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The Harmony of the Gospels, Book II

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Chapter 55. Of the Harmony Between the Three Evangelists in the Notices Which They Subjoin of the Manner in Which the Lord Charged the Man to Follow Him Who Wished to Come After Him.

111. Matthew continues thus: Then said Jesus unto His disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me; and so on, down to the words, And then He shall reward every man according to his work. This is appended also by Mark, who keeps the same order. But he does not say of the Son of man, who was to come with His angels, that He is to reward every man according to his work. Nevertheless, he mentions at the same time that the Lord spoke to this effect: Whosoever shall be ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels. And this may be taken to bear the same sense as is expressed by Matthew, when he says, that He shall reward every man according to his work. Luke also adds the same statements in the same order, slightly varying the terms indeed in which they are conveyed, but still showing a complete parallel with the others in regard to the truthful reproduction of the self-same ideas.

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