Sunday, Jan 19, 2020AM Service
Eternal Life: A Cost Too High for Some (Part 3)
Speaker: Jerry Wragg
Passage: Luke 18:18-30
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Today, we will conclude our examination of the narrative in Luke 18:18-30 where Jesus evangelizes the rich young ruler. In part one, our outline was:

  1. The Anxious Seeker (Luke 18:18)
  2. Jesus responds with an exposing question (Luke 18:19)
  3. Jesus points out an obvious theology (Luke 18:20)
  4. A blind boast (Luke 18:21)
  5. The obstacle revealed (Luke 18:22)

Eternal life is a cost too high for some!

Last week in part 2, we began examining Jesus’ teaching on a new perspective to live without trusting in things. We studied the first two lessons for a soul and his money:

  1. Wealth offers a false hope of security.
  2. God alone is man’s true security.

This week in part 3, we will examine the third lesson for a soul and his money:

  1. The promises of God are riches beyond our imagination.

One cannot skip by the excellent promise of God found in Romans 8:32. Paul writes, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”

As Christ begins to teach us this truth in Luke 18:29, He starts off with saying, “Truly I say…” This is our Lord and Savior saying, “Assuredly, I say to you…” You can count on what I am going to say. You are secure in it. My promises are unfailing and infallible. For those who seek the Kingdom of God first (in preeminence; Matthew 6:33) all things will be given. This is a secure promise that the greatest riches now and, in the future, will be given to the one who gives total allegiance to God alone.

In Luke 18:29-30, we see Jesus teaching that there are immediate as well as future riches.

  • Immediate Riches:
    • Is 61:3ff – The Messiah grants garland, instead of ashes….
    • Romans 8:1; Romans 5:1 – There is no condemnation and we have piece with God. Our sins are never held against us.
    • John 5:25ff – We have life on life in Christ.
    • 1 John 2:1 – We have an Advocate/Defender.
    • God’s wrath is satisfied and guilt/shame is removed. Shame is exchanged for honor before God.
    • Deep communion with God.
    • Relationships with those around us are restored, since we know how to forgive and seek forgiveness.
    • Elements in the curse begin to be restored. Women who are promised pain in child rearing now have the growing benefit of a house filled with the gospel.
    • Men who are promised in the curse to labor for the fruit of the ground now trust God with gratefulness in both abundance and famine.
    • The inner man is being renewed day by day producing wisdom.
    • The Body of Christ; His Church is provided as a place of rich friendships and love to be shared with one another.
    • There is less bitterness in life, due to less sin as a believer is sanctified.
    • The Word of God is accessible and provides the very counsel of God.
    • There is the endless prayer of others for your benefit and God’s glory.
    • God is causing all things to work together for your good (Rom. 8:28)
    • Philippians 1:6, God is perfecting the believer.
    • Hebrews 7:25, God Himself makes intercession for believers.
    • Romans 8:26, the Spirit intercedes with prayers for believers.
  • Future Riches
    • Eternal life is more than just living forever. Every soul ever created with live forever. Eternal life in Christ is far greater than merely continuing on.
    • Romans 8:18 – No believer should ever complain or grumble, because the riches of eternal life are promised to be beyond anyone’s comprehension. That is, all of humanity cannot even imagine what God has for us in eternity.
    • 2 Corinthians 4:17 is the proof text for God’s unfathomable promise of eternal glory beyond all comparison!
    • The value of Christ forever is immeasurable.
    • There will be no more sin, no more sorrow, no more pain, and joy unsurpassing. And that’s not all, He will meet every need and every desire. Every desire will be satisfied as we are in perfect union with God’s will.
    • We will have intimate fellowship with Christ Himself, forever.
    • And we will be crowned by Christ as the reward promised by God (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 1 Peter 5:4, James 1:12)