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                 The Gospels in Harmony                   Sermon #349    Posted 10/10/21

Matthew 19:27-30
The Gospels in Harmony  Sermon #349-10721

 

27  Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? 
28  And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 
29  And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. 
30  But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.
Matthew 19:27-30

28  Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. 
29  And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, 
30  But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. 
31  But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.
Mark 10:28-31

28  Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee. 
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, 
30  Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.
Luke 18:28-30

    Continuing with our study from the rich young ruler we see Peter questioning Jesus about the reward they will receive for leaving everything and following Jesus. There is much to learn from this portion of scripture. 
First we must look at what is on Peters mind. 
     The disciples asked who then can enter the kingdom of heaven if a rich man cannot. Or can hardly enter is the correct phrase. So the disciples are still looking at things physically as in wealthy and poor. 
This is easily recognized by bold Peter who is quick to open his mouth but usually just to change feet. 
27  Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?
Matthew 19:27
28  Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.
Mark 10:28
28  Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee.
Luke 18:28
    In Matthew it is recorded that Peter actually asks what shall we have?
What will be our reward for leaving everything behind to follow you?
That is like not having a job then someone offers one to you and you ask “what's the pay?” Not that it is wrong to want to know but it also opens the door for refusal or for quitting before the agreed time or completion of the agreement. As if to be weighing out the effort against the pay.
    Jesus is quick to assure them the reward will be far greater than they could imagine but what must be done will seem to be more than most will be willing to give or do.
    Look at the rich young ruler. The lifestyle of the disciples was not something he was willing to pursue. Remember Jesus instructed him to sell what he had, give to the poor and come and follow Me.
Jesus did not tell the young man what his reward would be but eternal life was the reward he was looking for. 
16  And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
Matthew 19:16
    When Jesus gave him the list of things he must do, the young man began to weigh them out in his mind. He could not visualize the exceeding greatness of eternal life through his self-centeredness and self-righteousness. He could not imagine becoming uncomfortable for a time to live forever in eternal peace and joy. He could not see past the physical lie to know the truth in spirit. 
    Peter was asking Jesus what will be our reward?
Jesus assured all of them of the positions they would hold with Him in heaven. Because they were the first to turn from what they knew and walk with Him in faith and obedience, they would be lifted and abundantly rewarded forever. 
    Now here comes a verse of scripture that has been misinterpreted for centuries. 
29  And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
Matthew 19:29
     This verse has been taken to extremes by believers and un-believers.
First it has been viewed as proof of a life of celibacy is what honors and glorifies God. Or at the least it is a life that is the most rewarded by God.
Second it has been a deterrent to many believing a life of celibacy is the only life excepted by God.
     In no way is this stating or even implying that.
At the time of Jesus ministry, men and woman were physically forsaking everything or leaving everything behind to physically follow Jesus. Once again it was the physical demonstration of what we are to do spiritually. 
 What Jesus is teaching to His disciples, which includes every child of God even today, nothing is to come before our faith and obedience to the Word of God. 
      I have often told the story of a man who I knew in a small country church in Colorado. He had inherited a considerable amount of property and the family cattle business. He also had borrowed against that property and business to purchase lots of new farming equipment and somewhere in the middle of all that had gotten a divorce and remarried. Between his marital problems, debt and ranch management he had no time for God except for an hour on Sunday morning to please his wife. 
    In conversation with him one Sunday morning he made the statement to me that he didn’t have time to read his Bible during the week. He had to rely on the pastor to do that for him and explain the word to him. That was the pastors job not his. He was already busy enough. As long as he showed up to listen that would have to be good enough.
     Let me ask you something? Was that man putting God first or last?
Was he setting everything aside to put God out front? Was he following the Word of God, Christ Jesus, or was he running to hear about Him whenever nothing else needed his attention?
   The answer should be quite clear to everyone. Therefore the explanation of verse 29 is in the least sense putting God out in front of everything in our lives. Holding Christ so near that everything and everyone takes a back seat.
It is so easy for unbelievers to look at this one verse and take it completely out of context. It does not mean you are to be like a celibate monk. God is love and His word promotes loving relationships with wife and husband, friends and neighbors. It promotes responsible attention to what we are blessed with. But as a Christian we are to know and be grateful for the love we have. Grateful we know what love is because of the love God has shown us through Christ Jesus. We are to know the joy of giving because of what Jesus gave for us. It's a small thing to sell something we have or give something we have for the needs of someone else when we come to the realization that Jesus gave His life for you and me. Because He willingly and freely gave His life for all men, He was raised to live once again interceding for us at the right hand of God. He was raised to be the first to live an everlasting life because of His love for and obedience to God our Father.
And He demonstrated that love for our Father by giving His life for all of us. So when we read Matthew 19:29 and the corresponding verses in Mark and Luke we begin to understand that we are giving up far less than Jesus did for us. We are giving our lives to our Father by showing our love through Christ Jesus for others. We are putting God first in our everyday lives to live a life of love forever. We are giving up our self righteousness and self centeredness to live here for Christ who died here for all of us that when we die here we may live with Him in Heaven forever.
    It is a small thing to give from what God has already given us. We are rich in Christ beyond our imaginations. Far more than the wealthiest people we know or hear about. Their wealth is only temporary just as the lives they live in it. But the man who loves God through Christ Jesus lives for others and is the only kind of rich man that will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
-------with God all things are possible.
Matthew 19:26

30  But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.
Matthew 19:30

   Verse 30 in Matthew and 31 in Mark is the introduction to the parable that Jesus spoke in order to put this teaching into context for the disciples and of course us. Jesus was assuring the disciples that although they were the first to obey and follow Him there would be many after them who will receive their reward. You see it's not about what you receive. It’s about being there to receive it. God is not partial to anyone. He loves us all whether we have been a child of God ten years or ten minutes. The moment we give our lives to Christ Jesus in faith and love we enter into the Kingdom of God forever. We become a blood bought, born again, Spirit filled, child of God. And all the riches in heaven are ours just as they are for everyone else who gives their life to Jesus. 
   But that doesn't mean you can wait until you are old to give your life to Jesus.
It doesn't mean you can say to yourself, "well if I get the same thing in heaven as the guy that has given his all most of his life, I think I'll just wait and enjoy what I have now and give what I have left at a later date.
    Well friend that is bargaining with your soul! That is making a deal with yourself that God will not honor! God is looking for people who know they need Him and know they need what He has to offer and are willing at anytime to drop what they are in this world to become what they will be in Heaven. You see, when you give your life to Jesus you immediately enter the Kingdom of Heaven as a child of God. You may still be here but your soul, the very life that God has given you is once again joined with Him in Christ Jesus.
  Remember God is ready to lift you and bless you for His glory.
That means there is no end to what He can do right now for you.
9  For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.---
2 Chronicles 16:9
20  Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 
21  Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
Ephesians 3:20-21
   
    Praise the Lord!
Let's join again to continue this study with the Parable Jesus gave to help explain and assure all who would be His disciples. AMEN!

 

Pastor Steven Freede
Cornerstone Independent Church Ministry
10/7/21

     
     


   
        

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