Mark 10:17-31

  1. What basic wrong assumption was made by this man about salvation and eternal life?
    Cf. Eph. 2:9. Why did Jesus stress to him the demands of the Law?
    What was the real hindrance that held him back?
  2. Why did Jesus say it would be hard for those with riches to enter the kingdom?
    Cf. Luke 14:33.
    Are there any things in my life that are holding up spiritual progress?
  3. What promises does Jesus make to those who are willing to renounce earthly wealth to follow him without reservation?
    What is the meaning of the warning in verse 31?
    Cf. 1 Cor. 13:3.

Note. Verse 25. ‘There does not seem to be any good early evidence for the view that the phrase eye of a needle is a postern-gate in the city wall’. The phrase is better understood as a vivid description of sheer impossibility.