The Rich and the Kingdom of God
There are 3 books of the Bible that include the Parable of the Rich and the Kingdom of God. Mathew, Mark and Luke, are listed to have the detailed dialogue between the rich man, Jesus and His disciples. When the rich young ruler came to Jesus asking what he could do to inherit eternal life, Jesus told him to sell all that he had and follow Him. The scripture goes onto to say that the young man went away sorrowing (Mark 10:17-31,NIV). Jesus used this confrontation to express, How hard it is for the ones who have many possessions to enter the kingdom of God. Jesus then states an example for his disciples. "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Those who heard this asked, "Who then can be saved?" Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."(Mark 24-31,NIV). Jesus uses this opportunity as a teachable moment for the young ruler, His disciples and for us today.
As Jesus was on His way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” The rich young ruler identifies that he does not have eternal life, steps out of a crowd of people and calls out to Jesus. Jesus responds with a directed statement towards the rich young man. “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one, is good—except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother." (Mark 10:17-18,NIV) The rich man replied and said that he has kept these commandments since he was in his youth. He then asks Jesus what is it that he is missing. It is obvious that the young ruler has a works related idea for salvation, but what the man believed is a common mistake. He believed that he could get this eternal life by his behavior. Jesus’s last words to this...
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