Pastor Ron Roddey
"Just Before His Return"
Cornerstone Baptist Church
Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA
Sunday Morning, March 30, 2014
From Luke Chapters 17 & 18
17:1 Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences
will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!
17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck,
and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little
17:3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee,
rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
17:4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven
times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive
17:5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.
17:6 And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye
might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and
be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
17:7 But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will
say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down
17:8 And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup,
and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and
afterward thou shalt eat and drink?
17:9 Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were
commanded him? I trow not.
17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are
commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that
which was our duty to do.
17:11 And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed
through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
17:12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men
that were lepers, which stood afar off:
17:13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have
mercy on us.
17:14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto
the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were
17:15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and
with a loud voice glorified God,
17:16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he
was a Samaritan.
17:17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where
are the nine?
17:18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this
17:19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee
17:20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God
should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not
17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the
kingdom of God is within you.
17:22 And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall
desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see
17:23 And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after
them, nor follow them.
17:24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under
heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son
of man be in his day.
17:25 But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this
17:26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days
of the Son of man.
17:27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in
marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood
came, and destroyed them all.
17:28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they
drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
17:29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and
brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
17:30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
17:31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in
the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the
field, let him likewise not return back.
17:32 Remember Lot's wife.
17:33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever
shall lose his life shall preserve it.
17:34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the
one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
17:35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and
the other left.
17:36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the
17:37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto
them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered
18:1 And he spake a parable unto them to
this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
18:2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither
18:3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying,
Avenge me of mine adversary.
18:4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself,
Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
18:5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her
continual coming she weary me.
18:6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.
18:7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night
unto him, though he bear long with them?
18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the
Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
18:9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves
that they were righteous, and despised others:
18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and
the other a publican.
18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank
thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers,
or even as this publican.
18:12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as
his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful
to me a sinner.
18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than
the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he
that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
18:15 And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them:
but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them.
18:16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children
to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
18:17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of
God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.
18:18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I
do to inherit eternal life?
18:19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good,
save one, that is, God.
18:20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not
kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy
18:21 And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.
18:22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest
thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor,
and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
18:23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very
18:24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly
shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
18:25 For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than
for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
18:26 And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved?
18:27 And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible
18:28 Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee.
18:29 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that
hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the
kingdom of God's sake,
18:30 Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in
the world to come life everlasting.
18:31 Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we
go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets
concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished.
18:32 For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked,
and spitefully entreated, and spitted on:
18:33 And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third
day he shall rise again.
18:34 And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid
from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.
18:35 And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a
certain blind man sat by the way side begging:
18:36 And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant.
18:37 And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.
18:38 And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.
18:39 And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his
peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou son of David, have mercy on
18:40 And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and
when he was come near, he asked him,
18:41 Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said,
Lord, that I may receive my sight.
18:42 And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved
18:43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed him,
glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto