25 May 2014: “The Rich & the Kingdom of God”

May 25, 14 25 May 2014: “The Rich & the Kingdom of God”

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Speaker: Senior Pastor Alan Ang

 

Mark 10: 17-27 records a remarkable man who was a “young ruler” “rich”, prominent and successful.  As great as he was, this rich young man was still empty inside.  The lesson we can learn is that not even the best of us can be saved except by God’s grace through faith.

This man came running and knelt before Jesus and asked “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?  He didn’t call Jesus “Lord” “Master” or “Son of God” Instead he referred to Jesus by a very honourable title “Good Teacher.”  It is important that we recognize Jesus for who He truly is.

This man was religious and kept the commandments since he was a boy.  We cannot be saved from sin by keeping the Law.  The Law is a mirror that shows us how dirty we are, but the mirror cannot wash us.  The Law can bring the sinner to Christ, but the Law cannot make the sinner like Christ.  Only grace can do that.

Jesus leaves this man with a choice “Jesus or Wealth?”  No one can serve two masters.  You cannot serve God and Money.

This man make the wrong choice and went away sorrowfully.  When a person turns away from Jesus, it always spells sorrow.

To gain Jesus is to gain everything.  To lose Jesus is to lose everything.  Hear what the Apostle Paul said about his loss and gain.

Philippians 3: 7-9. “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ – the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith

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