Sunday, July 8, 2018

Does The Parable Of The Rich Young Ruler Refute Justification By Faith Alone?

  • Comments On The Story Of The Rich Young Ruler (Matthew 19:17-30; Luke 18:18-30):
          -A young man who was wealthy approached Jesus Christ and asked him about what kind of works that he needed to accomplish in order to obtain eternal salvation in heaven (Matthew 19:16). So he clearly wanted to merit his way into the kingdom of God.
          -In response, Christ revealed that the young man fell short of meeting God's perfect standard of obedience to the Law (v. 21-22), as we all do. The disciples marveled at this encounter (v. 25). He concluded the conversation by reinforcing the fact of the impossibility of salvation apart from the work of God (v. 26). So this is in reality another passage that is supportive of the "faith alone" argument.
          -The Parable of The Tax Collector and the Pharisee (Luke 18:9-14), which was told right before Jesus ended up meeting with the rich man, clearly teaches that one is saved by his or her trust in God (not dependent upon one's own works).

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