- 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?
- 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?
- 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.