No One Is Good Except God

Jesus was once approached by someone who addressed Him as “Good Teacher.”  In response, Jesus said that only God deserved to be called good.  This was a remarkable statement. 

Why would Jesus shun praise?  First of all, He knew that the praise of men was a temptation and therefore He refused to indulge in it.  Similarly, we should be very wary of seeking the approval of other people instead of the approval of God.  (For more, see Whose Approval Do You Want? .)  Although He Himself was God in the flesh, Jesus was determined to live life as a human, and thereby demonstrate to us how we should conduct ourselves on the earth. 

Jesus maintained a mindset that considered not just what He could see through His physical eyes, but also what He knew to be true even though He couldn’t see it.  That is, He lived life according to the light of the knowledge of God and not just the light of the sun and the moon.  Again, this is an attitude we are to imitate.  (For more, see Walking in the Spirit and Not in the Flesh .)  So conscious was Jesus of His Father, that He could not accept the characterization of “good” while in His Father’s presence.  The person who addressed Jesus as “Good Teacher” obviously was not conscious of God’s presence, and for this reason Jesus was the  most “good” he could see at that moment of that day.

Leaving aside the earthly life of Jesus for a moment, who among human beings can we say is good…when compared to God?  (Adding the last part of the question creates a different answer, doesn’t it?)  We humans are riddled throughout with evils great and small.  We corruptly seek our own desires day after day, all the while telling ourselves we’re not as bad as some other guy.  Typically, we love what we want rather than loving what is right.  Fortunately, for those who do want to do right, there is an answer.  (For more, see Do You Love What Is Right? .)  Even those who want to do right, however, stumble and fall often.  The only reason our sinfulness is not more apparent to others is that our thoughts are private.  Were all our thoughts broadcast from a television screen on our forehead, our reputations would crumble in a week.

God is not surprised that we sin and has made provision for our eternal well-being in spite of it.  (For more, see Everyone Is Going to Heaven .)  Yet this does not mean our sins are without consequence, for indeed we must each give a full account of our thoughts, words, and deeds. (For more, see Judgment Is Upon Us .)  Thus, Jesus Christ lived…in order to teach us how to live.

Repenting of our self-centered lives and devoting ourselves to living for His purpose is the way to migrate from our badness to His goodness.  Nothing less radical will work.  Yet this migration cannot be undertaken collectively.  We must each undertake the journey as individuals.  You cannot make anyone else more righteous; neither can anyone else make you more righteous.  Only you, submitted to Jesus Christ as Lord, can become a partaker of His divine nature.

One Reply to “No One Is Good Except God”

  1. ‘Jesus maintained a mindset that considered not just what He could see through His physical eyes, but also what He knew to be true even though He couldn’t see it.’

    Q: Do you know what Jesus could have meant with the following statements in which He spoke of seeing the unseen, Mike?

    (1) “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.” (Mt 18:10-11)

    (2) “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” (Jn 1:51)

    (3) “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.” (Jn 5:19)

    (4) “And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen,” (Jn 5:37)

    (5) “I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.” (Jn 8:38)

    PS
    ‘That is, He lived life according to the light of the knowledge of God and not just the light of the sun and the moon.’

    This sentence is inspiring to me, maybe a bit strangely. Do you see? 😉
    My following lines might remain a mystery since I’m not in the mood to clear up history.

    The reason for the ebb and flow of the tide is the moon’s envelope that lets the waves drown with light [I know that this is a pure poetic picture and not the proper physical proof providing evidence 😉 pp….., that is to say, hmmm…pianissimo… 🙂 ].

    And there’s a hole inside the heart of the moon that can only be filled with the golden lights around “noon” [doesn’t make much sense either but it rhymes 😉 ]

    Ahhh…liquid beauty coming from the depths of the light will release a magic fire in the heart deep and right…

    Oh, beautiful release that goes with peace…

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