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Things That Hinder Man's Salvation

Text: Luke 18:18-30   IBCGH   November 13, 2005

Preacher: Pastor Jose B. Cabajar


   Salvation is a principal need of mankind and therefore, should not be neglected. Every person in his right mind wants to be saved, but because of many obvious reasons, God's great salvation is being overlooked. True salvation is free for the human race to receive, but it took Christ's life and His precious blood shed at Calvary so we could have it freely and enjoy it for eternity.


   How sad for a man if he missed God's amazing grace. The Bible account of the rich young ruler gives us a sharp picture of a man who thought that salvation could be attained by obeying the Ten Commandments, but when the Lord told him that he was still lacking of one thing, his countenance became sad and he went away sorrowful. How true that God's thought is far higher than our thought and His way is far better than ours.


   In Luke 18:18, it is written, And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? (KJV) This is still the big question which keeps on stirring man's mind today, but if he possesses the same hindrances that the rich young ruler had, his hope to be saved becomes impossible. Below are deceitful things that keep on hindering people from God's great salvation.


                  (I) Self-righteousness

   Luke 18:18-21    Ephesians 2:8, 9

   Romans 10:3

   -Good works


   Man's reliance on good works for his salvation is a clear defamation to Christ's ultimate sacrifice at Calvary. Certainly, good works can only give false hope, but cannot save a soul from going to hell. In Isaiah 64:6, it is written, But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. (KJV) This awakening passage from the Scriptures reminds natural men that their best could not save a bit. We may be good enough before men, but before the Holy God, we are all sinners in need of His saving grace.       


                  (II) Earthly Possessions

    Luke 18:22-25   Proverbs 23:5

    -Love for corruptible things


   In Luke 18:24-25, it is written, And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. (KJV) These passages warn rich people not to focus their hearts on earthly things because they could hinder their offered salvation.


   Earthly riches are good servants, but dangerous objects of love because eventually, they become objects of worship. The rich young ruler was so attached and deeply in love with his earthly riches that he could not give his possessions to the needy in order to serve the Lord Jesus Christ.


   In Matthew 6:24, it is written, No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (KJV) God must be our unquestionable Master and not the corruptible riches. A wise person must choose the Lord as his Master and be determined to make riches as his servants. Inverting this simple principle keeps a man from being saved.       


                  (III) Unbelief

     Luke 18:22-30    Revelation 21:8

     II Thessalonians 1:8

    -Unbelief produces disobedience


   God made the way of salvation so simple so every man may understand it with clarity; but if a man believes not the Lord Jesus Christ, he will never find his way to eternal life. The rich young ruler was lacking of one thing and we believe that the thing he did not possess was that vital thing: faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Faith produces obedience, but unbelief leads a man to disobedience.


  -Unbelief in the Word has always negative and long-range



   In II Thessalonians 1:8-10, it is written, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. (KJV) What a dreadful consequence of unbelief. The rich young ruler received not the invitation of the Lord because of his unbelief. His partway with the Savior was evidently sad, and he was not even aware of the long-range consequences of his unbelief. If he had been aware, he could have followed the Lord without resistance.


   It is a fact that Christians are sinners saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and their salvation was unhindered by self-righteousness, earthly possessions and unbelief, but there is a possibility that the things mentioned above could divert their lives from serving the Master with all their hearts. It is then a wise step for us to guard ourselves from these deceitful things so we could give our best support to our God-given ministry and serve the Lord faithfully and unquestionably.


   As we carry on to accomplish the Great Commission, may we continually emphasize in our preaching and teaching that salvation is attainable only through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, plus nothing and minus nothing. In Ephesians 2:8-9, it is written, For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (KJV)           





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