And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said to him, You are not far from the kingdom of God…
I. THE HIGHEST INTERPRETATION OF HUMAN DUTY APPROACHES THE GOSPEL, BUT FALLS SHORT OF IT.
II. THE CONDITIONS OF ENTRANCE INTO CHRIST'S KINGDOM ARE MORAL, AND NOT MERELY INTELLECTUAL. Faith; obedience; love. The heart, or central being.
III. NO MAN OUGHT TO BE SATISFIED WITH MERELY BEING "NOT FAR" FROM THE KINGDOM.
1. To stop there is to stultify our highest spiritual instincts and tendencies.
2. To stop there is to fail of salvation.
3. To stop there is to aggravate our misery and sin. - M.
Parallel VersesKJV: And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.