You’re Not Far From the Kingdom of God

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Some Christians are not very Christ-like. They’re mean and they live like the devil. Why is that?

I think that the answer can be found in the following passage of scripture.

And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus Answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord Our God Is One Lord: And Thou Shalt Love The Lord Thy God With All Thy Heart, And With All Thy Soul, And With All Thy Strength: this is the first commandment.

And the second is like, namely this, Thou Shalt Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself, There is none other commandment greater than these. And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other than  he: And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbor as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings, and sacrifices.

And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the Kingdom of God.  Mark 12:28-34

This is one of the most informative passages in the Bible. In just a few words, Jesus has explained The Ten Commandments and revealed the meaning of the Bible. So it’s easy to get carried away with these exciting revelations and not notice what Jesus said to the Scribe, Thou art not far from the Kingdom of God.

What Jesus was saying to the Scribe is this: “You’re close to the Kingdom of God.  You’re not there yet, but you’re close.”

Close, but not there! Wait a minute, this guy was a scribe. He knew and understood the scriptures. How can a man know so much about the Bible, and still be excluded from the Kingdom of  God? What was he, one step away from heaven? Where did he go wrong?

He thought that he was in right-standing with God because of what he knew. But he was wrong. He knew a lot, but knowledge, in itself, won’t get you there. To enter the Kingdom of God, there are some things you have to know; but, there are some things you have to do.

There are many people who believe that God exists, and that Jesus exists. But that doesn’t make them Christians. There’s more to being a Christian than merely believing that God exists. Even the devils believe that.

Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. James 2:19

There’s a good reason these people are nothing like Jesus. They’re not Christians. They think that they are, but they’re wrong.

They believe that they’re Christians, but they’re not. They’re not a part of the Kingdom of God. They’re close, but they’re not there.

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