Close, but Not Close Enough
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Close, but Not Close Enough

Mark 12:34  (ID: 1388)

In Mark 12, we meet a scribe who questioned Jesus not as a cynic or a skeptic but as a sincere spiritual seeker. He came so close to understanding Jesus’ significance that Jesus even told him that he was “not far from the kingdom of heaven.” Is “not far” close enough, though? Alistair Begg helps us to answer this pressing question, showing us how loving God means not only embracing orthodox belief but also recognizing our need for a Savior and responding to the Gospel’s urgent call.

34And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions.

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Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.

Alistair Begg
Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.