Matthew 12:50
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New International Version
For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother."

King James Bible
For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

Darby Bible Translation
for whosoever shall do the will of my Father who is in [the] heavens, he is my brother, and sister, and mother.

World English Bible
For whoever does the will of my Father who is in heaven, he is my brother, and sister, and mother."

Young's Literal Translation
for whoever may do the will of my Father who is in the heavens, he is my brother, and sister, and mother.'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Whosoever shall do the will of my Father, etc. - Those are the best acknowledged relatives of Christ who are united to him by spiritual ties, and who are become one with him by the indwelling of his Spirit. We generally suppose that Christ's relatives must have shared much of his affectionate attention; and doubtless they did: but here we find that whosoever does the will of God is equally esteemed by Christ, as his brother, sister, or even his virgin mother. What an encouragement for fervent attachment to God!

1. From various facts related in this chapter, we see the nature and design of the revelation of God, and of all the ordinances and precepts contained in it - they are all calculated to do man good: to improve his understanding, to soften and change his nature, that he may love his neighbor as himself. That religion that does not inculcate and produce humanity never came from heaven.

2. We have already seen what the sin against the Holy Ghost is: no soul that fears God can commit it: perhaps it would be impossible for any but Jews to be guilty of it, and they only in the circumstances mentioned in the text; and in such circumstances, it is impossible that any person should now be found.

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do.

Matthew 7:20,21 Why by their fruits you shall know them...

Matthew 17:5 While he yet spoke, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son...

Mark 3:35 For whoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.

Luke 8:21 And he answered and said to them, My mother and my brothers are these which hear the word of God, and do it.

Luke 11:27,28 And it came to pass, as he spoke these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said to him...

John 6:29,40 Jesus answered and said to them, This is the work of God, that you believe on him whom he has sent...

John 15:14 You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you.

Acts 3:22,23 For Moses truly said to the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up to you of your brothers, like to me...

Acts 16:30,31 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved...

Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands all men every where to repent:

Acts 26:20 But showed first to them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles...

Galatians 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which works by love.

Galatians 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

Colossians 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all...

Hebrews 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation to all them that obey him;

James 1:21,22 Why lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word...

1 Peter 4:2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.

1 John 2:17 And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of God stays for ever.

1 John 3:23,24 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another...

Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life...

the same.

Matthew 25:40,45 And the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these my brothers...

Matthew 28:10 Then said Jesus to them, Be not afraid: go tell my brothers that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

Psalm 22:22 I will declare your name to my brothers: in the middle of the congregation will I praise you.

John 20:17 Jesus said to her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brothers, and say to them, I ascend to my Father...

Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son...

Hebrews 2:11-17 For both he that sanctifies and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brothers...

and sister.

Songs 4:9,10,12 You have ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; you have ravished my heart with one of your eyes, with one chain of your neck...

Songs 5:1,2 I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey...

1 Corinthians 9:5 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas?

2 Corinthians 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband...

Ephesians 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it...

and mother.

John 19:26,27 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he said to his mother, Woman, behold your son!...

1 Timothy 5:2 The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.

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An Attempt to Account for Jesus
'But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This man doth not cast out demons, but by Beelzebub, the prince of the demons.'--MATT. xii. 24. Mark's Gospel tells us that this astonishing explanation of Christ and His work was due to the ingenious malice of an ecclesiastical deputation, sent down from Jerusalem to prevent the simple folk in Galilee from being led away by this new Teacher. They must have been very hard put to it to explain undeniable but unwelcome facts, when they hazarded such a preposterous
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

'A Greater than Solomon'
'A greater than Solomon is here.'--MATT. xii. 42. It is condescension in Him to compare Himself with any; yet if any might have been selected, it is that great name. To the Jews Solomon is an ideal figure, who appealed so strongly to popular imagination as to become the centre of endless legends; whose dominion was the very apex of national glory, in recounting whose splendours the historical books seem to be scarce able to restrain their triumph and pride. I. The Man. The story gives us a richly
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

What are Evidences of Backsliding in Heart.
1. Manifest formality in religious exercises. A stereotyped, formal way of saying and doing things, that is clearly the result of habit, rather than the outgushing of the religious life. This formality will be emotionless and cold as an iceberg, and will evince a total want of earnestness in the performance of religious duty. In prayer and in religious exercises the backslider in heart will pray or praise, or confess, or give thanks with his lips, so that all can hear him, perhaps, but in such a
Charles G. Finney—The Backslider in Heart

Lesser and Fuller Forms.
Moreover, we have endeavoured to use the fullest form, including the words of those Gospels which have the lesser forms of sentences, except where the sentence ends in a period, in which case have given the least form, so that the larger form of the other Gospels might be made apparent; as, for instance, this sentence, taken from Matt. xii. 47; Mark iii. 32; Luke viii. 20: ^c 20 And it was told him, ^a Behold, thy mother and thy brethren bseek for thee. ^c stand without desiring to see thee. ^a seeking
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

Cross References
Matthew 12:49
Pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers.

Matthew 13:1
That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake.

John 15:14
You are my friends if you do what I command.

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