To give a quick bit of context here; a scribe asked Jesus what the most important commandment was. Jesus answered that there where two commandments greater than all others: love God and your neighbor. The following verses are largely the scribes response to this. — This is what God gave me today in His word:
And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And 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. (Mark 12:32-34)
Jesus tells this man that, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” Now, I don’t know about you, but I’d hate to not be far from the kingdom of God; I’d hate to be at the gate, but not enter. Being close is really not much different from being far off… So, here’s the question, why was it this scribe was close, but not yet accepted into ‘the kingdom’?
Because, despite his knowledge, this man was still a scribe, not a Christian. You can do almost everything right, get all the knowledge you want about God, try to obey all the laws in the Bible, bit if you have not Christ, everything you do is worthless. No one can be perfect, thus everyone needs Christ. Thus the scribe, with all his knowledge, was still outside of the kingdom. Likewise, who are ever learning, but never come to an actual knowledge of the truth; come to the knowledge of Jesus, will remain outside.
The point being this: we must be careful that we don’t become like the scribe! Let’s not become those who are able to give good answers, and are able to live, most of the time, uprightly, only to discover that Jesus never knew us.
You are Loved!