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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Bible Study - verse by verse # 53

Matthew 19:21 Should all believers sell everything they own? No. We are responsible to care for our own needs and the needs of our families so as not to be a burden on others. We should, however, be willing to give up anything if God asks us to do so. This kind of attitude allows nothing to come between us an God and keeps us from using our God-given wealth selfishly. If you are comforted by the fact that Christ did not tell all His followers to sell their possessions, then you may be too attached to what you have.

Matthew 19:24 Because it is impossible for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, it appears impossible for a rich person to get into the kingdom of God. Jesus explained, however, that "with God all things are possible". Even rich people can enter the kingdom if God brings them in. Faith in Christ, not in "self" or "riches" is what counts. On what are we counting for salvation?

Matthew 19:25-26 The disciples were astonished. They thought that if anyone could be saved, it would be the rich, whom their culture considered especially blessed by God.

Matthew 19:27 In the Bible, God gives rewards to His people according to His justice. In the Old Testament, obedience often brought reward in this life, but obedience and immediate reward are not always linked. If they were, good people would always be rich, and suffering would always be a sign of sin. As believers, our true reward is God's presence and power through the Holy Spirit. Later, in eternity, we will be rewarded for our faith and service. If material rewards in this life came to us for every faithful deed, we would be tempted to boast about our achievements and act out of wrong motivations.

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