Matthew – the Gospel of Fulfillment Chapter 19 Obtaining Eternal Life
This chapter contains the account of a sincere person who came to Jesus and asked, “What shall I do to obtain eternal life.” Knowing the sincerity of this person, Jesus responded, “Keep the commandments.” Now the person responded to Jesus that he had, but Jesus knew that not one of us could perfectly keep all the commandments for our entire life, so He responded where the person did not keep the law – in the manner of coveting. Jesus told the man to go and sell all that he had, to give it to the poor and then to follow Him. As we’re told, “the man went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property.”
Jesus told his followers, “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter then kingdom of God.” His disciples in astonishment asked, “Then who can be saved?” You can’t get a camel through a needle (a great illustration of extremes!). Jesus responded, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” The moral of this account: We have no possibility of getting to heaven based on our own efforts or intentions. Only God can make it possible and He did through His Son as the rest of Matthews Gospel will demonstrate.