Camel Through the Eye of a Needle - text

So what did jesus mean when he said it's easier for a camel to get through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to go to heaven well let me begin with what he

didn't mean i've heard a lot of bad preachers go through this passage and they say well jesus wasn't talking about a literal needle what he was talking about was there's

this gate in jerusalem called the needle gate and it's very small and long and the only way a camel can get through it is if the camel strips itself of its packs you know

it's worldly possessions and gets on its knees and then its owner pushes it through the gate now this is just garbage the gate doesn't exist and I get what these

preachers are trying to say that jesus cares about humility which he does the humble will inherit the kingdom of god and he doesn't want people to be lovers of money which

which is true jesus says you cannot serve god and money you can't serve two masters but this passage is specifically about how salvation works and the figure of speech that

jesus uses is basically saying it's impossible for anyone to earn their way into the presence of the father and the reason he says this is because if you go back to the

beginning of this interaction with this rich young ruler he looks at jesus and says rabbi what must I do to earn eternal life now just stop there for a second and look at the

way he asked that question what must I do what good work must I do this guy's got it all wrong and we know that jesus is talking about salvation because of verse later

after he says rich people are not going to get into heaven the disciples are shocked because they believed like many people still do today that if you're wealthy that

means that god has blessed you that his favor is upon you that you're special that you're gonna be first in line to get into heaven and back in that day the scribes the

pharisees the religious leaders these people were wealthy and so they connected wealth with the favor and the blessing and the love of god so when the disciples heard

jesus say this rich guy is not getting into heaven they were shocked because they thought wow if this rich guy isn't that how can us poor men get into heaven now it's

all about grace that's what jesus came to teach us he fulfilled the law he he showed the fullness of what the father teaches us in the old testament that it's not about

what we can do it's all about what the messiah has done what the christ has done and so what jesus was teaching them as no one no matter how rich no matter how

influential no matter even how poor there is no good work that is going to earn salvation the disciples then asked jesus how then can anyone be saved and jesus responds

with man it's impossible but with god all things are possible god is the one who calls he's the one who justifies he's the one who sanctifies who makes us holy and he

alone by his love and his grace will keep us to the end so if you're watching this and you're thinking well then how can I be saved if it's not something I do if

it's not something I pray if it's not something I say or some good work or someplace that I need to go how can I be saved cry out to jesus say jesus have mercy upon me I am a

sinner those are the ones who encountered jesus in the new testament and who were justified those are the ones who are saved remember the beatitudes the ones

who are poor in spirit who realize their helplessness of their good works the fact that there's nothing that they can do to earn their salvation those are the people that

god has saved

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