Doing vs Being

From Mark 10:17-22 / Doing vs Being – In Jesus’ context, calling someone “good teacher” like this would have been considered effusive, over the top. But both by his question, and Jesus’ response, the heart of the matter emerges. So Jesus asks “why do you call me good? No one IS good, except God alone. Bingo. The man wanted to know what he could DO to inherit eternal life. Jesus tells him, you can’t by doing. You must BE good. Like God is good. But how can one possibly be as good as God Himself? Jesus answers that too – by faith alone. So he replies – sell everything and follow me, and I promise you treasure in Heaven. i.e, “you’ll have to believe me, trust me enough to set everything else aside based on my promise alone.” That, is saving faith. And that, is what finds us clothed with the righteousness of Christ, so that God judges US, not our works – good. “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith.” Philip. 3:8-9

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