Spiritual Gifts part 212: What the rich young man teaches us about our race.
January 8, 2012
Spiritual Gifts Part 212: What the “rich young man” teaches us about our race.
The fundamental change in Paul when He was called to teach mystery doctrine:
The same is true of each and every believer - what a thing to discover! Col 1:27
Paul wanted to come to know the power of Christ’s resurrection and he realized that that same power was at work inside him, Col 1:29 !!!
And Luke tells us that he was a “ruler”, so he was some kind of Jewish official, probably a member of the Sanhedrin.
Luke also tells us that this ruler was extremely rich.
Matthew tells us that he was a “young man”. neaniskos =
In both Matthew and Mark’s gospels, this is the FIRST TIME that the phrase “eternal life” shows up in either gospel.
For the lawyer the question was theoretical.
The Old Testament use of “everlasting” speaks of God:
Dan 12: 2
In fact, at the time of Christ, for a Jew to say “enter eternal life” was the same thing as saying “enter the kingdom”.
The Hebrew phrase is chayei olam = chay’yim (life)
It was used for time in the distant past or the distant future as a time that is difficult to know or perceive.
The ultimate for the Jew in terms of such life was all wrapped up in the millennial kingdom on earth that the Messiah would usher in.
“Follow Me”. That is discipleship.
Joh 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished [tetelestai] !" And He bowed His head, and gave up His spirit.