the Time - Part 4
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V.27 ** Our passage today begins in a similar fashion as did last
week's, what has just taken place which
prompted Peter to ask his question?
Jesus had encountered a "rich" young man who thought that
he was righteous, but he loved his
possessions more than the Lord. Jesus proclaimed that "it is hard
for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven" because they must
abandoned their love of money, then "come and follow" Jesus.
That phrase is the defining characteristic of one who is truly born-again.
cf. Matthew 19:16-24
** All of the disciples were astonished at the concept that a rich man
would find it hard to get into heaven
and asked, "Then who can be saved?" (Matt.19:25)
Still not completely understanding the Lord's answer in verse 26, Peter
now asks his pensive question. What is Peter concerned about?
If rich men cannot get into heaven and "with men it is impossible"
what is going to happen to us who have left everything to follow You?
V.28 ** He does not have to wait long for the answer. What specific
role awaits the twelve as a reward for following Jesus?
In the "regeneration" they "shall sit upon twelve thrones,
judging the twelve tribes of Israel."
cf. Daniel 7:21-22, Isaiah 1:26
** What is the "regeneration"?
The term used here for regeneration [paliggenesia] literally means
new birth. Paul uses it to refer to the personal new birth of believers
in Titus 3:5. Jesus uses it here to represent the rebirth of the earth under His sovereign dominion at the time of His second coming.
During His 1000 year earthly reign, the disciples will share Christ's
rule as they over see the affairs of the 12 tribes of the restored nation
of Israel. cf. Revelation 20:4
V.29 ** If that is what the "disciples" (or apostles
as they came to be known) will receive, what about the rest of us who
also gave up everything for Christ?
Whatever we "gave up" for Christ's sake, we shall receive
"many times as much, and shall inherit eternal life." cf. Mark 10:29-30
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