Mark 10:26-30

Mark 10:26 (KJB)
And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?

The disciples then wondered about the situation that if a rich man can hardly become saved, then what about the poor people. Are they able to become saved? It seemed to them that salvation was a near impossible thing because they were amazed beyond proportion at the answers Jesus gave the rich young man. Their astonishment had lasted for a while because they continued to discuss this matter among themselves. They had probably concluded that if the favored rich could not be saved, then what chance does a poor person? In Jewish thinking, if a person had wealth, it was believed they had obtained Godís favor but if they could not be saved, then the poor, who did not have Godís favor, could definitely not be saved and these things had really caused them to be amazed.

Mark 10:27 (KJB)
And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

Then Jesus tells them the reality of salvation in all three verses and the key to being saved. If man was left to himself, he would be unable to become saved. This is because man is spiritually dead and his entire life and understanding is tied to this earth. (Eph 2:5 KJV) Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) The only way that a man can be saved, wealthy or poor, is that God does the saving. If a rich man is one of Godís Elect, then he can have all the money in the world and it will not prevent him from becoming saved because God would be doing the saving. The unsaved man has no understanding of the Gospel and is unable to understand any aspect of it and that is why with man it is impossible because of their deadness. (1 Cor 2:14 KJV) But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. Only God can quicken or make a person alive by the Gospel and then comes the understanding.  He does this by resurrecting the soul of the person He is saving and once that is done, then they can understand, believe, and exercise faith.  The spiritually dead man can in no way raise himself up from being spiritually dead.  It must be done by God just as He raised Lazarus (John 11) and the Son of the Widow of Nain (Luke 7:11-16) and Jairusís Daughter (Mark 5:22-43).  God performs salvation first by making the person spiritually alive as it states in Ephesians 2:5.  A spiritually dead man has no ability to quicken themselves and that is why Jesus said with man it is ďimpossibleĒ because only God can save a person.

Mark 10:28 (KJB)
Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.

Peter probably assessed in his mind that they had left everything behind to follow Christ in contrast to the rich man who did not want to leave his wealth. So Peter was asking a question which would have risen out of natural curiosity. He wanted to know what they would have since they left houses, their jobs, their families, etc. He wanted to know and probably so did the other disciples.

Mark 10:29 (KJB)
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,

The blessings that the apostles can expect to receive are extended to all believers who have forsaken their earthly lives for the life of the Gospel. In this world there is going to be separation for the sake of the Gospel. We will be separated from family and friends, plus we may have to sacrifice our own funds to further our own ministries. Many have gone to the mission field and never saw their families again. Jesus is giving the first part of the major blessings one can expect if they have forsaken this life for the life of the Gospel.

Mark 10:30 (KJB)
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.

Whatever a person had forsaken whether it be house, or career, or business they will receive a hundredfold of what they had sacrificed and this would be different for every one so there is no blanket blessing here as each Christianís life is different with a different calling and situation. Then Jesus not only tells them they will inherit the hundredfold blessing but to top it off, there is also the promise of inheriting eternal life. They never heard anything like that coming from the Scribes and Pharisees. When we leave the old relationships with our earthly family, we will be given new relationships brethren, sisters, mothers in the eternal household of faith. However, while we are still in this life we can expect to face the persecutions which come with being a follower of Jesus. The lands that we receive will be the new Earth but as to the extent of what kind of lands we receive remains to be seen. It could not be speaking of this present earth because this world is hostile to Christians and if anything, our lands would be confiscated. Just ask anyone in a country run by Islam.

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