enter into life, keep the commandments" (Matt. xix. 17). Does not this prove that
salvation is obtained by good works, and not by faith in Christ?
C. If you read further on you will see that, though the young man to whom this was
said claimed to have kept the commandments, yet he did not thereby obtain salvation.
Christ said concerning him, "It is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye
than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God" (v. 24). He showed the young
man that he had not kept even the first commandment, since he preferred his riches to God,
and thereby became an idolater. But Christ proved the necessity of faith in Himself by
bidding the young man follow Him. Only through faith in Christ is it possible to
keep God's commandments.
62. M. If your Bible in its present condition is the Word of God, why are not
the promises in Mark xvi. 17, 18 fulfilled in our time?
C. [You remember that I pointed out that we are not quite so certain that
Mark xvi. 9-20 forms part of the original Gospel as we are of the rest 1.] If
you read the Acts of the Apostles you will