Who can be saved? (Mt 19:25-19:25)

“When the disciples

Heard this,

They were greatly astonished.

They said.

‘Then who can be saved?’”


ἀκούσαντες δὲ οἱ μαθηταὶ ἐξεπλήσσοντο σφόδρα λέγοντες Τίς ἄρα δύναται σωθῆναι;


This reaction of the disciples can be found in Mark, chapter 10:26, and Luke, chapter 18:26, almost word for word.  When the disciples of Jesus heard this saying (ἀκούσαντες δὲ οἱ μαθηταὶ), they were greatly shocked, astonished, and amazed (ἐξεπλήσσοντο σφόδρα).  They then wondered who then could possibly be saved (Τίς ἄρα δύναται σωθῆναι)?  Could anyone be saved?  Everyone had some kind of wealth so that this was a very difficult saying for them.