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When the rich young man asked Jesus, what must I do to be saved? Didn't Jesus tell him go and sell all that you have and come follow me? Why didn't He tell him, you must be born again? I don't understand.

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In some ways its the same thing. To be born again we surrender all to receive eternal salvation. God owns us and bought us for a price. Jesus knew where the man's treasure was, his possessions. That was his idol and Jesus wanted him to see that. The young man's hands so tightly gripped his possessions that he could not release them to receive GOD's free gift of salvation. Jesus did not compromise HIS position or chase after the man to try and convince him any further. Scripture states, where your heart is there is you treasures...the man's treasure was possessions and not a love of GOD...at least not enough to give all up to follow HIM. The young man's stumbling block was that he was rich with worldly possessions, Not heavenly possessions.
---Frank on 9/3/10


Here is the question:
Mark10:17 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?

Here is the answer:
Mr10:26 And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?
(This guy seems like a good guy, if he cannot save himself who can?)

Mr10:27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
(The answer is not in the actions of man. The answer is Christ! Only through the work of Christ on the cross can we be saved!)

By the way, riches don't keep you from heaven. Job, Abraham, and David were rich.
---trey on 9/2/10


//try romans 8:16-17//

Now you are on the right track
Pauline epistles, the apostle to the gentiles

Rom 15:8 tells us what Jesus was doing in His earthly ministry.
---michael_e on 9/1/10


Where do I read that we are involved?

try romans 8:16-17 "...we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and FELLOW HEIRS WITH CHRIST, IF INDEED WE SUFFER WITH HIM so that we may also be glorified with Him.

an heir is one who inherits.

read through chapters 9, 10, and 11. in ch 9 he explains how God first chose israel to be the heirs (election). then ch 10 that israel rejected the inheritance by trying to earn it. then ch 11 how God has taken it from them and given it to us (grafted in). yes, us. that is, assuming you are a gentile. he warns us not to become too proud, or else we can be cut off. eventually, israel will be grafted back in.
---james on 8/31/10


THIS PASSAGE IS OFTEN MIS-INTERPRETED!

When you read the opening question. NOTE that he is asking WHAT CAN "I" DO to be saved?
Then Jesus quotes him the laws since he is asking to be saved by the law and his own righteousness.

Then the Rich man says he done all that and it doesnt work.

Then Jesus shows him the law must be written in his heart (Go sell all your possessions)

Then Jesus shows him how it is written in his heart (Follow me).

Jesus shows him that by his own righteousness he cannot be saved and that he can only be saved by the righteousness of Christ.

He fails to undersatnd. Note also Jesus does NOT chase after him.
---John on 8/31/10




it means to have an inheritance AFTER we get to heaven

Where do you read that we are envolved.
Israel was looking for a Kingdom Here on earth. Acts 1:6
---michael_e on 8/31/10


if you don't understand the word inherit, you'll never understand this passage. inherit eternal life doesn't mean "enter heaven". it means to have an inheritance AFTER we get to heaven. what Jesus did was answer the question the man asked. that man didn't ask how to go to heaven. he asked how to have an inheritance AFTER he went to heaven. jesus told him to work for his inheritance (obey God). the man said he had done that. but jesus says "go sell..." giving all his possesions away would have made him trust God, which he was not willing to do. Jesus was saying "you've earned an inheritance, but you're not going."
---James on 8/30/10


2 Tim 2:15.. rightly divide..
Important to know who is speaking? Who are they speaking to. What is the subject

Nicodemus(a ruler of the Jews)the only one ever told you must be born again.(must be a reason)

Rich man: what must I do to be saved
Answer: sell all and follow me

Acts 2:36.. all the house of Israel know assuredly,...37..they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we(ALL THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL) do?..
38 Peter answer: Repent, and be baptized EVERY ONE of you

Acts 16:30... The jailor asked.. Sirs, what must I(an Individual) do to be saved?
Answer: 31 ...Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house
---michael_e on 8/29/10


I wonder why Jesus didn't come right out and tell the rich young man that his material possessions would keep him out of heaven and from following Jesus?

Does this mean we should not tell people EXACTLY what is going to keep them out of heaven?

Is it okay to tell people, well you're not going to heaven because you have not accepted Jesus as Lord & Savior of your life and you're not obeying His Word, nor following His ways.

Is it okay to witness like this? Why didn't Jesus tell the man, "then you will die in your materialism/sin."
---Donna5535 on 8/16/10


"Jesus said...I am the way, the truth, & the life. No man comes to the Father, but by me." Jn 14:6

Anyone who believes on & follows Jesus is born again (SAVED)! What kept the rich young man from following Jesus (being saved) was his material wealth. 1 Jn. 2:15-17
---Leon on 8/15/10




The rich man "was not far from the kingdom of God".If he were to have followed Jesus then he would surely have understood salvation and entered the kingdom.As the story goes riches was known to be in the Mosaic traditions a sign of favor from God.Jesus taught this was never true of his Father.This is why the apostles later said who then can be saved?The rich man thereafter became confused about the will of God and left the scene.
The story of the lawyer asking Jesus how to have eternal life is very similiar.
Jesus's reply to both was the same.Born again is a personal conscious decision and usually not an immediate one but thought out .This shows recieving eternal life does not require a human sacrifice.
---earl on 8/13/10


because jesus knows our hearts and the rich young mans heart belonged to material things- in order to follow him we must seek ye first the kingdom of god and all these things will be added unto you. if he would have gave it all away god would have given him double of what he had to begin with- its easier for a camel to go thru the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to go to heaven luke 18:25 - god always goes straight to the heart issue- and his was love of money and /or material things
---lolita on 8/13/10


---KarenD what Jesus told Nicodemus" you must be born again" was true then as it is true today. Jesus knew when Nicodemus would die and also knew what Nicodemus had to believe. Jesus's statement to Nicodemus uncovered exactly the condition of most men today. I've asked many people are you saved? I have also ask pastors and priests this, invariably their answers are something on this order, I am pastor of so-so church or some such explanation. Rarely rarely will a man when I asked that question say yes I'm saved, and I'm saved because I have received the Lord Jesus Christ.
---mima on 8/13/10


This story of the rich young ruler illustrates several truths....Something usually stands in the way of a person coming to Christ. It may be PRIDE,POSITION [God help us all], FAMILY, FRIENDS,A PARTICULAR SIN [never allow your sins to keep you lost], or even WEALTH. In this man's case it was money....Jesus does not ask every wealthy individual to sell all that thou hast and distribute it to the poor. But, in this case, refusal to do so indicated unwillingness to become a disciple.....See, in my case, I knew I had nothing to lose. My life was nothing to write home about.....Now, John 3:3..."Truly, truly, I say unto you unless one is born again he can not see the Kingdom of God".
---catherine on 8/13/10


He could not have been "born again" at that time. No one was "born again" before Jesus' death on the cross.

This man's God was money Jesus knew it and that is why it told him to sell all his possessions.
---mima on 8/13/10

But Jesus could had told him how to be born again as he did to Nicodemus (Jhn 3:3)
---Ruben on 8/13/10


Mima...If no one could be born again before Jesus death, why did Jesus tell Nicodemus that he "must be born again"?
---KarenD on 8/13/10


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He could not have been "born again" at that time. No one was "born again" before Jesus' death on the cross.

This man's God was money Jesus knew it and that is why it told him to sell all his possessions.
---mima on 8/13/10


That's a good question. Actually the young man asked not how he could be saved, but rather how he could attain life age-abiding.
---ger.toshav on 8/13/10


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