And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called to him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)It came to pass, that when he was returned.—See Note on Matthew 25:19. The absence of the words “after a long time” is noticeable, and suggests the thought that our Lord may have added them in the later form of the parable as a further safeguard against the prevalent expectations of the immediate coming of the Kingdom, and, we may add, against the thought which sprang up afterwards in men’s minds, that there was no kingdom to be received, and that the King would never return. (Comp. 2Peter 3:4.)
Had gained by trading.—The Greek verb is a compound form of that translated “occupy” in Luke 19:13.Matthew 25:19.
ten … five cities—different degrees of future gracious reward, proportioned to the measure of present fidelity.See Poole on "Luke 19:12"
having received the kingdom; not only having been set down at the right hand of God, and crowned with glory and honour, and received gifts for men, which he bestowed on them; and which proved him to be Lord and Christ; all which was done at his ascension, after which his kingdom came, or he returned in power and glory, to take vengeance on the Jews; but also having received the kingdom of glory for all his saints, and particularly having received the kingdom of priests, or all the elect of God, these being all called by grace, and gathered to him, as they will every one of them before his second coming; when this kingdom will be delivered to the Father complete and perfect; and this will a reckoning time, as follows:
then he commanded those servants to be called, to whom he had given the money. The servants are the ministers of the word, who must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; and give an account of themselves to God, the Judge of all; and of their gifts and talents, and ministrations, and the souls under their care: the persons who are "commanded" to call them are the angels, and who shall be employed in gathering all the elect together; the thing that will be inquired about, and must be accounted for, is the "money" given them; that is, the Gospel they are intrusted with, and the gifts to preach it bestowed on them: the end of this summons is,
that he might know how much every man had gained by trading; not but that Christ, who is the omniscient God, the searcher of the heart, and a discerner of the thoughts and intents of it, knows full well the use that is made of every man's gift, and the benefits and advantages arising from it, both for his own glory, and the good of souls; but these summons will be given, this account taken, and inquiry made, that these things which are known to him, might be made manifest to all, and every man have praise of God; whose will it is that he should have it, and sloth and negligence be justly punished.And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Luke 19:15 ff. After the return.—ἐν τῷ ἐπανελθεῖν: ἐν with the aorist infinitive, usually with present, but frequently with aorist in Lk. = on his return, he takes action at once (vide Burton, M. and T., § 109).—εἶπε φωνηθῆναι = commanded (jussit, Vulgate) to be called; εἶπε with infinitive, instead of ἵνα with subjunctive, as in some places, e.g., Matthew 4:3.—τίς τί διεπρ. (T.R.) is two questions in one: who had gained anything and what—τί διεπραγματεύσαντο (W.H), what they had gained.
 Westcott and Hort.15. having received the kingdom] Not however the coveted title of king, which was refused him.
had gained by trading] diepragmateusato, a compound form of the pragmateuesthai in Luke 19:13. The calling of the servants corresponds to the “Give an account of thy stewardship” of Luke 16:2.Luke 19:15. Ἐπανελθεῖν, when He was returned) This has reference to the advent of Christ in glory.—βασιλείαν, the kingdom) the actual government.—φωνηθῆναι, to be called) by His angels.
Only here in New Testament. See on Luke 19:13.
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