“And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, but he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life” (Mark 10:29,30).
Hundredfold means that the loss shall be a hundred times “compensated” or made up. This consists in joy, peace, pardon of sin, favor of God, peace of conscience, support in trials and in death, and raising up “friends”, provide of our physical needs…etc.
And it is true that godliness is profitable “for all things,” having the promise of the life that is, as well as of that which is to come. “The favor of God” is the security for every blessing. Obedience to His law secures industry, temperance, chastity, economy, prudence, health, and the confidence of the world – all indispensable factors to success in this life. Thus the believers will have all blessings “here,” and “eternal” blessings hereafter.
Help through the trials
But Mark 10:30, adds the words “With persecutions.” Jesus did not conceal the fact that there will be trials. But with the promises of the Bible in our hand, we may rejoice even among persecutions. “But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified” (1 Peter 4:12-13).
Jesus said, “Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets” (Luke 6:22,23).
Paul affirmed, “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory” (1 Peter 1:7,8).
Thus , the believers may rejoice that amid the trials and problems, the Lord has furnished such abundant consolations and love.
In His service,
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