Luke 9:62: ‘not fit for service’?

“62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62 KJV)

CONTEXT MATTERS

Reading only this one verse without context of the verses just before makes it seem like a believer’s “service” and works are what save a person. That is a false gospel message.

Is this talking about a person losing Salvation? No! Jesus is addressing UNBELIEVERS and inviting them to be a follower.

Some pulpits are teaching that Luke 9 is about a believer’s “service”. If you use the NIV Bible translation it reads ,

“62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit 》FOR SERVICE 《 in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62 NIV)

THE NIV BIBLE ADDED TWO WORDS: (FOR SERVICE) that should not be there.

These two words are not in the KJV version, nor the NASB version, nor the ESV version. The NIV is the worst Bible TRANSLATION ever. Look at King James Version…

“62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62 KJV)

Also, if we look at verses previous to 62, the context is clear; Jesus is addressing unbelievers and inviting them to follow Him and believe in Him. He is not addressing BELIEVERS!

Jesus Himself said,

“28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you REST. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find REST unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is EASY, and my burden is LIGHT.” (Matthew 11:28-30 KJV)