David -v- Doug: Mark 10:17-22


Are the Commandments still valid today?

Bible Answers Live – Doug Batchelor

Mark 10:17-22

Doug’s Bible Reference: Mark 10:17-22  “And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?  18  And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.  19  Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.  20  And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.  21  Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.  22  And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.”

David’s Bible Answer: The rich young ruler failed to recognize the fact that, “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”  Romans 3:23. He replied, “all these have I observed from my youth.” Christ knew that the rich young ruler was actually like all mankind, guilty of sin and in danger of God’s judgment. This young man’s answer showed his spiritual blindness.

And yet, “Jesus beholding him loved him.” Anything short of perfect obedience to the Law under the Old Covenant rendered a man unworthy of eternal life and deserving of death, which is the wages of sin. If this young man’s eyes were opened he might have replied, “all of these I have tried to observe since my youth but I have come up short.”

If anything these verses prove the exact opposite that Doug is inferring here. That a lifetime of trying to obey the commandments, had actually left this man in the exact same state before God’s judgment as Belshazzar the king Babylon, “Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.” Daniel 5:27.

“Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest.” Doug has erroneously used these verses and “proof” that man needs to obey the law in order to inherit eternal life missing the entire point.  The rich young ruler could never earn His eternal life through obedience to the law… that is precisely the point that Jesus is making here. “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ” Galatians 2:17. “One thing thou lackest,” the rich young ruler needed to be born again! He needed to be converted! He needed a new heart! “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” John 3:3. The rich young ruler was indeed weighed in the balances, and art found wanting… but it was not too late!

Christ’s answer, “go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven” was engineered to open this young man’s eyes and reveal his character, that despite his lifetime of obedience to the Law, he was flawed and came up short. How can any man reading these verses conclude that the what the rich young ruler had done his entire life is the key to eternal life? To do so, is to miss the entire point Jesus is making!


Pretexts| Matthew 5:17-19 | Mark 10:17-22 |Matthew 15:3-9 | Romans 4:15 | John 14:15 |1 John 5:2-3

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David is a self-employed business owner who enjoys web and graphics design, a good TV show or movie, spending time with his animals and friends. For many years,David taught the Bible on the west coast 5 days a week over the radio for a broadcast he called, "The Loud Cry Ministry." David has been in ministry his entire adult life, having visited and taught in churches coast to coast, including churches in California, New York, Tennessee, Kansas, Nevada, Texas, Georgia, Oregon and Washington. David has been in marketing for over a dozen years now having owned or managed four offices, with hundreds of employees. David is responsible for creating and developing projects that cost in excess of half a million dollars, and absolutely loves developing new concepts and ideas and turning them into a reality. Currently David resides in Cincinnati OH where he works from home managing his online business US Home Work Force for the past three years, in which he provides websites and training for thousands of people all across the country helping them to earn a substantial income over the Internet.

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