Chambersburg Bible Church

Let God be Magnified

Text: Matthew 19:17-30Matthew 19:17-30
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. 18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, 19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? 21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. 22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. 23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. 24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. 25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? 26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. 27 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? 28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. 30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.  

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Topic: To show how eternal life would never be a reality apart from God

Matthew 19 introduces a rich young ruler and his discussion with Jesus regarding eternal life. This account is recorded in all three of the synoptic gospels, all of which tell us a little bit about the man. Matthew 19:22Matthew 19:22
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22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.  

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says he was a young man and Luke 18:18Luke 18:18
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18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?  

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states that he was a wealthy man. He was a spiritual man desiring to follow God’s law with a innate concern for what he must do to obtain eternal life. Yet in even his youth, it was ultimately the love for riches that hindered him from trusting in Christ and finding the truth of eternal life.

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  • The greatest misconceptions in the world
    • “Salvation can be obtained through doing something”
      • Even though the man was religious, he was still not right with God
      • He thought that eternal life was acquired by “doing”
    • “Salvation can be gained being someone”
      • This was a good man
      • This was a sincere man
      • This was a man looking for answers
      • This was a man like so many people today

  • The greatest standard in the world
    • The commandments of God
      • Look at how Jesus answers in verse 17
      • Christ’s answer may be surprising
        • Why did Jesus answer by telling him to keep the commandments?
        • Was Jesus telling him that eternal life can be gained through obedience to the Law?
      • Not only that, but look at which commandments Jesus mentions.
        • All were from the “second table” of the law
        • All dealt with man’s relationship with fellow man
        • None of the commandments dealt with man’s relationship with God
      • Why didn’t Jesus tell him that man could not be saved by good works?
        • Needed to trust Christ!
        • Needed to repent!
  • The intent of the commandments
    • We do not know how much time elapsed between Jesus’ answer and the man’s response
      • “I’ve done all that from my youth up! What yet do I lack?”
      • “What additional good deeds must I be doing over and above all those which I have been habitually keeping from my youth?”
    • In Matthew 19:21Matthew 19:21
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      21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.  

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      Jesus brought the rich, young ruler face to face with the fact that something was more important to him than being saved. Christ knew exactly what the man’s heart and offered a choice which would demand faith
      • There was something he was unwilling to give up
        • His money was his god
        • His countenance fell and he walked away without eternal life
      • Salvation is possible for those who are willing to deny self.
  • The greatest gift in the world
    • Salvation is impossible with man
      • Who then can be saved?
        • It is impossible apart from God
        • No amount of good works
        • No amount of self effort
      • Like a camel trying to pass through the eye of a needle
        • It is not just difficult, it is impossible
        • Man left to himself will never be saved
    • Salvation is possible with God

Have you ever asked the question:

“What must I do to inherit eternal life?”

Trust Christ today!

Posted by Pastor Yoder On April 1, 2013 Sermons

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