It is common to hear the rich young ruler cited as an example of why one should not seek God's grace for provision. This account is recorded in Luke 18:18; Mark 10:17 and Matthew 19:16. It is necessary to keep in its proper context the scriptures when interpreting the meaning. The account in Mark is found below. In Luke 18:18 we are told the man is a certain ruler or 'archon' in Greek. This man was part of the ruling class associated with the Sanhedrin. The Sanhedrin were law makers and also the court in the land.
This man ran to Jesus and knelt before Him because he wanted to know what he needed to DO to receive eternal life. He was asking from the context of the law - what works he needed to DO. Jesus answered his question exactly by referring to the law. The ruler replied that he had kept all the commandments. Of course this is not possible but he thought that he had done so. Jesus then pointed out that the wealth possessed this man and told him to give his riches away. Notice importantly that it says that Jesus loved him. Jesus was giving this man the solution. It was specific to him because he asked what he needed to DO. This ruler was relying on his obedience to the commandments and Jesus was showing him that he could not succeed in this.
Mark 10:17 Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”
18 So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ ”
20 And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.”
21 Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”
22 But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
23 Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” ...
Now the disciples were astonished because they saw how impossible it was to be saved. But Jesus said 'all things are possible with God'. Why? Because God has made a way and it is not by doing but by believing. Ultimately one needs to realize that keeping the law (Doing) is futile and we all need to come under the grace of God who fulfilled the law for us through Jesus.
26 And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, “Who then can be saved?”
27 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”
God is Good !
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