And when he had called the people to him with his disciples also, he said to them, Whoever will come after me, let him deny himself…
1. Necessity for salvation. Having become corrupt through apostasy, we must be wrought on a different mould.
2. Grateful imitation and return. Christ's love draws out ours.
3. Spiritual and eternal recompense. Even this world's goods will be restored, if God sees we would benefit by possessing them. But in most cases the reward is wholly spiritual — the favour of heaven instead of the friendship of mortals — the blessed experience of being on the side of God and right.
Parallel VersesKJV: And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.