Wednesday, 5 February 2014

WHO CAN BE SAVED?

TEXT: MATTHEW 19:16-17, 20-21, 23-26
Now a man came up to Jesus and asked “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” why do you ask me about what is good? Jesus replied there is only one who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.” (Matthew 19: 16-17).
All these I have kept, the young man said, what do I still lack? Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect go sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasures inn heaven.”
(Matthew 19: 20-21).
“Then Jesus told the disciples, I tell you the truth it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked “WHO THEN CAN BE SAVED?” Jesus looked at them and said “WITH MAN THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE, BUT WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.” (V 23-26).
Our righteousness is like filthy rag in the eyes of God, we cannot claim anything for ourselves, and our righteousness came from God. He commanded us to live holy and be righteous without SPOT or WRINKLE. He wants absolute holiness from His children, it is truly difficult to attain this like Jesus mentioned in his conversation with his disciples in the above text (V 23-24). Despite the difficulty in attaining this level of holiness, yet it is attainable THROUGH GOD. When the disciples were surprised to hear what Jesus said about making heaven, they asked a question “WHO CAN BE SAVED?” he answered them by saying “WITH MAN THIS IS NOT POSSIBLE, BUT WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.”
You cannot work out your own salvation with your head knowledge and wisdom; you need the grace and mercy of God to be able to walk in the will of God. We need God to give us the wisdom and enable us to live above sin. At times you do some things that you don’t see or count as sin, and that could be what would make you to be disqualified from the race marked out for you. The rich man asked Jesus what else he needed to do to make heaven, he was confident that he was in line with all that God commanded (He had obeyed all commandments). I am sure that he would be expecting Jesus to say “well-done you are on your way to heaven” but Jesus told him to go do more by selling all his belongings. This illustrates that though we obey all commandments and we are making all effort to avoid sin; there may be things that can hinder us that we may not notice or pay attention to. This is where God’s grace and mercy comes in, “NOT THAT WE ARE COMPETENT IN OURSELVES TO CLAIM ANYTHING FOR OURSELVES, BUT OUR COMPETENCE COMES FROM GOD.” (2 Corinthians 3:5). We need God to reveal ourselves to us, to know what we need to do and what we ought not to do.
Don’t be boastful let your competence come from God; it is by His grace that we can live to please Him. Humanly speaking it is difficult; but with GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.

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