You’re Not Far From the Kingdom of God

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You’re Not Far From the Kingdom of GodThe Love Commandment

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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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2 Responses to You’re Not Far From the Kingdom of God

  1. Pastor Andy says:

    Hey Larry, I almost used this layout myself, nice look!
    I totally agree w/you on this. Many people today think that because they believe that God exists, they must be Christians (but they’re not). Many others went to church when they were kids, so figure that makes them Christians today, (but it doesn’t).
    And still yet, like the scribe (or the young rich man in Mark), many think they can earn their ways into Heaven (but they can’t).
    Because it’s not so much about what you know, what church you frequented as a child, or what you do, but who you know (Jesus, or God through Jesus).
    I often use the example of a band. You can enjoy their music, know everything about them, have all their albums, and go to all their concerts. But if a reporter were to ask them about you, chances are they wouldn’t have any idea of who you are…you’d be no part of them.

    Great post, brother!

    Hey, I’d like to invite you to check out my recently-started site called “Dear Pastor Andy”. It’s located at: http://dearpastorandy.blogspot.com/
    It’s a Christian apologetics-type blog in a Q&A format, and I think you’d enjoy it.

  2. Larry Vaughn says:

    Hi Pastor Andy,

    I really like this layout a lot. Thank you for commenting on this post.

    Blessings,
    Larry

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