Luke 18:18-27 A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.'” “All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said. When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth. Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus replied, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”
When the ruler called Jesus “Good teacher”, why did Jesus ask the question: “Why do you call me good?”
Jesus told him that no one is good except God. Therefore, Jesus is challenging him, “Do you really believe that I am God?”
When the man asked what he must do to receive salvation, Jesus told him that he has to keep all the commandments. Can obeying God’s commandments will save us?
Yes, obeying all of God’s commandments can save us. But the problem is that no one can obey all of God’s commandments.
The rich man said that he has kept God’s commandments. Was the rich man able to obey everything God requires of us and thereby gain salvation?
The rich man thought that he could but when Jesus asked him to do one more thing, he could not. We sometimes think that we can meet God’s requirements and be good enough for Him but the reality is that no one can meet God’s standards and obey all His commandments.
If salvation is impossible with man, how then can man be saved?
Salvation is impossible with man’s own effort. However, it is possible with God because God provided a way for us to be saved, through Jesus Christ. We will learn more about this in later videos.
Luke 16:17 Jesus said: It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law.
According to Jesus, is it possible for God’s word to be corrupted?
No, God’s word cannot be corrupted because if we believe that God’s word can be corrupted, we are implying that God is not powerful enough to protect His word. Corrupting God’s word means deliberately making an attempt to change it.
While God’s word cannot be corrupted, it can be affected by copying errors. Assuming we put a copy of the scriptures in front of us and copy the contents by hand to another book. We are bound to make human errors and some words may be left out or copied wrongly. But the copying errors arise not because we are deliberately trying to corrupt the scriptures. The copying errors also do not mean that the copy we have is no longer God’s word and no longer fit for use. What is means is that we have to check our copy carefully to identify where we have copied wrongly.
In the same way, we are not saying that years of copying the Bible from manuscript to manuscript will not have any copying errors. But because we have many manuscripts to cross-check against one another, we are not affected by any loss of God’s word.
Luke 10:30-37 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
In the story below, the person who helped the victim was a Samaritan. Why do you think Jesus used the example of a Samaritan when He told this story and what is the point He is trying to teach?
The Samaritans were Jews who lived in the city of Samaria, who intermarried with the foreigners who came to that land. This intermarriage caused the true worship of God to be mixed with the worship of strange gods.
Jesus was telling this story to the Jews and most likely used the Samaritan in the illustration to show how a Samaritan was able to put aside the hatred that the Jews have for them to care for this Jewish man who became the victim of robbers.
In using the Samaritan in His story, Jesus is teaching us that we should show love even to those who despise us. We do not choose who we should love. The love taught in the Bible draws no boundaries.
What is the way that the Samaritan showed love to this Jew? How can we learn from this example?
The Samaritan showed love to his neighbor in a tangible way. The robbery victim needed one thing – medical attention – and the Samaritan gave that to him. The Samaritan did not go over the Jew and prayed for his healing. He attended to his wounds. Prayer is good but when we use it as an excuse not to do anything, it is bad. Sometimes we meet someone with a need which is well within our means to help and because it appears so unkind to do nothing, we just tell that person we will pray for him, as if that alone will make the person feel better.
James warned us about the same thing when he wrote in James 2:15-16. Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?
Luke 18:17 Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.”
What does Jesus mean when He says that we need to receive the kingdom of God like a child?
A child believes in some things even though he doesn’t fully understand everything. He believes that his parents will continue to feed him. He doesn’t worry about whether his parents will lose their jobs or deplete their savings. He doesn’t wonder if his parents will one day stop loving him.
Anselm of Canterbury was a philosopher who lived in the 12th century. He was famous for his saying (in Latin) “Credo ut intelligam” meaning “I believe in order that I may understand”. Most people would do just the opposite meaning “I need to understand so that I may believe”.
When it comes to matters of God, we cannot understand fully. If we can understand fully the things of God, we might as well be God. Yet the Bible does not encourage us to practise blind faith, which is faith without any facts at all. The Bible gives us enough facts to build our faith on but we still need to take a step of faith.
It is only when we take the step of faith and believe in God that we may understand more of the things of God. This is because when we believe in God, the Holy Spirit comes into our life and enables us to understand much more than we could reason ourselves before we become a believer.
John 16:13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.
Luke 19:5-9 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.
Why do you think that Zacchaeus was willing to return the money that he has cheated?
A person who has experienced salvation will show remorse for his sins. Imagine we are facing the death penalty and waiting for execution in prison and we find out one day that the President has pardoned us. Will we not be filled with gratitude for the President? Would we be willing to do something if we know that will upset our benefactor?
In the above example, all the President has to do is to sign a presidential pardon. What if the President had to pay with his own life in order that you might escape the death penalty? How much more grateful would this criminal be?
Therefore, a person who professes to believe in Jesus’ death for him and continue to live in sin, knowing that sin grieves God, should re-examine his faith to see if his faith is genuine. That is not to say that gratitude will prevent us from ever sinning again. There will be times when we yield to the temptation of sin. However, there will be remorse when we sin and the desire to want to get back on a right relationship with God.
Luke 18:31-33 Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. He will be delivered over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him and spit on him; they will flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again.”
Jesus said that everything that is prophesied about Him by the prophets will be fulfilled. Besides those he mentioned below regarding His death and resurrection, what other prophesies are there in the Bible that talks about Jesus?
Here are some of the prophecies in the Old Testament concerning Jesus.
- Born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2, Matthew 2:1)
- Born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18)
- Triumphal entry upon a donkey (Zechariah 9:9, John 12:13-14)