Luke

Luke 18:24-30 God Makes Salvation Possible.

As the example of the rich young ruler showed (vv. 18-23), it is hard for the rich and powerful to enter the kingdom of God (Cf. Mt. 19:23-30; Mk. 10:23-31; Pr. 11:28). The reaction of that rich young ruler caused Jesus to be sorrowful, for as Mark wrote, Jesus loved him (Mk. 10:21). The prerequisites of faith and repentance require one to say no to self. There is nothing anyone can do to be saved (vv. 24-26). It is impossible for men in and of themselves to enter the kingdom, but it is possible with God (v. 27 Cf. 1:37; Job 42:2). Salvation is only possible through sovereign grace. However, those who do forsake everything for the kingdom, such as family and possessions, “shall receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life” (vv. 28-30).

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