An Exegesis on the Rich Young Ruler

Orthodox Christian Theology

In Mark 10:17-31 we hear of the rich young ruler and his bid for recognition of his own good works. What we find instead is the Gospel.

A historically accurate rendition of the rich young ruler.

Originally Posted by gordRedeemedView Post

Why is it [good works] scandalous? Honest question. Reading all 4 gospels, which I have several times over, I see good works and moralism expounded by Christ. He says those who don’t do good works he ‘never knew’.

Great point. I think Jesus at many points was expounding upon the Law, in which we know from Paul no one can be made righteous, simply because the standards are too high.

During the Sermon on the Mount: “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt 5:48).

Did you catch that? One must be perfect. That, obviously is impossible.

Now put that in the back of your…

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