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Rich Young Ruler

The Rich Young Ruler asked Jesus, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” The answer Jesus gives may surprise you.

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Matthew 19:16-30

16. “The man respectfully addressed Jesus as Teacher. It is apparent from the conversation and his response that the man was sincere in his question about the way to get eternal life, but he was mistaken about how this might come about.” [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]

“When we combine the facts, we learn that this man was rich, young, and a ruler—probably the ruler of a synagogue.” (Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament Volume 1 Matthew-Galatians. [Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2004], 72)

16-17. “What good thing (v. 16) is contrasted with the One who is good (v. 17), suggesting that obtaining eternal life is dependent upon God rather than one’s deeds.” (The Moody Bible Commentary, The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, [Moody Publishers, Chicago, IL, 2014], 1488)

Commandments

18-20. “This young man could say that he had kept these commandments, and yet he recognized a lack in this life. The commandments which our Lord gave him compose the last section of the Decalogue which has to do with a man’s relationship to God.” (McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume IV. [Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983], 105)

“The young man insists that he has obeyed these laws, but still he senses a lack in his life.” (Blomberg, Craig L., The New American Commentary, Volume 22, Matthew. [Nashville: Broadman Press], 298)

21. “Jesus’ answer went straight to this man’s self-righteous god—money. He read him perfectly. He knew where his heart and treasure lay (Matt. 6:21). To make such a sacrifice would be to exchange earthly wealth for treasure in heaven (cf. 6:19-20).” [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]

22. “It was his money that was keeping him from the Lord Jesus Christ. Is there something that is separating you from Christ? Is there anything in the way that is keeping you from Him?” (McGee, 105)

Wealth

23. “Note that Jesus did not say such a thing is impossible; merely unlikely, because of the lure of earthly wealth. The rich young ruler had bought into a form of what is today called prosperity theology, which teaches that God blesses those who follow him with material riches.” [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]

24. “But Jesus pressed home his argument as his restatement heightened to the point of impossibility. Such a thing is even harder than putting a camel (the largest animal of that region) through the eye of a needle.” [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]

25. “The disciples respond in amazement, perhaps reflecting the tradition that equated riches with God’s blessing.” (Blomberg, 300)

“In His life and teaching, Jesus tried to show the people that the inner spiritual blessings are far more important than material gains.” (Wiersbe, 73)

“It is good to possess wealth if wealth does not possess you.” (Wiersbe, 73)

26. “Jesus Christ demands of all who will follow Him that they love Him supremely.” (Wiersbe, 73)

“As far as any person is concerned—regardless of who you are—you are a candidate for salvation if you recognize that you have nothing to offer God but come to Him like a beggar with empty hands.” (McGee, 106)

Reward

27. “In contrast to the rich young ruler the twelve left the little they had to follow Jesus. How would it benefit them?” (Moody, 1489)

28. “Jesus gave them a marvelous promise of rewards in this life and in the next. They would even share thrones in the next.” (Wiersbe, 73)

29. “There is to be a reward for the saved ones who have sacrificed for Jesus’ sake.” (McGee, 106)

“The true follower (in contrast to the rich young ruler) will inherit eternal life.” [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]

30. “The statement in context states that God’s grace extends to those who approach God in childlike trust (vv. 13-15). God will incorporate and advance them in the kingdom.” (Moody, 1489)

References

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
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New American Standard Bible (NASB)
New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995, 2020 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved.

New King James Version (NKJV)
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

In this article Scripture quotations taken from KJV.

Blomberg, Craig L., The New American Commentary, Volume 22, Matthew. Nashville: Broadman Press
McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume IV. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983
The Moody Bible Commentary, The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, Moody Publishers, Chicago, IL, 2014
Robertson, A. T., A Harmony of the Gospels. New York, HarperCollins Publishers
Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament Volume 1 Matthew-Galatians. Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2004

 

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