NOTES on : Forsaking all in order to love Christ


LUKE ---14:26 If any [man] come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 14:27 Whosoever does not bear his own cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple

Matthew 10:37 "Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;

John 12: 25 "Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who despise their life in this world will keep it for eternal life."

Matthew 6:23-25 --No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other You cannot serve God and [mamona, wealth, etc, personified as an object of worship] [Luke 16:9, 11, 13] wealth.


 If he wasn't Divine , how could he say we should love him more than our Father and Mother ? None of the prophets ever pointed people to themselves and asked us to follow them .

GREEK---to " HATE " , word meaning literally to detest to love less -- to completely remove all competing "love"

Only one of two verses where Crist uses that hyperbole (figure of speech) as opposed to the hundreds of "Love "verses.. This has to be understood from that foundation. We are not to stop valid and virtuous love . Also in this passage Christ says "take up your crosss , that is hyperbole .

Cant really love unless ,we love God (hate own life :deny self ) If any man lovees the world .1JN- 4, " love for the Father not in him ".

Whatever type of "love " for others or for things ( even good and right affections ) that is standing in the way of your closness to God and Christ must be gotten rid of . Such is the degree of his worth . WE worship him as he is worthy .This shows how great he is, that it would require even that ;, give up our dearest human love . EXAMPLE--- Abraham gave up his son (was willing )

If we truly grasp that , if we truly enter into his love and recipricate that Love ,all the natural aversion to such quotes vanishes in our worship of him


 Various other Bible Commentary Notes ( courtesy )


------"Hateth", as used here, is an example of phenomenal speech, or speaking from appearances. In the cases supposed, the person would "appear" to hate those whom he abandoned for Christ.

-----. To construe the passage literally as enjoining hatred would be contrary to the fifth commandment as re-enacted at Ephesians 6:1-3; Colossians 3:20 and also contrary to our Lord's own example (John 19:25-27). Seeing the number of those adherents which now surrounded him, Jesus made use of this striking statement that he might startle each hearer, and impress upon him the wide difference between a mere outward appearance upon him and a real, disciple-like adhesion to him.

-----Yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. The latter requires that we be ready to sacrifice all, even our animal life, in so far as it tends to separate from Christ (Acts 20:24; Romans 12:11).

-----Verse 26. If any man come to me, and hate not his father - Comparatively to Christ: yea, so as actually to renounce his field, oxen, wife, all things, and act as if he hated them, when they stand in competition with him. Matt. x, 37.

-----This passage is unique to Luke, though verses 26-27 are like Matthew 10:37-38 and verses 34-35 are similar to Matthew 5:13 and Mark 9:49-50. It is extremely significant that this passage is addressed to large crowds. Jesus offered himself to all, but he also was honest from the very beginning of his preaching about what the journey would involve. What Jesus asks for is first place in one's heart. That is what successful discipleship requires.

--So Jesus calls for a follower who will hate his mother and father, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters--yes, even his own life. The point of the list is that no other relationship is first for a disciple. "Hate" is used figuratively and suggests a priority of relationship. Jesus is first. To follow Jesus means to follow Jesus, not anyone or anything else. A disciple is a learner, and the primary teacher in life is Jesus.

--This is why bearing the cross and coming after Jesus is the issue of discipleship. Learning from Jesus means following him, experiencing the rejection he experienced and so bearing the cross he bore. We cannot "learn Jesus" without being prepared to walk this path.

------ But those who entered in must count the cost (v. 25-33). All must be forsaken in this world; every link with this world must be broken. The nearer anything was to the heart, the more dangerous, the more it must be abhorred. Not that the affections are evil things; but, Christ being rejected by this world, everything that binds us to earth must be sacrificed for Him. Cost what it may, He must be followed; and one must know how to hate one's own life, and even to lose it, rather than grow lax in following the Lord. .

.....these are not to be preferred to Christ, or loved more than he, as it is explained in Matthew 10:37 yea, these are to be neglected and forsaken, and turned from with indignation and resentment, when they stand in the way of the honour and interest of Christ, and dissuade from his service: such who would be accounted the disciples of Christ, should be ready to part with their dearest relations and friends, with the greatest enjoyment of life, and with life itself, when Christ calls for it; or otherwise they are not worthy to be called his disciples.