Quotes on Mark 10:21 (The Rich Young Ruler)
Alfred Edersheim: "For,
‘looking at him’ in his sincerity and earnestness, ‘He loved
him’—as He loves those that are His Own. One thing was
needful for this young man: that he should not only become
His disciple, but that, in so doing, he should ‘come and
follow’ Christ ... And, although we hear no more of him, who
that day went back to his rich home very poor, because 'very
sorrowful,' we cannot but believe that he, whom Jesus loved,
yet found in the poverty of earth the treasure of heaven" (The
Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah, vol. 2, p.
A. W. Pink: "Concerning the
rich young ruler of whom it is said Christ ‘loved him’ (Mark
10:21), we fully believe that he was one of God’s elect, and
was saved sometime after his interview with our Lord" (The
Sovereignty of God, p. 201).
David J. Engelsma: "However
one might explain Mark 10:17-22, the incident of the rich
young ruler who asked Jesus about inheriting eternal life
and went away grieved, Jesus’ love for the rich ruler was a
saving love, that is, a love that desired his salvation. The
context concerns inheriting eternal life (v. 17) and
entering the kingdom of God (vv. 23-31). If, then, the rich
ruler perished in his sins, it is possible that the Christ
of God loves a man with a love that desires his salvation,
but that He fails, nevertheless, to accomplish the desired
salvation. This necessarily raises the further question,
‘Did Christ in His love for and desire to save some persons
who yet perish also carry this love and desire to save to
the cross?’ For Mark 10:32ff. proclaims the cross,
especially verse 45: ‘... the Son of man came ... to
minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.’ In this
case, Christ died for persons who go lost forever. The
doctrine of limited atonement is denied. Scripture condemns
the notion of a universal, ineffectual Messianic love as
false. Christ loved ‘His own,’ loved them "unto the end,"
gave Himself to the cross for them alone, and effectually
gives eternal life to every one of the (see John 13:1, 18;
17:1ff .). From the fact that Jesus loved the rich ruler, we
may, must, and can only conclude that the rich ruler was one
of the elect and that, later, he was converted, gladly
selling all he had, giving to the poor, and following
Christ. Jesus suggests as much in verses 23-27: what is
impossible with men is possible with God, even the salvation
of a rich man" (Standard Bearer, vol. 71, p. 321).
Don Doezema on the rich young
ruler: "He felt a ‘lack.’ That already, it would seem,
is a fruit of the work of the Spirit in the man’s heart.
That this is a correct evaluation of the young man is borne
out by Jesus’ reaction to him. Immediately after the young
man affirmed that he had kept the commandment from his
youth, we read that Jesus, ‘beholding him loved him’ (Mark
10:21). That can only be the love wherewith Jesus loves His
own. And that love is an efficacious love, a love that
accomplishes its purpose" (Upon This Rock, vol. 1, p.
Plus there are those in the early church who reckoned
that the rich young ruler was (a) Saul
of Tarsus or (b) Lazarus of Bethany or (c) Joseph of Arimathea or (d) John Mark, all of whom were saved!