"If thou wilt be perfect"

"Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?" (Matt. 19:16.) This startling question put to Jesus by a young man received a considered answer.

In the brief record of the talk that followed, the reader becomes aware that Jesus is probing the questioner, directing his thought to the fundamental cause, to the nature of God, or good. "If thou wilt enter into life," he tells him, "keep the commandments." Eagerly the assurance of such observance is given—observance dating from the questioner's early youth. Then follows the Master's challenge, "If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me."

The Seal of Apostleship
December 14, 1946

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