The rich, young, ruler came running to Jesus and enquired as to what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus told him to keep the commandments, and when the young man asked which? Jesus responded by citing those of the decalogue that dealt with human relations, such as the prohibitions against stealing and killing. The young man responded that he had kept all of these from his youth and wanted to know what he yet lacked. Jesus told him if he wanted to be “perfect” to sell what he had, give the money to the poor, and come and follow Him. The young man went away sorrowful because he had great riches.
I recall, some years ago, of reading that Jesus had failed in dealing with this “rich, young, ruler.” Don’t you just love these all-knowing theologians? The Apostle Paul, in writing to Titus said, “Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.” These people being decidedly imperfect see others as they are, or, as we often hear, judge everybody by themselves. Thus Jesus, in the eyes of the writer cited above, just had to have failed the rich, young, ruler. His, defiled mind just had to see the mind of Jesus as defiled also.
Oh, I know, you don’t believe that, (if you are a Christian) you believe that Jesus was perfect. Oh really! Do you?
Jesus said, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” For anything to be filled means that there is no room for anything else. Thus if one is “filled” with righteousness there is absolutely no room for anything - that’s anything - else. The cup is full of righteousness. (The psalmist David’s cup was running over - I guess his righteousness was flowing out to others.)
Just as right is the opposite of wrong, so is righteousness the opposite of unrighteousness. Thus one full of righteousness has no room for any unrighteousness; he is a perfect man (or woman). Of course, the first person I mentioned this to wanted to know what was meant by righteousness. Here we go; the paralysis of analysis. Present a truth that one is not ready to accept and inevitably he will insist that you define your terms. But he knows what righteousness is, just as you know what righteousness is, and just as I know what righteousness is. “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good: and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk, humbly with thy God ?” Micah 6:8.
That’s righteousness. Are you full of it ? If not, then let me suggest that you, without delay, get real hungry and thirsty for it. For you see this doctrine of Christian perfection, that God can make you a perfect man, is the doctrine of the Bible, the doctrine of Jesus, the doctrine of God, and it is just not going to go away.
Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” I have never found where He stated that anybody else would.