Matthew 19:16-26

The story of the privileged boy…

“And someone came to Him and said, “Teacher, what [essentially] good thing shall I do to obtain eternal life [that is, eternal salvation in the Messiah’s kingdom]?”

Jesus answered, “Why are you asking Me about what is [essentially] good? There is only One who is [essentially] good; but if you wish to enter into eternal life, keep the commandments.”

He said to Jesus, “Which commandments?”

And Jesus answered,

  • “You shall not commit murder;
  • You shall not commit adultery;
  • You shall not steal;
  • You shall not give false testimony;
  • Honor your father and mother;
  • and love your neighbor as yourself” [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others].

The young man said to Him, “I have kept all these things [from my youth]; what do I still lack?”

Jesus answered him, “If you wish to be perfect [that is, have the spiritual maturity that accompanies godly character with no moral or ethical deficiencies], go and sell what you have and give [the money] to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; Then, come, follow Me [becoming My disciple, believing and trusting in Me and walking the same path of life that I walk].”

But when the young man heard this, he left grieving and distressed, for he owned much property and had many possessions [which he treasured more than his relationship with God].

Jesus said to His disciples,

“I assure you and most solemnly say to you, it is difficult for a rich man [who clings to possessions and status as security] to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man [who places his faith in wealth and status] to enter the kingdom of God.”

When the disciples heard this, they were completely astonished and bewildered, saying, “Then who can be saved [from the wrath of God]?” But Jesus looked at them and said, “With people [as far as it depends on them] it is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

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Rebecca Iglesias-Flores
CS PhD Student

My research interests include Narrative Event Schemas, Personality Profiling, Persuasive Content-Messaging, and A.I. in Mental Health.