What must I do?

RE Verse reading–Mark 10:17-31 (day five)  “Good Teacher, what must I DO to inherit eternal life?”  (vs 17)  It is fairly common to hear the RYR criticized for his question.  To some it indicates his spiritual confusion.  Didn’t he know that we are not saved by works of righteousness but by faith?  (see Ephesians 2:9)  The Lord does not feel the need to challenge or correct him on this point.  Neither does Paul in Acts 16 when the jailer poses a similar question, “what must I DO to be saved?”  We must be careful to let the scripture speak its own story.  We are NOT saved by works.  Clearly. There is no merit to our salvation. We are, however, told to ACT in faith.  Go!  Sell!  Give!  Come!  Follow!  These are all expressions of faith and doors into eternal life.  Simple faith, saving faith does what is commanded by the Lord.  Obedience, in this moment, is equivalent to faith and leads to life.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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