And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.
I. THE NATURE OF THE FORCE HERE SPOKEN OF.
1. A resolution of mind to receive the doctrine and precepts of strict holiness and virtue, though contrary to the ordinary bias of men's appetites and inclinations.
2. The quitting favourite notions and prejudices, upon sufficient evidence, and with mature, serious, and diligent consideration.
3. Quitting some present worldly advantages for the sake of the gospel, and making a profession of the truths of religion, against much opposition, and notwithstanding difficulties and discouragements.
II. There is also intended A REFERENCE TO THE WILLING FORWARDNESS and resolute zeal of many in embracing the principles of true religion, who, to outward appearance, were the most unlikely of any to have a share in the blessings and privileges of the gospel: such as men of mean rank and low education, men of unreputable character, and Gentiles.
Parallel VersesKJV: And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.