I am a fan of church history, even though I know so little about it. So when I was given the opportunity to read a book about Clement of Alexandria I jumped at the opportunity and I am certainly glad with what I found.
This book follows the story of one of Clement’s early works, Who is the rich man that shall be saved? It was an ancient commentary on the story of the young rich man from the Gospels. Here, Robison has done an excellent job of making the text come alive for our modern times.
The main point of Clement’s work is to take a deeper look at the Gospel story. What is really happening when Jesus is talking to the young rich ruler and what lesson does he hope the readers to gather? Clement exercises his skill in bring the characters to life, as well as the issues at hand.
In short, wealth is not an exterior issue but an interior one. It is a problem of the heart and spirit that cannot be remedied by simple being poor. Because, riches are not really the problem. The problem is that we set our hearts on other things that eclipse the goodness of God. It is only when we set God as truly first in our lives that we will experience what he truly has to offer.
The author handled both the ancient writing and the Biblical support with skill. His writing was clear and engaging and I ate right through the book because I wanted to see where he was going with it!
If you’re looking to learn more about the story of the young rich ruler, or just want to dive into some practical church history – i highly recommend this book.