Jesus said to his disciples, “I can guarantee this truth: It will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. I can guarantee again that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” He amazed his disciples more than ever when they heard this. “Then who can be saved?” they asked. Jesus looked at them and said, “It is impossible for people to save themselves, but everything is possible for God.”
There is a very old saying about the man who lifted himself by the bootstraps. Over the years the meaning has changed a bit. It is now given as a motivational statement along the line of, “Get up, dust yourself off and lift yourself by the bootstraps.”
Of course in reality you can no more lift yourself into the air by pulling on the straps of your boots than you can lift yourself from quicksand by pulling on your own hair. You can not lift yourself and neither can you save yourself.
Jesus said, “It is impossible for people to save themselves.” His statement refers back to the question by the rich man in Matthew 19:16. “Teacher, what good deed should I do to gain eternal life?” Do you understand that this man wanted to gain eternal life by some action out his own? Do you understand that you can DO nothing tho gain life otherthat follow Jesus. He is the way* to life. Our actions matter only in our obedience not our salvation.
*Jesus answered him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one goes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)
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