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Luke 24:45

    Luke 24:45 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Then opened he their mind, that they might understand the scriptures;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Then he made the holy Writings clear to their minds.

    Webster's Revision

    Then opened he their mind, that they might understand the scriptures;

    World English Bible

    Then he opened their minds, that they might understand the Scriptures.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Then opened he their mind, that they might understand the scriptures;

    Clarke's Commentary on Luke 24:45

    Then opened he their understanding - Διηνοιξεν, He fully opened. They had a measure of light before, so that they discerned the Scriptures to be the true word of God, and to speak of the Messiah; but they had not light sufficient to enable them to apply these Scriptures to their Lord and Master; but now, by the influence of Christ, they see, not only, the prophecies which pointed out the Messiah, but also the Messiah who was pointed out by these prophecies. The book of God may be received in general as a Divine revelation, but the proper meaning, reference, and application of the Scriptures can only be discerned by the light of Christ. Even the very plain word of God is a dead letter to those who are not enlightened by the grace of Christ; and why? because this word speaks of spiritual and heavenly things; and the carnal mind of man cannot discern them. They who receive not this inward teaching continue dark and dead while they live.

    Barnes' Notes on Luke 24:45

    Opened he their understanding - Enabled them fully to comprehend the meaning of the prophecies which foretold his death and resurrection. They had seen him die, they now saw him risen. Their prejudices were now, by his instructions, and by the facts which they could no longer call in question, removed, and they no longer doubted that he was the Messiah, and that all the "facts" in the case which had before confounded them could be easily accounted for. Hence, we may learn:

    1. That "facts," or the farther disclosure of truth, will yet remove the "mysteries" that we now see in religion.

    2. That our prejudices and our preconceived opinions are one cause of our seeing so many mysteries in the Bible. If a man is willing to take the plain declarations of the Bible, he will commonly be little perplexed with mysteries.

    3. That God only can open the mind so as fully to comprehend the Scriptures. He only can overcome our prejudices, open our hearts, and dispose us to receive the ingrafted word with meekness, and with the simplicity of a child. See Acts 16:14; James 1:21; Mark 10:15.

    4. The design of God's opening the understanding is that we may be acquainted with the Scriptures. It is not that we may be made wise above what is written, but that we may submit ourselves wholly to the Word of God.

    Wesley's Notes on Luke 24:45

    24:45 Then opened he their understanding, to understand the Scriptures - He had explained them before to the two as they went to Emmaus. But still they Understood them not, till he took off the veil from their hearts, by the illumination of his Spirit.