Remember God’s Word concerning conversion and the use of the Law:
The law of the LORD is [b](I)perfect, (J)restoring the soul;
The testimony of the LORD is (K)sure, making (L)wise the simple.
Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.
How did Jesus used the Law in evangelism?
(Also seen in other Gospel account: Matthew 19:16-30, Luke 18:18-30)
I. Who was the man that came to Jesus?
a. According to Luke 18:18 account, he was “a certain ruler”
b. According to Luke 18:23, he was “extremely rich”
c. According to Mark 10:22 and Matthew 19:22, he “owned much property”
II. The question
a. “what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” (v.17b)
III. The man’s view of Jesus
a. He believed Jesus can answer his question: “what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
b. He saw Jesus as a good teacher (Mark 10:17)
c. Jesus was so worthy as a good teacher, that this young man ran to Jesus (Mark 10:17)
d. Probably did not believe that Jesus was God, given Jesus response of why did he call Jesus good, and that only God is good.
IV. The dilemma
a. Given that he did not believe Jesus was God, this man probably thought we can be good by human effort.
b. In light of the above, it is disturbing that the man said “what shall I do…” concerning receiving eternal life.
–>CONTRA Ephesians 2:8-9
V. The Way of the Master
a. In order for the guy to understand how to inherit eternal life, Jesus challenged the rich young ruler’s concept of goodness
i. Only God is good: “And Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.” (Mark 10:18)
ii. If Only God is good, and man is not God, therefore, man cannot be truly good.
b. In order for the guy to understand how to inherit eternal life, Jesus challenged the rich young ruler with the Law of God
i. “”You know the commandments, ‘DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, Do not defraud, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.’”” (Mark 10:19)
1. Jesus appeal to the Laws of God as something the man should know: “You know the commandments”
a. He should know it from the Old Testament
b. And everyone who does not know the Scriptures also know the laws of God in their hearts (Romans 2:14-15a)
2. These commandments were quoted from Exodus 20:12-16 and Deuteronomy 5:16-20.
VI. The response
a. “And he said to Him, “Teacher, I have kept (B)all these things from my youth up.” (Mark 10:20)
b. There is an amount of self-deceptive self-righteousness, in light of the Old Testament teaching that none is righteous (Psalms 14:1-3; 53:1-3)
VII. The Way of the Master Continued
a. In order for the guy to understand how to inherit eternal life, Jesus applied the two Greatest commandments specifically to the situation to unmask the self-deceptive self-righteousness:
i. “Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have (C)treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” (Mark10:21)
1. Applying the greatest commandment to love God with all of our heart, mind, and soul.
a. In light of this, if God demanded that anyone were to follow him everywhere, that individual should do it.
b. Jesus applied and made it specific to this individual to show the man God’s requirement of the Greatest commandment when Jesus said, “and come, follow Me.’”
2. Applying the second greatest commandment to others as yourself.
a. To love others as yourself is like wrapping your entire skin around somebody, and saying they are you.
b. In light of this, if you truly love others as yourself, then you will treat them as you would want to be treated.
c. Jesus applied and made it specific to this individual to show the man God’s requirement of the Greatest commandment when Jesus said, “go and sell all you possess and give to the poor,’”
VIII. The response to the Way of the Master is not always salvation
a. “But at these words he was saddened, and he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property. “ (Mark 10:22)
b. But they are no longer self-deceptive of their own righteousness, and come to realize their need for a Savior.
IX. What the Way of the Master does
a. It leads one to realize how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God by self-righteousness
i. He emphasized this by saying it twice: “And Jesus, looking around, said to His disciples, “(D)How hard it will be for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!” 24The disciples (E)were amazed at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!” (Mark 10:23-24)
ii. He illustrated it his point: “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:25)
b. It leads one to wonder how one can be saved
i. “They were even more astonished and said to Him, “Then who can be saved?”" (Mark 10:26)
1. Note that there is no sense of self-reliance in this question
c. It leads one to here of what God has done
i. “Looking at them, Jesus said, “(G)With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.”” (Mark 10:27)
X. The motive and manner of the Way of the Master
a. Motive influences the manner in which we evangelize the Master’s Way
b. Love: “Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have (C)treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” (Mark 10:21)
c. Centered on God’s righteousness instead of man: “Looking at them, Jesus said, “(G)With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.”” (Mark 10:27)
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