The Gospels: Full of Grace and Truth
Rich Young Ruler
Matthew 19:16-26; Mark 10:17-27; Luke 18:18-27
And, behold, when he was gone forth into the way, a certain ruler came running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do, that I may receive by inheritance eternal life?” (Matthew 19:16; Mark 10:17; Luke 18:18)
- Great QUESTION … I think
- Good “teacher”
- What “good thing” shall I do
- That I might “receive by inheritance” eternal life
And he said unto him, “Why do you call me good? [There is] none good but one, [that is], God:“ (Matthew 19:17)
- Only God can CALL you good
“but if you want to come into life, keep the commandments.” (Matthew 19:17)
- God is no respecter of PERSONS
He said unto him, “Which?” (Matthew 19:18)
- Avoiding the QUESTION
Jesus said, “You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not bear false witness, you shall not defraud, Honor your father and your mother: and, you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 19:18-19; Mark 10:19)
- An interesting ADDITION
The young man said unto him, “All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?” Then Jesus beholding him unconditionally loved him, and said unto him, “If you want to be perfect, there is one thing you lack.” (Matthew 19:20-21; Mark 10:21)
- If you want to be PERFECT
“Go [and] sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven:” (Matthew 19:21)
- I didn’t SIGN up for that
“and come, take up the cross [and] follow me.” But when the young man heard that saying, he was sad and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. (Matthew 19:21-22; Mark 10:21)
- The call to POVERTY
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, “Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.” And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answered again, and said unto them, “Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! 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.’” (Matthew 19:23-24; Mark 10:24)
- RESEARCH before you pass it on
When his disciples heard [it], they were exceedingly amazed, saying, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus beheld [them], and said unto them, “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:25-26)
- The REAL question
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Prep for Next Week
- Begin studying - Laborers in the Vineyard - Matthew 20:1-16
- Pray for an opportunity to invite a friend to church or share the gospel with them
Follow-up Discussion Questions
- Why was the question of the Rich Young Ruler “misguided” at best?
- Biblically speaking, is there such a thing as a “good person?” Why or why not?
- If Jesus were to speak to you, what things might he know about you that you don’t want anybody to know about? (For private reflection)
- How does Jesus deal differently with “sinners” than those who want to be “perfect?”
- How do we know which commands and principles to apply when reading Scripture and which ones are not meant for us?
- How is the call to follow Jesus a call to poverty? What have you had to give up in order to follow Jesus?
- Why is passing on mis-information about Jesus and the Bible harmful?
- Why is it hard for those who have a lot in this world to follow Jesus?
- Why should we focus on questions like “Why does anybody end up in heaven?” rather than “Why do bad things happen to good people?” or “How can a loving God send anybody to hell?”