25When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
25 Verse 25. Who can be saved?] The question of the disciples
seemed to intimate that most people were rich, and that therefore
scarcely any could be saved. They certainly must have attached a
different meaning to what constitutes a rich man, to what we in
general do. Who is a rich man in our Lord's sense of the word?
This is a very important question, and has not, that I know of,
been explicitly answered. A rich man, in my opinion, is not one
who has so many hundreds or thousands more than some of his
neighbours; but is one who gets more than is necessary to supply
all his own wants, and those of his household, and keeps the
residue still to himself, though the poor are starving through
lack of the necessaries of life. In a word, he is a man who gets
all he can, saves all he can, and keeps all he has gotten. Speak,
reason! Speak, conscience! (for God has already spoken) Can
such a person enter into the kingdom of God? ALL, NO!!!