We read in the first three gospels of a person spoken of in Luke's record as "a certain ruler," who went to Jesus desiring to learn what he should do to gain eternal life. Mark relates the incident in this manner: "There came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?" The sincerity of his desire was manifest, but self-righteousness was rebuked by the Nazarene in the assurance that God is the only good.
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