Though the rich young ruler claims to have kept the commandments Jesus mentioned, he still lacked one thing. He thought he was a good person, yet his self-righteousness was not enough. Not only was he prideful, but he was focusing on himself. It is only through Jesus blood and His righteousness that he could inherit eternal life.
“You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother. And he said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.”
When people point to their own self-righteousness, we need to compare it to God’s standards and then point them to the cross.
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