distinguished between his baptism and Messiah’s to show that he was not the Messiah.Matthew’s account of these words stressed the importance of Jesus’ Jewish hearers repenting personally and nationally. Luke tailored his account to Gentiles and stressed the judgment that Jesus would bring (cf. Isaiah 4:4). The presence of only one article before "Holy Spirit" and "fire" in the... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Luke 3:1-38

John’s Ministry. Baptism and Genealogy of Jesus1-14.. Preliminary Ministry of the Baptist (Matthew 3:1; Mark 1:1). See on Mt.1. In the fifteenth year] If the years of Tiberius are reckoned from the death of Augustus, who died 14 a.d., the date is 28, 29 a.d. Most authorities, however, suppose that the years of Tiberius are here reckoned from 11 a.d., when he was made the colleague of Augustus in the empire, with equal authority over all the provinces and armies. This gives the date 25, 26 a.d.... read more

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