Camels and needles

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As Jesus started 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?”  “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered.  “No one is good – except God alone.  You know the commandments:  ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.’ “

“Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”  Jesus looked at him and loved him.  “One thing you lack,” he said.  “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.  Then come, follow me.”  At this the man’s face fell.  He went away sad, because he had great wealth.  Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”

The disciples were amazed at his words.  But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!  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.”  The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”  Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
– Mark 10:17-27

Salvation is totally the work of God.  Every attempt to enter the kingdom on the basis of achievement or merit is futile.  Apart from the grace of God, no one can be saved!

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~ by StraightUp Faith on December 28, 2007.

One Response to “Camels and needles”

  1. wow, i’m giving a talk in class about this passage till verse 31 and its great to see how simplified the main point is put across here. i ususally struggle to nail the main point when preparing to preach.

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