Matthew 19:26

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Matthew 19:26 New King James Version (NKJV)

26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

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History Behind This Verse:

Jesus was speaking to His disciples in this verse.  They had been asking Him questions about right and wrong and trying to figure out how to be GOOD enough to enter Heaven.  After telling His disciples many things about right and wrong, divorce, celibacy, and the likes, a rich young ruler came to Jesus and tried to prove his ability to earn Heaven through his own "goodness"....

Let's read a few verses which precede verse 29.

16 Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”

17 So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”

18 He said to Him, “Which ones?”

Jesus said, “‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ 19 ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

20 The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth.What do I still lack?”

21 Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

 

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NOW back to our verse:

 

23 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

25 When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?”

26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

The first half of this verse is referring to our salvation, which is the ULTIMATE GOAL for all of us!!! It is impossible for any human being to live a life blameless enough to enter Heaven on their own merit.  We are all sinners!  No matter how hard we try, we all sin on a daily basis! It is impossible for us to obtain eternal life on our own terms, but with God THIS possible!!! The only way that we can enter Heaven is by acknowledging and accepting our savior, Jesus! It is only when we are covered by the blood of Jesus that we are worthy.  We must understand and accept the fact that the gates of Heaven will only be open to us through God's GOODNESS!!!

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Key Words

With

Men

This

With-

in some particular relation to (especially implying interaction,company, association, conjunction, or connection)

Men-

a human being; person

This-

referring to a specific thing or situation just mentioned.

 (the previous "thing" or "situation" mentioned in this verse is our Salvation)

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Connection To Us

The first half of this verse is referring to our salvation, which is the ULTIMATE GOAL for all of us!!! It is impossible for any human being to live a life blameless enough to enter Heaven on their own merit.  We are all sinners!  No matter how hard we try, we all sin on a daily basis! It is impossible for us to obtain eternal life on our own terms, but with God THIS possible!!!

Three Words

Let's reflect deeper on the three key words for today:  With , Men, and This

Looking at the definitions of these three words shows us just how limited both ourselves and our fellow "man" really are.

Facts to remember:

  1. No human has the power to erase even one of their sins.
  2. No one has the power to open the gates of Heaven by their own strength.

But- THIS is possible with God!!!

**********Big Takeaway************

Today, and from this day forward you must learn to REST in the fact that God's greatest desire is to have a relationship WITH you.  He is not interested in you trying to prove your goodness to Him or to anyone else.  Salvation isn't about your perfection- it is about your CONNECTION with your Heavenly Father!!!

Thank you Lord for YOUR EXTREME LOVE for us!!!