Matthew 19:27 Index
"Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?"
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"Then answered Peter . . . "

  • As so frequently the case, Peter comes forward as spokesman for the disciples (Matthew 16:16; Matthew 17:4). (5BC 459)

" . . . we have forsaken all . . . "

  • Peter did not overstate the case (Luke 5:11). The disciples had fulfilled basically the requirement just set before the rich young ruler (Matthew 19:21). They had done what he was unwilling to do. Were they, then, well on the road toward that perfection of which Jesus spoke? Were they eligible to "enter into life" (Matthew 19:17)? (5BC 459)
  •  If you make the sacrifice, if you have to forsake father, mother, sisters, brothers, wife, and children for Christ's sake, you will not be friendless. God adopts you into His family; you become members of the royal household, sons and daughters of the King who rules in the heaven of heavens. Can you desire a more exalted position than is here promised? Is not this enough? (1T 510)
  • There are men and women who have left all for Christ's sake. Their own temporal interests, their own enjoyment of society and of family and friends, are made of less importance than the interests of the kingdom of God. They have not made houses and lands, and relatives and friends however dear, first in their affections, and God's cause second. And those who do this, who devote their lives to the advancement of the truth, to bringing many sons and daughters to God, have the promise that they shall have a hundredfold in this life and in the world to come life everlasting. Those who work from a noble standpoint and with unselfish motives will be consecrated to God, body, soul, and spirit. They will not exalt self; they will not feel competent to take responsibilities; but they will not refuse to bear burdens, for they will have a desire to do all that they are capable of doing. These will not study their own convenience; the question with them will be: What is duty? (5T 428)

" . . . what shall we have . . . "

  • Peter's thoughts were on the rewards of discipleship. Self-denial practiced with one eye diverted in the direction of the expected reward will never merit the "well done" that Heaven waits to bestow for faithful service (Matthew 25:21 and Matthew 25:23). (5BC 460)
  •  “And everyone that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life” (Matthew 19:29). Here is the reward for those who sacrifice for God. They receive a hundredfold in this life, and shall inherit everlasting life. (The Review and Herald article, "Will a Man Rob God," May 16, 1882)
  • Peter said, “Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed Thee; what shall we have therefore?" This question on the part of Peter showed that he thought that a certain amount of work on the part of the apostles would be deserving of a certain amount of reward. Among the disciples there was a spirit of complacency, of self-exaltation, and they made comparisons among themselves. If any one of them signally failed, others felt themselves superior. Jesus saw a spirit coming in that must be checked. He could read the hearts of men, and He saw their tendencies to selfishness in the question, “What shall we have?” He must correct this evil before it assumed gigantic proportions.
    • The disciples were in danger of losing sight of the true principles of the gospel. By the use of this parable [of the laborers who were called] He teaches them that the reward is not of works, lest any man should boast, but it is all of grace. The laborer called into the vineyard at the beginning of the day had his reward in the grace that was given him. But the one to whom the last call came, had the same grace as had the first. The work was all of grace, and no one was to glory over another. There was to be no grudging one against another. No one was privileged above another, nor could any one claim the reward as his right. Peter expressed the feelings of a hireling. (The Review and Herald article "Parable of the Laborers," July 10, 1894)
  • Every sacrifice made for Christ will be for your eternal gain. (The Review and Herald article "An Appeal In Behalf of Our Missions in Europe," March 21, 1878)
  • Peter was the first to rally from the secret conviction wrought by the Saviour's words. He thought with satisfaction of what he and his brethren had given up for Christ. “Behold,” he said, “we have forsaken all, and followed Thee” (Matthew 19:27). Remembering the conditional promise to the young ruler, “Thou shalt have treasure in heaven” (Matthew 19:21), he now asked what he and his companions were to receive as a reward for their sacrifices.
    • The Saviour's answer thrilled the hearts of those Galilean fishermen. It pictured honors that fulfilled their highest dreams: “Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of His glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Matthew 19:28). And He added, “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" (Mark 10:29), "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 10:30).
    • But Peter's question, “What shall we have therefore?” had revealed a spirit that uncorrected would unfit the disciples to be messengers for Christ; for it was the spirit of a hireling. While they had been attracted by the love of Jesus, the disciples were not wholly free from Pharisaism. They still worked with the thought of meriting a reward in proportion to their labor. They cherished a spirit of self-exaltation and self-complacency, and made comparisons among themselves. When one of them failed in any particular, the others indulged feelings of superiority.
    • Lest the disciples should lose sight of the principles of the gospel, Christ related to them a parable illustrating the manner in which God deals with His servants, and the spirit in which He desires them to labor for Him. (COL 395-396)

" . . . what shall we have therefore?"

  • Here is the reward for those who sacrifice for God. They receive a hundredfold in this life, and shall inherit everlasting life. (1T 173)
  • Those who really feel an interest in the cause of God, and are willing to venture something for its advancement, will find it a sure and safe investment. Some will have a hundredfold in this life, and in the world to come life everlasting. But all will not receive their hundredfold in this life, because they cannot bear it. If entrusted with much, they would become unwise stewards. The Lord withholds it for their good; but their treasure in heaven will be secure. How much better is such an investment as this! (1T 226)