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There is But One Good; That is God


Mark10:18 - And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone."

From our vantage, it doesn't seem as if the question and the answer really go together. "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" (Mark 10:17). And this is Jesus' answer: "Why do you call me good? No one is good-except God alone" (Mark 10:18). That statement has caused some people to think that perhaps Jesus means something like, "God is good, and you shouldn't call me good because I am not really God." But that's precisely the opposite of what Jesus means to say. Jesus is taking the word "good" literally. The young man had called him, "Good teacher." He said it as a way of being respectful, but he wasn't really thinking of the meaning of the word.

Jesus understands that all real goodness comes from God. He's saying, "When you call me good, do you really know what you're saying? If I am good in the ultimate sense, it's because I am not merely a good person; it's because I am God in human flesh." So when Jesus says, "Why do you call me good?" he's asking the question, "Do you really know who you are talking to? And do you really know what you are saying?"

Only God is infinitely good.

He is the source of all goodness.



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