Sunday, Feb 19, 2017PM Service
The Gospel According to the Rich Young Ruler
Passage: Mark 10:17-22
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The gospel according to the rich young ruler is a false gospel.  As we examine this text, we will uncover his four failures, and by implication, learn more about the requirements for authentic salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

The rich young rulers four failures:

  1. He didn’t recognize Jesus as God.
    1. The reference to Christ as a “good teacher” is revealing; it speaks only of a worldly ministry for Jesus.
    2. Despite his kneeling down, he doesn’t recognize Him to be the God of the universe.
  2. He did not recognize his own sin.
    1. He proclaims obedience to all of God’s commands since his youth.
    2. It is not possible to keep all of God’s commands from the heart in thought, word and deed.
    3. The heart is the mission control center and it is depraved.  Sin reigns in the heart and through the motives without saving faith. 
    4. By claiming perfection, he reveals that he is not dealing with his sin, drastically.
    5. There is no hope for salvation for those who do not recognize their sin and are urgently taking drastic measures, accordingly.
  3. He didn’t recognize his love for himself (v.21-22).
    1. In verse 17, we see that Jesus is delayed on His journey.
    2. Whenever faced with a delay in Christ’s ministry, He looks at the delay as an opportunity to love someone.  Do we have this same view when delayed in our lives?
    3. Following Christ requires self-denial (Luke 9:23).
    4. A Christ-follower is in the business of giving up everything to follow Christ.  We give up all of our desires and hindrances and we serve His desires for our lives.
    5. The young ruler was not willing to give up his possessions.
    6. Christ pays our debt in full, so we live for his interests, exclusively.
  4. He did not recognize his need to repent (v.22).
    1. 2 Cor. 7:10 teaches that there is both a “godly sorrow” and a “worldly sorrow”.
      1. Godly sorrow is a grief about sin vertically toward God which produces an urgent desire to turn toward righteousness and honor Him.
      2. Worldly sorrow is feeling badly because of guilt or because of the resulting circumstances due to the sin or getting caught.
    2. Repentance is essential for those to enter the kingdom of heaven.
      1. John the Baptist taught repentance (Matthew 3:2).
      2. Christ started His ministry with the word, “Repent.” (Mark 1:15)
      3. Peter’s first sermon includes the charge to repent. (Acts 2:38)
      4. Paul in his Mars Hill sermon tells that God is calling all people everywhere to repent. (Acts 17:30).
    3. Repentance is a command on our lives to hate the sin that is offensive to God and turn toward righteousness with new convictions and obedience from the heart.

In summary, for anyone to be saved, they must:

  • In faith, declare Jesus as Lord.
  • Recognize their own sin and depravity.
  • Recognize their sinful self-worship and need for a Savior.
  • Have a Godly sorrow and practice a regular pattern of repentance from all known sin in thought, word, and deed.