Matthew 19:16-30 New King James Version
Now behold one came to Him, ” Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”
So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
He said to Him, “Which ones?”
Jesus said, ” ”You shall not murder, ‘You shall not commit adultery’, ‘You shall not bear false witness’, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”
The young man said to Him, “All these things I Have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?”
Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come follow Me.”
But when the young ruler heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.”
When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying “Who then can be saved?”
But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Then Peter answered and said to Him, “See we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?”
So Jesus said to them, “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers, or sisters, or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life, But many who are first will be last, and the last first.
See also: Mark 10:17-27; Luke 17:18-27
Study notes from The MacArthur Study Bible (below)
In telling the ruler to go sell everything, Jesus was exposing the young man’s true heart. His refusal to obey two things: 1)he was not blameless as far as the law was concerned, because he was guilty of loving himself and his possessions more than his neighbors and 2)he lacked true faith, which involves a willingness to surrender all at Christ’s bidding. Jesus was demanding that this young man give Him first place. The young man failed the test come, follow Me. It was a call to faith. It is likely the young man never heard or contemplated it, though, because his own love of his possessions was such a stumbling block that he had already rejected Jesus’ claim to lordship over his life..Thus he walked away in unbelief.
Camel…eye of a needle. It is impossible. Jesus was underscoring the impossibility of anyone’s being saved by merit. Since wealth was deemed proof of God’s approval, and those who had it could give more alms, it was commonly thought that rich people were the most likely candidates for heaven. Jesus destroyed that notion, and along with it the notion that anyone can merit enough divine favor to gain entrance into heaven.
Who can be saved? Salvation is possible only by divine grace.
To Nicole in case you should read this. I know dad says you are really busy. I just want you to know I pray everyday for all of you. I wish you success in your schooling. I know you are very dedicated and are doing well. I miss you everyday of my life. I am so sorry I had to get sick. I don’t know why it happened. I can only live in the now. The past cannot be changed. I have been busy giving God my all. I really would love to just be full-time in God’s work. We all need a little money though. So I am again searching for that part-time job. Whoa, but it so cold here today about eight degrees and no break in sight. At least my car seems to be okay (Praise the Lord). It had an oil leak after it got a used engine. Anyway I love you for always, I miss you for always and for always my daughter you will be.
P.S. Yesterday was so beautiful. Our church has Bible classes for kids in elementary schools once a month. Also they go four times monthly to two other schools. Then we have our teens and young children regular members classes. It was the first time I volunteered. Our members are being more committed to becoming more active in church activities and the lives of our members… let me tell you this was just so joyful. Even today I cannot stop smiling about the experience. These kids love the Lord and are learning the Bible.