LUKE 10:25-28

Verses 25-28 “25And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
26He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?
27And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
28And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.”

No one can love the Lord with the whole heart, soul, and strength until he is first saved by the grace of God.  This is why it is true that if one keeps the First Commandment, he will have eternal life.  The truth is, no one can keep the Commandments of God perfectly without the grace of God.  If a person does not keep the Law perfectly, he does not keep it at all.  If the Law is broken in one small part, the entire Law is broken.  The Law does not save anybody.  In fact, the Law kills, condemns all, and has no power to help us please God. Thank God for His Grace.  Without His grace we would all be hell-bound lawbreakers.  But Jesus kept the Law perfectly, and His law-keeping (perfect righteousness) is imputed to us.

 

MATTHEW 19:27-30

Verses 27-30 ” 27Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?
28And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
29And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
30But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.”

We should follow Jesus and obey Him, not for what we will receive but for what we have already received. First and most importantly, we have received a loving perfect Savior, One who died and rose again for us, One who intercedes for us in heaven’s court, One who is coming back to receive us unto Himself. Second, we have received eternal life, a life of eternal happiness, a life of incomparable value. And third, We have received citizenship in Christ’s kingdom, an earthly kingdom where we will rule and reign with Him, a kingdom of peace, safety, good health, and perfect justice. We follow Jesus because we love Him and because we are thankful for all that He is to us.

MATTHEW 19:23-26

Verses 23-26 “23Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
24And 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.
25When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
26But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”

When Jesus spoke of a camel and the eye of a needle He was not referring to a gate that had in it a small door that a man could get through and that a camel could get through only with great difficulty and with its load removed. There was no such gate at Jerusalem. Jesus was referring to a literal camel and a literal needle such as one would use to sew cloth or leather. In other words, Jesus was talking about something that was an utter impossibility, not just something that was difficult. Jesus means that even a rich man can not save himself. He can be saved only by the grace of God. And furthermore, no one is rich in material things when he leaves this world, and no one goes to heaven as a rich person, rich in money or material things. This is what Paul meant when he wrote to Timothy, “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out” (I Tim. 6:7). Paul went on to admonish Timothy, “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life” (I Timothy 6:17-19). “That they may lay hold on eternal life” means “that you will have something in heaven to hold on to.”

MATTHEW 7:13-14

Verses 13-14 “13Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

The majority of people in this world are not saved. We must tell these people where the gate to eternal life is and who He is.