The Hard Sayings of Jesus
I haven't read the book, but since I began to recognize that Jesus wasn't
always referring to the same times periods when he spoke, I haven't had a problem with too many of his sayings, even
the hard ones (that many say he couldn't possibly have meant literally).
I believe he did mean exactly what he said, and when we learn to rightly
divide the word of God, it is easy to see that he did.
Matthew 16:24-26 would have been a hard saying to those who followed
Jesus while he walked the earth.
Modern Christians have spiritualized it to the point where we sing songs
about "taking up our cross" without giving it a single thought.
We have even romanticized it.
In Jesus' day, there was absolutely nothing romantic about it.
Dying on a cross was a horrific reality that no one would dream of singing
about, romanticizing or spiritualizing.
I'm getting to the Bible prophecy part.
Is Romans 10:13 compatible with Matthew 24:13 if there are
not different dispensations where God deals with men differently?
I say no.
In Matthew 16:24-27, Jesus is clearing speaking of a time period (dispensation) that
is completely "incompatible" with the time period both Peter and Paul referred to in Romans 10:13 and
Acts 2:21 when they quoted the prophet Joel on the requirements of salvation.
Can a person be assured of salvation if they must endure to the end to
No. They absolutely cannot make the statement, "I am saved." Because
they will not be saved until they endure "to the end" (Matthew 24:13).
Yet today, in this present dispensation, we can make the statement, "I
am saved" (Ephesians 3:2).
And we have scriptures that tell us we have the "assurance" that we are
(right now) saved (1 John 5:11-13).
Calling on the Lord for salvation and enduring to the end for salvation
are completely contradictory terms.
They are referring to completely different time periods (ages/dispensations).
I believe, in Matthew 16:24-26, Jesus is speaking to the people about
the time period just prior to his physical return (:27 "for" the son of man shall come in the glory...
that one little word "for" connects verse 27 with verses 24-26, where Jesus is telling his followers that matyrdom will
be the only way to salvation for
some of them).
I believe, in these verses, he is referencing the time when men
and women will be asked to exchange their souls for the tangible benefits offered by the man of sin... or pay
for their refusal with their lives (Revelation 13:15-17/Revelation 14:11-13 ).
Matthew 16:26:... what will a man give "in exchange" for his soul?