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And a ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.’” And he said, “All these I have kept from my youth.” Luke 18:18-21 (ESV)

To be delivered from such blindness is one of the first things needful to our salvation. The eyes of our understandings must be enlightened by the Holy Spirit. (Ephes. 1:18.) We must learn to know ourselves. No man really taught of the Spirit will ever talk of having “kept all God’s commandments from his youth.” He will rather cry with Paul, “The law is spiritual, but I am carnal.” “I know that in me dwells no good thing.” (Rom. 7:14-18.)

Ryle, J. (1857) Expository Thoughts on the Gospels, Monergism Books, pg. 1060

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