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Here’s an amazing line that came from Jesus’ mouth: “With God all things are possible.” This is very true, and very amazing. Here’s the context that prompted Jesus to say it in Matthew 19:16-26:
Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, â€œTeacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?â€ â€œWhy do you ask me about what is good?â€ Jesus replied. â€œThere is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.â€ â€œWhich ones?â€ he inquired. Jesus replied, â€œâ€˜You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother,’ and â€˜love your neighbor as yourself.â€™â€ â€œAll these I have kept,â€ the young man said. â€œWhat do I still lack?â€ Jesus answered, â€œIf you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.â€ When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. Then Jesus said to his disciples, â€œTruly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.â€ When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, â€œWho then can be saved?â€ Jesus looked at them and said, â€œWith man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.â€To be more accurate, this verse is often quoted without acknowledging anything about the original context. We love to quote the last verse of this passage by itself. But if you read it in context it might be more accurate to say it this way: All things are possible with God. Even rich people can be saved!
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