The Apostles’ Reward

27 Then Peter answered and said to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?”

28 So Jesus said to them, “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. 30 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” – Matthew 19:27-30.

The Lord’s Maximum — Peter asks Jesus what those who have left all to follow Him would receive. Jesus assures him that in the regeneration when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, such would receive the Lord’s maximum blessings! They would have a position of authority and influence, receive a new Christian family, a hundredfold blessing, and inherit eternal life. There would be many reversals of earth’s wealth in that day, when some poor people will find themselves incredibly and eternally rich. The reverse would also be true.

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Specifically to these twelve who forsook their livelihoods to follow Jesus’ call, Jesus promises that they would sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel (Mt 19:28). That Jesus would reward his loyal followers would not have surprised them; they seem to have expected as much (16:16, 21-22; 20:20-22). Thus when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne (19:28; compare 25:31; for “glory,” 24:30) those who have followed Him in His humble estate would rule (a common sense of “judge”; compare, for example, Judges 4:4; 10:3; 12:7-14; 15:20) Israel’s twelve tribes. Indeed, Jesus probably chose exactly twelve disciples with such a connection in mind.

The lesson extends beyond the Twelve (5:19; 20:23): those (everyone) who sacrifice now and become least in this age will inherit the place of honor in the coming age. The disciples’ reward in the kingdom would be in proportion to their sacrifice.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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