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Matthew 16:27

27 "For the 1Son of Man 2is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and 3WILL THEN REPAY EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS.

Matthew 16:27 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 16:27

For the son of man shall come in the glory of his Father,
&c.] This is a reason, proving the truth of what is before asserted, that men's lives may be lost by saving them, and be found by losing them, whatever paradoxes they may seem to be; and that the loss of a soul is irrecoverable, and no compensation can be made for it; and points out the time, when all this will appear: for nothing is more certain, and to be depended upon, than that Christ, who, though he was then a mean and contemptible man, and attended with the sinless infirmities of human nature, wherefore he calls himself, "the son of man", should come; either a second time to judgment at the last day, in the same glory as his Father, as his Son, equal with him, and clothed, with power and authority from him, and as mediator, to execute judgment: with his angels; the Holy Ones, so the Syriac and Persic versions read, and so some copies; who will add to the glory of his appearance; and will be employed in gathering all nations before him, and in executing his will: or, in his power, to take vengeance on the Jewish nation; on those that crucified him, or did not believe in him, or deserted and apostatised from him. And then he shall reward every man according to his works, or work; either that particular action of putting him to death, or their unbelief in him, or desertion of him; or any, or all of their evil works, they had been guilty of: for though good works are not the cause of salvation, nor for which men will be rewarded; though they may be brought into judgment, as proofs and evidences of true faith, in the person, blood, and righteousness of Christ, by which good men will be acquitted and discharged; yet evil works will be the cause of condemnation, and the rule of judgment; and the reason of adjudging to temporal punishment here, and eternal destruction hereafter.

Matthew 16:27 In-Context

25 "For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
26 "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
27 "For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and WILL THEN REPAY EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS.
28 "Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom."

Cross References 3

  • 1. Matthew 8:20
  • 2. Matthew 10:23; Matthew 24:3, 27, 37, 39; Matthew 26:64; Mark 8:38; Mark 13:26; Luke 21:27; John 21:22; Acts 1:11; 1 Corinthians 15:23; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; 2 Thessalonians 1:7, 10; 2 Thessalonians 2:1, 8; James 5:7; 2 Peter 1:16; 2 Peter 3:4, 12; 1 John 2:28; Revelation 1:7
  • 3. Psalms 62:12; Proverbs 24:12; Romans 2:6; Romans 14:12; 1 Corinthians 3:13; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Ephesians 6:8; Colossians 3:25; Revelation 2:23; Revelation 20:12; Revelation 22:12

Footnotes 2

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