Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Nothing is impossible

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. – Matthew 19.23-26

Wealth can be a great hindrance to salvation. Folks who have plenty can have a harder time realising that they have a need. Jesus uses the illustration here of a camel going through the eye of a needle as a picture of how hard it is for a rich man to be saved. I am not sure what the illustration means, but it certainly sounds like a difficult thing.

The disciple replied then ‘who can be saved?’ It seems like whatever Jesus was talking about was something in their minds was impossible. They thought ‘if it is that hard for a rich man to get saved then no rich man can be saved.’

Jesus answered with some profound words that we ought to take great strength in  - ‘with men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’

The direct inference is that rich man can be saved because God does the saving, but I think we can take great confidence in the latter part of the verse – ‘with God all things are possible.’

Nothing in our lives is impossible for God to deal with and take care of. If God can save a self-reliant rich man He can save anyone. And, as a sidenote. He can do anything.

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