Riches and Kingdom of Heaven

Posted: 16 January, 2008 in Ponderings
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This young man, supposing a Jew, came and asked Jesus how to inherit eternal life. The point of discussion is Eternal Life. Jesus’ replies gave us the answers.

Jesus replied why that he asked what is good. Jesus is implying here that eternal life is good. (OK, so that’s obvious). The important point is, He said that there is only ONE who is good, which is Himself . So,

Eternal Life = good = the ONE =>Jesus

The obeying of the commandments, the law of God, if you want to enter life,  note that it is not eternal life as asked by the man, sets the condition that Jesus Christ who is the real fulfillment of the law and that man is not justified for eternal life by the works of the law.

nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.   Galatians 2:16

Jesus further elaborated that if he wants to be perfect, he has to give all his riches to the poor and follow Him.

  • To be perfect, we follow Jesus, John 12:20.
  • To be perfect, we give to the poor, loving one another, to be His disciples, John 13:34.
  • To be perfect, there must be no other gods before Him, Exodus 20:3. The very first and most important commandment, the young man apparently failed, thus failing the entire mosaic convenant, which he claimed to have kept.

Riches and Kingdom of Heaven, Piles of MoneyJesus then explained it is impossible for rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, because he will see greed and self-suffiicience in his riches.

Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”   Luke 12:15

“This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.”   Luke 12:21

Who then can be saved?

With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

There are many misunderstandings with this biblical incident. Man is only justified through faith by Christ Jesus, and even man’s best effort fails short.

Nothing wrong with being rich, having riches as the Lord bless. But to guard against the bondage of greed and self-sufficience. Blinded to the needs of the needy. To build faulty confidence and self-worth in riches than on God alone. To store up treasure on earth rather than heaven, because that is where your heart will be.

Goodbye, DB9.

Riches and Kingdom of Heaven, Aston Martin DB9

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