Luke 23:46

46 Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit." Having said this, he breathed his last.

Luke 23:46 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 23:46

And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice
A second time; for at the first loud cry, he uttered these words, "Eli, Eli, lama, sabachthani"; and at the second what follows; see ( Matthew 27:46-50 ) (See Gill on Matthew 27:46). (See Gill on Matthew 27:47). (See Gill on Matthew 27:48). (See Gill on Matthew 27:49). (See Gill on Matthew 27:50).

he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my Spirit;
not the Holy Spirit, nor his divine nature, but his human soul: for that he had a reasonable soul, as well as a true body, is certain; from his having an human understanding, will, and affections, ascribed to him; and indeed, without this he would not have been a perfect man, nor like unto us; and could not have been tempted, bore sorrows and griefs, and endured the wrath of God; nor could he have been a Saviour of souls: now just as he was expiring, as he made his soul an offering for sin, and which he offered unto God, he committed it to his divine care and protection; and to enjoy his presence, during its separation from his body, using the words of the Psalmist in ( Psalms 31:5 ) and this shows, that his spirit, or soul, belonged to God, the Father of spirits, and now returned to him that gave it; that it was immortal, and died not with the body, and was capable of existing in a separate state from it, and went immediately to heaven; all which is true of the souls of all believers in Christ; and what the dying head did, dying members may, and should, even commit their souls into the same hands: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost; breathed out his soul dismissed his spirit, laid down his life, freely and voluntarily, and which no man, or devil, otherwise could have taken away from him.

Luke 23:46 In-Context

44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon,
45 while the sun's light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two.
46 Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit." Having said this, he breathed his last.
47 When the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God and said, "Certainly this man was innocent."
48 And when all the crowds who had gathered there for this spectacle saw what had taken place, they returned home, beating their breasts.

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