Every one on here is familiar with this story and if others want to post the same story from Matthew and Mark by all means do so... This young ruler in his life set a high standard and I can truly say that I admire him because he said he kept the law of Moses from his youth up and how many of us can claim that?... Yet Jesus said he lacked one thing and to get that one thing to sell all that he had, distribute it to the poor and he would have treasures in heaven if he came and followed Jesus... And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich... And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God... Is this story teaching us that this rich young ruler was eternally lost?... In Mark 10:21 the writer say after Jesus heard all that this young ruler had kept from his youth up... Then Jesus beholding him loved him... That is strange that he loves him one minute and dams him to eternal damnation the next... I believe this teaches that the law cannot save you only the shed blood of the spotless lamb of God Jesus Christ can... It's not that rich people will never enter heaven but that their riches of the things in this world will draw them away from the Kingdom Of God and the treasures contain therein... There are rich people that follow the Lord and they are in our churches but can any of them live up to the standard that the rich ruler set?... Any of our riches are in our Lord and Savior that we follow and we are not saved by the Law but by he who fulfilled that law Jesus Christ the Righteous and any who are saved are saved by him even the rich young ruler!... Brother Glen Luke 18:18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 18:19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God. 18:20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother. 18:21 And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up. 18:22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. 18:23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. 18:24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! 18:25 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. 18:26 And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved? 18:27 And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.