Misplaced Treasure

Series: The Gospel of Matthew

Misplaced Treasure

February 14, 2021 | Paul Duppenthaler

Secondary joys and happiness are good and ultimately come from God as direct and indirect blessings. They only become a problem when they become more important than the joys and happiness we get from following Jesus. The assurance of salvation in Christ should always give us more joy and peace than the assurance that summer is going to come. The story of the Rich Young Ruler has much to teach us. 

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Misplaced Treasure

Matthew 19:16-30 NIV 

MISUNDERSTANDING #1:   THROUGH GOOD WORKS.  

Mt. 19:16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” 

Ephesians 2:8–9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves,
it is the gift of God—
not by works, so that no one can boast. 

MISUNDERSTANDING #2:   TO MERIT ETERNAL LIFE. 

Matthew 19:17a “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good.”

Romans 3:10–12 As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.” 

MISUNDERSTANDING #3:  IF WE , WE’RE GOOD TO GO. 

Matthew 19:17b-20a “If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.” “Which ones?” he inquired. Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’” “All these I have kept,” the young man said. 

Genesis 6:5  The LORD saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. 

Romans 3:23  …all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. 

MISUNDERSTANDING #4:  WEALTH NOW IS BETTER THAN

Matthew 19:20b-24 “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 treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you it is hard for someone who is rich 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 for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” 

MISUNDERSTANDING #5:  ETERNAL LIFE IS

Matt. 19:25-26 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.” 

John 1:9–12 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—

 

 

Series Information

In our continued study of Gospel of Matthew, we see how God’s promises in the Hebrew Scriptures to bring salvation to his people Israel and to the whole world are being fulfilled with the coming of Jesus the Messiah. Our response to this joyful news should be to go into all the world and make disciples of Jesus the Messiah.

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