18 Then a certain ruler asked him, saying, "Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"
19 And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.3
20 You know the commandments:4 'Do not commit adultery, do not kill, do not steal, do not bear false witness, honor your father and your mother.'" [Notice! Jesus did not say that you must keep all the commandments; He listed only those that make up the moral core of the Law, which is included in the law that is written on every man's heart, by which all men shall be judged by God, and which has never been annulled or canceled.]
21 And he said, "I have kept all these from my youth up."
22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said to him, "You still lack one thing: sell all that you have and give to the poor,5 and you will have treasure in heaven; and come and follow me." [To have eternal life, (which is the life of God), we must follow the moral commandments, (which are a part of the law on every man's heart), give to the poor, and then follow Him. We follow Him by exposing ourselves to hear his commands and then obey them; we deny our will and submit to His commands — that is the cross all men must bear to the death of self, to attain salvation, to attain eternal life. From the Word of the Lord within: "You must have a devotion to the law that is on every man's heart; you must listen; and you must obey."]
|Matthew 13:44 |
44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field; which when a man has found it, he hides it, and for joy over it, he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.