~ The Rich Young Ruler ~
am placing this above another message I wrote a few years ago, called
the Rich Man. These two messages should go together, for they concern
the same thing.
19:13 Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should
put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. 19:14
But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come
unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. 19:15 And he laid his
hands on them, and departed thence.
19:16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good
thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? 19:17 And he said unto
him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is,
God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
19:18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder,
Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not
bear false witness, 19:19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou
shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
19:20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from
my youth up: what lack I yet? Mt 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou
wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and
thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
Mt 19:22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
19:23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a
rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. Mt 19:24 And
again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of
a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
Mt 19:25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
Mt 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all thin
let me point out something important about this young man and his
approach to Jesus. This young man is never actually named in Scripture.
Now when this occurs, it is showing something important, spiritually,
with the event. The reason this is mentioned without naming this man is
because we are to learn an important lesson from this event. It is not
for the purpose of telling about the man himself. This is why he is not
named. Now in order to know what or who this is about, we must see what
it is connected with in other Scriptures.
have thought that this man is Nicodemus, who came to Jesus by night.
But this is not true and I will show you why I know it is not
Nicodemus, or Joseph or any of the others named in Scripture. This man
is representing something here much larger than the man himself. He is
representing a very large group of people or organization. But what or
who? The answer is very clear from the wording of this Scripture. This
account is mentioned two other times in the Word, and I will show you
both of them. But first, let me explain this passage, so you will see
this truth as it is laid out.
reason I typed the first two verses, dealing with Jesus blessing
children, is to prove this is the same incident in Mark and Luke. All
three Books tell this event, starting with the passage about the
children, tying them together as the same event.
young man asked Jesus what good thing shall I do, that I may have
eternal life. So he was concerned about spiritual matters. But watch
what follows: first Jesus tells him to keep the commandments. Now why
did Jesus go to this? Because he knew this man was a devout law keeper.
Jesus was going to attempt to lead this man out from law and into
grace, or the New Testament, which is the only means of having eternal
life. It is not possible to keep the commandments and obtain eternal
life in this manner.
then named six of the commandments. This man said I have kept all of
these things from my youth up. See, this man had been a devout law
keeper of the ten commandments all of his life! Yet he feels something
is missing from his life and he knows in his soul he does not have
then asked Jesus what lack I yet? Did Jesus then name the other four of
the ten? No. Did he tell this man to keep the sabbath? He had not named
this one. No. This man is interested in finding out how to have eternal
life. Jesus knows it does not come that way. So he then takes the man
into the New Testament way of life. Mt 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If
thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor,
and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
the New Testament Church, they sold their possessions and had all
things common = they loved their neighbor as their own selves. The love
of money is the root of all evil. Jesus said IF thou wilt be perfect
sell your stuff and GIVE to the poor, and you will have treasure in
heaven, then come and follow me. Lay not up for yourselves treasure on
earth but lay up treasure in heaven. Here is how to do that.
or did this young man accept Jesus’ council? Did he obey this
admonition to come into the New Testament? No. Mt 19:22 But when the
young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great
Notice, it said HE WENT AWAY. He left Jesus right then and there, never to return. He went away SORROWFUL.
When one is filled with the NT salvation, they are filled with joy
unspeakable and glory. This man walked away sorrowful. He had great
possessions of earthly stuff, and he let the love of this earthly stuff
stop him from taking that step out of law and into grace, to have
eternal life. For by grace are ye saved, not of works - = law-keeping.
since this is last time this young man is ever mentioned in Scripture
again, this is where and how he left this world. This is the last time
he encountered Jesus. This is where and how God leaves him. He is not
mentioned again, so this is his end. If things had ever changed for
this man, it would not have ended with this account of him. I will
prove to you that Nicodemus, another ruler of the Jews, did indeed
accept NT salvation and come to Jesus in faith. But this rich young man
never did receive eternal life, because he loved the things of this
life more than eternal life. He went away from Jesus sorrowful. He went
away, back into death, which is law and ends in eternal death.
10:15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of
God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. 10:16 And he took
them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.
10:17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running,
and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I
may inherit eternal life?
10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none
good but one, that is, God. Mr 10:19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do
not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false
witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. Mr 10:20 And he
answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my
10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing
thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the
poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the
cross, and follow me. Mr 10:22 And he was sad at that saying, and went
away grieved: for he had great possessions.
again the man was sad at that saying and went away grieved. He loved
this world more than eternal life. See Jesus verified here that this
man knew the COMMANDMENTS. But he said you are lacking one thing and it
is keeping you from having life. That is true love; sell your
possessions and give to the poor, and follow me. He could not make this
move. So he was lost. That law had him bound.
Now I am going to absolutely prove to you this man was lost, by something God just revealed to me.
18:17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of
God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.
Lu 18:18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
Lu 18:19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.
18:20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not
kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and
thy mother. Lu 18:21 And he said, All these have I kept from my youth
18:22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest
thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor,
and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
18:23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very
rich. Lu 18:24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said,
How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
Lu 18:25 For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye,
than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
God said in the mouth of two or three witnesses let every word be
ESTABLISHED. God just showed this to me. This event is recorded three
times in the Word of God, by three different NT writers, thus
confirming and establishing that this is the way the young man ended
up. He never changed this situation right here. It ends here, just as
it is recorded in the mouth of these three witnesses.
is recorded here for more than just telling us about this young man. It
is for the purpose of showing ever after that keeping those ten
commandments will NEVER GIVE YOU ETERNAL LIFE. You absolutely must come
over into Grace, the New Testament. You absolutely must obey the plan
of salvation laid out in the Book of Acts. It is recorded nowhere else.
this is the case with most rich people. This is made clear here also.
But Jesus showed that with God it is possible for the rich to be
saved........but they must be willing to obey Jesus and give it to the
poor. If they hold onto their earthly treasure, they will miss eternal
life. Salvation is shown by having all things common = equality. This
is the heart of Christianity, equality.
You cannot love your neighbor as yourself and hold onto more than you need and see him in need. It is impossible.
this rich man, keeping the commandments, is showing something much
bigger than himself. So we must explore this entire lesson to receive
what is being shown here. Notice, he had kept the commandments all his
life, so he was a law-keeper. We know this shows he was an Israelite.
But what does the ‘rich man’ show in the Word of God? Luke 16:19-There
was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and
fared sumptuously every day:
what or who is shown in the Word of God to be clothed in purple and
fine linen? I have a long message in here called the mother of harlots.
In this message I went back into Exodus and showed many, many
Scriptures proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that the tabernacle which
Moses and that law nation of Israelites built, representing this law
covenant, was the thing clothed in purple, gold, fine linen and decked
with all manner of precious stones. It was the most rich, lavish thing
ever made by man. It was paralleled exactly by the lavish, rich temple
Solomon had built. They both show the same thing = this rich man = law
= the OT Covenant of law-keeping. Yes, people, the OT Law Covenant is
this mother of harlots. She is this whore against God.
else in all of history fits the description in Revelation of the
Babylon Whore. Nothing else in all of history fits the description in
Exodus of that tabernacle. They are one and the SAME. They are this
rich man. But now, they have a twin, or copy in the NT Scriptures. The
false church made an image of this first beast. They went right back to
law and rich, lavish temples. They are the old Covenant revived. It is
death now, just as it has always been. Adam is the father of this
stuff. He set all of this same rich stuff up on the other side of the
flood. Nothing is new on this side of the flood. All that is now has
been back then. So Adam, as the first head of mankind, is this rich
man. All who do not obey Jesus’ words to this young man and come into
the Grace Covenant are part of Adam, and headed to hell fire, as the
rich man in Luke 16 shows. They are all one and the same, old naked
I will show you how I know Nicodemus was not this young man. I also
want to show you a secret here. John 3:2 The same came to Jesus by
night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come
from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God
be with him.
want to show you the difference in the attitude of Nicodemus and the
other man. The young man had called Jesus Good Master. He was calling
Jesus God. I know this is true, because Jesus took the time and words
to CORRECT that ERROR. Jesus had asked him, why are you calling me
good? Only one is good and that is God. So see here that Jesus was NOT
claiming to be God, nor was he allowing this young man to make this
mistake of calling him God. Now see that Nicodemus did NOT attempt to
call Jesus God. He said we know you are a teacher COME FROM God. For no man can do these miracles you do, except God BE WITH HIM.