Luke 18:18-30

Key Idea: There is no one who is good, but God

Summary: Good morning, Ladies!

How was your week? We’ve been fighting sickness and when you’ve got nine g’children it can take it’s time to run through the family. Just when you think you’ve got it licked someone else comes down with it. Ha!!

But I think we are on the mend!! Thank you, LORD!!

Last week, we studied the story of “The Rich Young Ruler” found in Luke 18:18-30. There are at least three main parts to this story. I also included the link to the song that we listened to at the end of class!! Powerful reminder of who we serve.

1. That there is no one who is good, but God.

The young man addresses Jesus with thoughtless flattery. Saying, “Good Teacher, what must we do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus, the master teacher…takes his words and asks him to consider what he just said.

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus said. "There is no one good but God.”

This statement alone is pregnant with meaning. Not only in reference to Jesus, but to the man himself.

2. Since there is no one good, but God…it is impossible for anyone to be given eternal life apart from the grace of God.

In what follows, Jesus shows how this rich young ruler falls short.

Jesus reminds Him of the commandments. Interestingly, He only addresses the second part of the commandments that refer to loving others. The man justifies himself before Jesus, saying, He has kept them all.

Jesus than cleverly addresses the first part of the commandments that refer to loving God by giving a command. Rather than asking him, do you love God? Have you placed any idols before Him? Jesus asks him to sell all his possessions, give the money to the poor and follow Him.

The man went away sad.

Jesus said, it is hard for the rich to enter into heaven. They have their riches now.

This shocked the disciples.Contemporary Jewish thought of the day was that the rich were rich because they were blessed by God. Of all people, they seemed the most likely candidates for the Kingdom of God.

If people who are “blessed by God” can’t get into heaven, than who can?

Jesus next response is the basis for the entire gospel. “The things which are impossible with men, are possible with God!”

Since none of us are good, we have no hope in and of ourselves. The only way to gain eternal life is by the grace of God!

In the next discourse, Peter still thinking about Jesus’ command to the rich young ruler says, “What about us? We’ve left everything to follow You!”

Jesus does not chide him, but takes this opportunity to encourage them.

“Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife, brothers or parents or children, but for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive may times as much at this time and in the age to come, eternal life."

3. For those who have put their trust in Him and left everything to follow Him, there is a great reward. Not only in the next life, BUT in this present age as well.


1. Reflect on the fact that God is good.

2. Let’s ask God to search our heart for idols. Do our possessions distract us from the love of God? What idols are more important to us than God?

3. Thank God for His grace that is available to all who call upon Him for salvation!! Thank Him that our hope is in HIs goodness and not ours.

“But God showed His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Rom. 5:8

4. There is a cost to discipleship, but it will be worth it all. Ask God what the next step is for you and ask Him to help you make that step.

Here is a beautiful song that reminds us of who we serve and why it will be worth it all!




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