THE DANGER OF TRUSTING IN
TREASURES FOR SALVATION
INTRO. When we read our scripture some of us are
going to say in our mind, "I don't know any rich
Who is rich according to Biblical standards? "The
rich person is anyone who has anything beyond what he
Jesus took the rich young ruler's rejection of heaven
and warned all men about the problem and dangers of
wealth. Those of us seeking to be rich and those
already with more than we actually need.
It is so tough that Jesus made the shocking statement,
"It is very difficult for a rich man to enter heaven!"
1. Rich men tend to trust in their riches. Vs. 24
2. Rich men face great difficulty spiritually.
3. Rich men are set above. (Put on pedestal)
4. Rich men have only one hope. Vs. 26
This passage is tied to the rich young ruler. Vss.
The picture is this: as the rich young ruler turned
and walked away from Jesus, Jesus stood for the
longest of times watching the young man fade into the
distance. Jesus was heart-broken and thoughtful, for
the young man had so much potential. Quickly, full of
energy and authority, perhaps even bordering on anger
(against the enslaving power of wealth), Jesus "looked
around about" and made an earth-shaking statement:
"How hardly difficult shall they that have riches
enter into the kingdom of God."
The terrible peril of wealth is that it so easily bars
a person from the Kingdom of God. Wealth, riches and
possessions (such as property, money, televisions,
cars, recreational equipment) all pose a serious
problem and an eternal danger for man.
I. RICH MEN TEND TO TRUST IN RICHES V 24
"Riches" What does it mean?
Riches (chremata): money, things, gadgets - what one
has and uses - material things or goods. It means all
the things, which a person has, all the things that
have value and are worth something. ...
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