Jesus said to him, “If you really want to reach the goal, go, sell your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. And come, follow me.” Bible see other translations

“If you really want to reach the goal.” The Greek word teleios (#5046 τέλειος teˈ-lay-os) refers to bringing something to an end, a finish; bringing to completeness, maturity, perfection, or to a goal. In this case, the word “perfect” can be misleading. The man wanted to have everlasting life, which Jesus said he could have by keeping the commandments (Matt. 19:17). However, when the man pressed in and asked if he lacked anything, Jesus took the conversation to a new level, and said if you really want to reach your goal, sell all you have and you will have treasure stored up in heaven (that treasure would be actually conferred when the Lord set up his kingdom on earth).

[See Appendix 3: “Christ’s Future Kingdom on Earth.”]

Commentary for: Matthew 19:21