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A Rich Man and the Kingdom of God
By: Dr. Max D. Younce
Can you please explain Matthew 19:24, "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."
First: A young man came to Christ, filled with
self-righteousness. Instead of asking in humility and sincerity how he
could have eternal life, he offered his self-righteousness when he said
in Verse 16, "What GOOD THING shall I do, that I may have eternal life".
Second: He did not believe Christ was the Saviour or he would not
have asked what he could do to merit eternal life. This is evident when
he addressed Christ as "good masterí; i.e., a good teacher, but not the
Son of God.
Third: Christ answered this young man according to his own
proposal by saying in Verse 17, "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the
commandments". This statement would condemn every person ever born.
There were over 700 laws given to Israel and the 10 Commandments alone
would condemn us as no one has ever kept them. (Romans 2:16).
Fourth: The man, instead of being honest with himself, lied to
Christ by saying, "All these things have I kept from my youth up: what
lack I yet?" (Verse 20). His self-deception was that he thought he was
Fifth: Christ exposed the manís self-righteousness by replying,
"If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the
poor." (Verse 21). In Verse 22 we find "he went away sorrowful, for he
had great possessions".
Sixth: In Verse 24 Christ illustrated the absolute impossibility
of anyone ever going to Heaven on their good works, by using the example
of a literal camel going through the eye of a literal needle. "For by
grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the
gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8,9)