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June 22, 2021 8:00 am
Is only one question that truly matters in life. Listen closely to Adrian Rogers is Jesus Christ the Lord answer the question I don't answer it because this is in your own heart is Jesus Christ the Lord of your life about your interest may depend upon the ask yourself, advise saying what Jesus tells this young man is one that is God. You cannot hold title in your life. Sam, take up your cross and follow me, Jesus Christ, the Lord of your life well worth finding Mark chapter 10 tells the sad story of the rich young given the opportunity to follow Jesus turned away. Part one of today's message Pastor Rogers began to reveal what Jesus was teaching his followers through his interactions with this young man in understanding this passage we can see and seize the opportunity to follow Christ fully.
If you have your Bible turn to Mark chapter 10 will begin in verse 17 is pastor Rogers concludes the powerful message.
Three strikes and you're out rather for things I will delay on your heart member while proud man at their best centers at their work. You may not see it on the surface with this man was quite proud of his achievements and outwardly had much to be proud. Matter fact outwardly had very much that we would admire what Jesus did not praise him him flatter him. Jesus saves the treating kind of rough like look in verse 18 and see what it says to this man in verse 18. He says Jesus said in him. Why call this thou me good is none good but one, and that is God. Now Jesus is teaching him in this one sentence two things.
Number one. Jesus is teaching this young man that he himself is not good. Jesus is teaching this young man that he himself a young man is not good. This young man thought he was a could I Jesus and look good but God. The second thing Jesus was teaching this young man is that Jesus himself is God.
Now why did I say that good minute the best arson is that the worst why did you say that Batman assumes that the worst because the worst sin, the sale of all sins the worst form of badness is human goodness.
When human goodness becomes a substitute for the Newburgh.
The worst form of this is human goodness. Jesus said that prostitutes and tax collectors were going to heaven before the Pharisees because they had they had their self-righteousness as a substitute for God's mercy as I want to say to any person in this building today. No matter how nicely you may live, you live as well as this rich young ruler, and yet Jesus looked him straight in the face and said in verse 18, there is none good but one, and that is God, the worst form of badness is human goodness. When human goodness becomes a substitute for the Newburgh got that. That's the first thing I want you to see. I want you to see this proud man at their best.
Are sinners at their worst measures.
The second thing I want you to see God's perfect law condemns man's sinful pride. Look, if you will.
Now in verse 19 of the same chapter again Mark chapter 10 and verse 19 thou knowest the commandments, Jesus now is beginning to talk about commandment keeping to this man helping to see that is doubtless the commandment. Do not commit adultery, do not kill. Let's deal did not bear false witness to brought up all of thy father, and by mother and he answered and said in him master oldies my observer might you then Jesus beholding him loved him and set him him one thing thou blackest go away.
So what's up now has to give to the poor. Thou shall have treasure in heaven and come, take up my cross and follow me. If God is a holy God. It follows as night follows day that that only God will have holy law.
Now listen to me very carefully, because if you're not listening carefully to miss the whole thing. Jesus is not on the school that is teaching salvation by commandment keeping he is teaching Joss office project.
Pay attention to see what Jesus is teaching you see the Bible teaches that you're not saved by keeping the commandments. But yet this young man to live eternal life. Jesus began to refer him to the commandments. What Jesus is teaching this young man is he is not keeping that man looks like he may think that he's keeping the commandments not commandment keeping is never save anybody but in your margin Galatians 2, verse 16 knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ the law, the 10 Commandments cannot save anybody. While the 10 Commandments. Do not save you they are an essential element in evangelism and salvation. What is the purpose of the law. Why does God give us all to let us know that we are sinners.
Romans three verse 20 listen to it.
Therefore by the deeds of the law shall no flesh be justified in his sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. God gave us the law to let us know that will centers and Jesus is using the law right here to teach this young man that is a sinner answer Jesus begins to talk to him about the commandment you may think that you're pretty good until you come up hard against God's law, on occasion, a lawyer came to Jesus and he said Jesus what is the first and great commandment, Jesus love God with all your heart law you sold all your mind and the second is like unto it. Love your neighbor as yourself, and what Jesus did that sin is he just summed up the whole 10 Commandments. Let God love you and I bless what the 10 commandment is all about an hour when Jesus said this rich young ruler Jay Lockey for come and follow me. He wasn't willing to do that. Number one he loved his money more than you love God, and number two he loved his money more than he loved his neighbor Missy is in reality the spirit of this young man had broken all 10 minutes by failing to do this one thing is not teaching that you can buy your way into heaven by selling everything you have given it to the poor.
What Jesus is doing is giving this man a revelation of his heart, Jesus is showing this man that he's guilty of sand of covetousness and really who's ever to keep the whole law and yet offend in one point is guilty of all what Jesus is showing this man is that you cannot take on trying to behave himself into heaven. All he had was a superficial knowledge of his own goodness, and so Jesus is revealing that this man to this man that no one is Saved by commandment keeping is not teaching salvation by keeping the commandments. He's teaching the impossibility of salvation by keeping the commandments not here's the third thing Jesus is teaching this young man that no man can serve two masters.
But he must serve one no man can serve two masters. But he must serve one look in verses 21 and 22 and Jesus beholding him loved him and said to him, one thing I like this go by way, sell whatsoever has to get to the poor not have treasure in heaven. I watch this and come, take up the cross and follow me now why did Jesus make this request to this young man why did Jesus say to him. He had said to me sell everything you have and give it to the poor. Most likely is not said that to you what to say that this young man this young man had an idol in his heart and idol ID OL a false God, you say will Adrian how do you know that he had an idol as part of the show in a moment, and what was this item. This idol was his well. His goal is to have you know that well you look in Mark chapter 10 look you in verses 23 and 24 and Jesus look roundabout and safe unto his disciples, how hardly have difficultly shall they that have riches to enter into the kingdom of God is nothing.
The rich man can be saved because he says later on that he can be saved.
God all things are possible but notice in verse 24 and the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answered again saving them.
I watch this very carefully. Slow down with me.
Children, how hard it is for them to school these next four words that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God. That trust in riches whatever man trusts is his God save men whatever man trusts is his God, anything you love more, serve more trust, more fear, more than Almighty God is an idol you see that this man had an idol. This man had a false God. No man can serve two masters. But he must serve one and what this man needed to do in order to have eternal life was to repent, repent of what I.A. First Thessalonians 1. Verse nine speaks of how you turned to God from idols to serve the true and living God. Now this turning to God from idols. Whatever the I losing your heart in your life and may not be money but I'm tell you one God is enough for everybody. Jesus said, no man can serve two masters. That's what Jesus said, but Freddie must serve one now. If you have some other God in your life in order to be Christian or to go to heaven.
You cannot go to heaven by keeping the commandments, and you cannot go to heaven by having an idol in your life you must turn from that idol to God. Now this turning is called repentance. And here's where many people miss salvation.
They hear a preacher preach and they want to go to heaven so they just think that they can hold onto their gods and just add Jesus and as one more God which you must repent. I would give you a bunch of scriptures the day with repentance. I copy them down because we don't have time to turn to them this morning, but you may want to list the references. Listen to them. Mark one verse 15 Jesus came, saying, the time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand repent ye, and believe the gospel, repent ye, and believe the gospel. Mark six verse 12 and they went out and preached that men should repent asked to verse 38 then Peter said to them repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sin and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Actually, verse 19 repent ye therefore, and be converted, look 24 versus 46 and 47 is that under them. Thus it is written in the submittal of Christ to suffer and rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name. Act 17 verse 30 in the times of this ignorance God winked at, but now commands all men everywhere to repent.
Asked 20 verse 21 testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
What is repentance repentance just simply means a change of mind that comes from two Greek words methanol you. It means a change of mind, I'm going this way I'm serving this God I have this idol in my life. I repent. I forsake that idol.
I turn from my daughter goal and I come and I follow Jesus Christ night I would ask a question, have you repented I'm asking had you turn from those idols in your life and they Jesus Christ Lord on the authority of not less than Jesus Christ himself.
I want to say to you look 13 three except you repent, you shall all likewise.
No repentance, no redemption what is repentance repentance is a change of mind that leads to a change of life that I'm not teaching salvation by commandment keeping but I am teaching that no man can serve two masters. You cannot hold your God agreed with one hand, and your God of grace with the other hand you have to turn from idols to serve the living God, and I daresay many people in this building today have never really repented. There has never been a change of mind you, I want to acquire eternal life just like this rich young ruler did and some preacher said well if you just accept Jesus as your Savior. You resave the Bible never says accept Jesus as your Savior never Bible says receive Christ as your Lord as your Lord and he is your Savior, but he must be your Lord.
No man can serve two masters.
Jesus said it is for those that trust which is what trust you not trusting Jesus you're not going to make it to heaven. Now this rich young ruler would have been happy to accept the message that is preached in the average church today. The feel-good religion and give him a little religiosity, baptizing, taking into the church by Jesus not teaching works righteousness, but he is teaching that no man can serve two masters.
But he must serve one Jesus is saying here, and following a here's 1/4 and final thing I want to see today what ever master a man chooses will master Batman what ever master man chooses will master Batman again look if you're willing versus 21 and 22 Jesus says here one thing I like this go thy way so whatsoever thou hast give to the poor. That is forsake you will master thou shall have treasure in heaven and come, take up the costs and follow me. Now we talked about repentance and the last point, now with on that fate because you see repentance and faith of Siamese twins when you turn from sin you turn to Jesus this man's sin was great he had to turn from it and he turns to the Lord Jesus Christ. This man needed a new master Jesus says come and follow me is Jesus Christ the Lord of your life. Answer the question I don't answer it to look good, because this is in your own heart is Jesus Christ the Lord of your life Romans to not attend that class and confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in my heart that God has raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved is not merely nodding ahead to a series of theological facts about Jesus. It is enthralling Jesus folks your intro vastly depends upon this, don't fight with me now mentally ask yourself if I see what Jesus tells us young man there is none good but one, that is God you cannot handle a false idol in your life Sam come and follow me.
Take up your cross and follow me is Jesus Christ the Lord of your life with you.
In verse 22.
It's one of the saddest verses in the Bible and he was sad that saying and when we grieve. We had great possessions. Jesus is giving this man choice and Jesus not struck a vital nerve.
I see this young man watching begins to breathe hard.
I see him as he bites his lip. He thinks about all that he has already spent trusting him for so long. He sees Jesus Christ over here. He sees eternal life and there's a choice, and the demons of Hill begin to whisper in his ear full full don't care about fast the Holy Spirit shares give your heart to Christ, you can't be saved by keeping the commandments, and you can't keep your wealth either.
Jesus is not talking about losing everything strong about finding everything's going that have treasure in heaven. Give your heart to Christ. The perspiration breaks out on this graph.
Shall I go this way shall I go this way. Finally he says to Jesus, no, no, no, this is God demons shall quickly Angels we like this young man might've any my Timothy may have been another apostle Paul might've been in God who is not how had a doesn't have this treasure gas is called God that will torment Raleigh and Jesus letting go and let you goals whatever master a man chooses will master Batman you did hard to Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ will master you. You come and follow him. And there's the decision before you pathological sermon. Three strikes and you're out okay. One everyman has three opportunities to go to heaven. Number one he or she can die before the age of accountability.
If you die before the age of accountability is a little baby go straight to heaven. You know that heaven has a lot of babies in heaven.
I got little baby born heaven. He did know how to talk before stepped over to heaven I got a little baby name Philip on one meeting there because he never came the age of accountability, did you understand what I am saying right now. Can you write them but strike one for you. You are at the age of Hard. You are so so you miss that opportunity go to heaven is another way to go to heaven. Are you ready, keep the commandments absolutely perfectly never seen any time anywhere in part D keep all the commandments, but that's only theoretically because nobody is ever done that nobody ever will.
That's what Jesus is teaching this man theoretically if you kept the commandment you could go to heaven. Theoretically, you could actually nobody ever had. Is there anybody here who would dare stand up and say I've never seen one time thought were to be anybody. Nobody strike to strike to.
There's one more opportunity for you to go to heaven and that is calm and follow Jesus Christ who died upon the cross for you and if you fail to do that focus on what they strike three new route route. This young man struck out. He was accountable. He could not keep the commandments and he failed to give his heart to Jesus Christ and I am telling you from that, if you will receive Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.
He will save you and bless God he will keep you safe just like you skip me saying the Bible so sweetly, plainly, simply sublimely believe on the Lord Jesus Christ about shaft B was that next word say father God, I pray that many today will come to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Why don't you pray a prayer like this. Dear God, don't let me trust my own goodness.
I refuse to trust my own goodness, Lord, I know that I'm a semi-I know I cannot behave myself into heaven. I know that I must turn from any idol in my life and give my heart to Jesus Christ and making Lord and I choose you. Jesus is my master, I cannot serve two masters. But I will serve you, Lord Jesus is my Lord and my Savior come into my heart, forgive my sin save me, Lord Jesus prayed from your heart.
Save me for Jesus. Did you asking where your sincere where you and I want you to telling this boy Jesus. I will not be ashamed of you.
I will confess you openly and publicly as my Lord, I will not be ashamed of you, Lord, I'll do it today. Your name I pray, amen. If you prayed to receive Jesus Christ. Just let us celebrate with you. We'd love to invite you to our discovery, Jesus page of the website to find answers, you may need about your newfound faith we ever response section where you can share your testimony or how this message is made a difference in your life go to LWF.org/radio and click the tab that says Discover Jesus welcome to God's forever family. We can't wait to hear from you if you like to order a copy of today's message in its entirety. You can call us at 1877 love God mention the title, three strikes and you're out. Also, you can go online to LWF.org/radio to order or write us at love worth finding box 38, 600 Memphis, TN 38183 Adrian Rogers said faith is not merely nodding ahead, do a series of theological facts about Jesus. It is in thrown in Jesus. It's a powerful conviction to cling to today if you'd like to start receiving daily devotions and links to our program sign up for our daily heartbeat emails LWF.org/radio tune in next time for more profound truth simply state is a powerful testimony from a listener in California who wrote recently pastor Adrian Rogers has been a blessing to be throughout my walk. I'm an X gang banger from the streets of Los Angeles and through his messages he helped rid me of my pride, guilt and shame of all my past actions key through the spirit encouraged me to move forward and not give up. God bless you all for your service to God. It is a joy to hear stories like these that reveal the power of the gospel and the importance of timeless biblical teaching. So grateful for your prayers and your donations that make these testimonies possible to say thank you for your gift right now we want to send you our booklet collection called struggles request the struggles booklet collection when you call, with a gift of 1877 love God and again thanks for your generous support of love worth finding