QuestionsBro. David Chancellor
12/10/2000 11:00 AM
The questions here focus our attention on mankind and his need. The rich young ruler wanted to add to his possessions. "Good master, how can this good man be one of yours." Christ asked, "Why callest thou me good?" or "Where did you get this 'good' stuff?" There is no man just naturally good. If we try to plead our goodness where God is concerned, don't expect to prosper. Our "goodness" is not our confidence. The goodness of God is our confidence. Jesus told him to keep the commandments and the ruler asked "Which?" Christ gave him the ones humans feel like they could do the best at, but do more often than they think. Being a "good, moral citizen," isn't enough. There was something lacking in this young man's life. This young man had morality and doctrinal knowledge, but he didn't have life in the soul. You don't just "grow into" eternal life. It's not just adding goodness to your goodness. Growing up in church has its good points, but it won't give you what is needed in your soul. This young man had a thing he thought he could not go through life without. His case was possessions. There are many things we may think we can't go through life without. You cannot go through life without God. If the thing you "can't go through life without" is not God, then it is the wrong thing. Anything that we can't give up for God keeps us from entering in to the kingdom. "Who then can be saved?" If we all try to get there on our goodness, greatness and capabilities, we'll never get there.
The question that must come before salvation is this: "O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from this body of death?" The one wanting to add good to his own goodness won't get it. The one seeking deliverance is the one that can be saved. People need to see the destruction of sin. We need to cast all our care on God. The sinner is bound. "Who can deliver me from the body of this death?" Modern theology brings sinners to this point and leaves them there. They picture this as a saved person.
This is Jesus! This is the answer to the question. Jesus can deliver. The Spirit of God can deliver. We need to carry the message. The world needs to hear that they can be free. The rich young ruler needed a deliverer. Humanity needs to see they are in bondage. A little religion won't help. A profession won't set you free. Jesus came to set free mankind. You can't work your way into this - you have to be set free. Saints can come to God to deliver from the things that come against them.
With man it is impossible... to go without that thing... but with God, all things are possible. We need the one that can make the impossible possible.