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Sunday, September 25, 2011

What must I do to have Eternal Life...

MATTHEW 19:16-25

The Rich Young Ruler
16   And someone came to Him and said, “Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life?” 17  And He said to him, “Why are you asking Me about what is good? There is only One who is good; but if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” 18  Then he said to Him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER; YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY; YOU SHALL NOT STEAL; YOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS; 19  HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER; and YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”

 20  The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept; what am I still lacking?” 21  Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” 22  But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieving; for he was one who owned much property.

23  And Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24  “Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 25  When the disciples heard this, they were very astonished and said, “Then who can be saved?” 26  And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

I was surprised that I could find no graphic for this!  But the needle that Jesus is referring to is not a sewing needle.  He is referring to a pass between too hills or rocks that is so narrow that a camel would not be able to pass through the space.  These tight passages were referred to as "Needles".  There is much confusion about this teaching but once you know the true meaning, it all makes sense.

I hope you learned something new today on your visit, have a blessed week as we move into the shorter days of Autumn.

My Christian heart to yours...

1 comment:

Marydon said...

Beautiful, thought provoking share. Kerrie .... you always share the right things at the right time.
Hugs to you both.
Love you~