Matthew 19:26-30

Mat 19:26 (KJB)
But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but 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.

Mat 19:27 (KJB)
Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?

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.

Mat 19:28 (KJB)
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.

Jesus does not rebuff Peter for asking that type of question but gives him an answer. The Bible states in Revelation that those who become saved in Christ are made kings and priests. (Rev 1:5-6 KJV) And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, {6} And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. (Rev 5:10 KJV) And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. When Jesus is speaking of the regeneration, He is speaking of the time when He goes back to Heaven at His ascension and then once the Holy Spirit fills the apostles at Pentecost, they will be to Israel as Judges because they will be preaching the Gospel but will also be proving to Israel and its leaders that they have sinned against God by condemning and crucifying their prophesied Messiah. Just as the leaders of Israel judged and condemned Jesus, they too will now be the subject of judgment. This verse could not be speaking of the time of the new Earth and Heaven because there would be no sin and what would be there to judge? Jesus had told them that whatever was bound on earth would be bound in Heaven meaning authority which a judge would have. A judge pronounces sentence and has the weight of the law behind him plus the legislators who created that law. The apostles are going to have the weight of Heaven behind them once their public ministry started.

Mat 19:29 (KJB)
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.

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. 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.

Mat 19:30 (KJB)
But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

Our society always views those who are on the top of the political or business or entertainment industries to be first among all the people and will remain first. They look upon the poor people as the dregs of society and that they will always remain last. Here Jesus tells the disciples that in the kingdom of Heaven, the order is reversed. Those that are the dregs of earthly society when they become saved will go into Heaven before all those who are in the top echelon of earthly society. This includes the religious leaders who think they are right with God and are not. (Mat 21:31-32 KJV) Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. {32} For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him. The Pharisees thought they should enter into the Kingdom of Heaven based on their positions but they are the ones who will be last. Those publicans and harlots which became saved in Christ, will be first. Look at the twelve Apostles as they were all working men and they will all be in Heaven except Judas. The Pharisees because of their hatred for Jesus will be in Hell.

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