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). He clearly wanted to earn a right standing with 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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  1. I am reminded of Calvin's comments on Mt 19:26:

    By this reply of Christ is also refuted that widely embraced principle—which the Papists have borrowed from Jerome—"Whoever shall say that it is impossible to keep the law, let him be accursed." For Christ plainly declares, that it is not possible for men to keep the way of salvation, except so far as the grace of God assists them.
    (John Calvin, Commentary on a Harmony of the Evangelists, Matthew, Mark, and Luke., Volume II., trans. William Pringle, [Edinburgh: Calvin Translation Society, 1845], p. 403).

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