No One is Good but One

I know you have heard a lot of people say they are going to heaven when they die because they’re a good person. The title of this entry came from a story in [Mark] in which a good man, called the ‘Rich Young Ruler’ asked Jesus, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to the man, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but one, that is, God.” Notice, Jesus keyed in on the word ‘good’ in this man’s question. The man was right in a way, but he had Jesus pegged as a man of God who was just a good teacher. He was not the only person listed in the gospels that made this same mistake. But Jesus said to him, “No one is good but one, that is, God” and corrected the young ruler on who He was speaking to. In the preceding statement, Jesus told the man, “If you call me good, and there is no one good, but God, then you are, whether you understand it or not, recognizing me as God, because I am more than just a man teaching people about God, I am God in man, teaching men, “How to become like God.” And Jesus proceeded to tell the man, “You know the commandments; Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and your mother.” The young man replied, “Teacher, (the young man had not caught what Jesus had told him about who He was, but that didn’t bother Jesus, He went right on teaching just the same.) all these things I have kept from my youth.” Then Jesus looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack; Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come follow me.” This is the second opportunity in this short sequence of sentences that Jesus offered the young man an opportunity to recognize Him for who He is. But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.” [Mark 10:17-22]

In the mind of this young man he was a good person because he fulfilled the commandments Jesus had named off. But when Jesus told him he was lacking something that would prevent him from receiving eternal life, he became sad. Why do you think that was? The man had a selfish nature and didn’t want to share any of the profits from what he had worked so hard to obtain. How do we know this is true? We know, because Jesus told the man to go sell what he had and give some of it to the poor, then he would have treasure in heaven…” and this made the man sad. Hey, folks! Did you hear what Jesus said to do if you want to have treasure in heaven? Go to work, earn your money, and help those who don’t have any. This is Christianity 101. Share! Share! Share! God gave, Jesus gave, the first century church gave, and we are to give. That is what Christianity is all about. James, the half-brother of Jesus said, [James 1:27] “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit the orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”

Then Jesus said to the young man, “Come, take up your cross and follow me.” Did you notice; none of the things Jesus told this young man to do to inherit eternal life involved great physical labor, but all of them involved the heart of man in which truth and love and charity live. This young man obeyed the law, but he knew nothing about God or what was pleasing to God. He was religious and adhered to the Jewish teachings of the day, but he knew nothing about sharing or loving his neighbor as his own self or considering another person’s needs to be greater than his own. He would have learned these lessons had he followed Jesus, but he made the choice he would rather live a selfish life and keep his stuff than serve the living God whom he had just talked to face to face. Please notice the second great truth found in this sequence of sentences: The reason Jesus shared this truth with this man was to help him understand that if he kept for himself everything he earned in this life, that would be the only reward he would ever have. But if he gave to the poor and followed Jesus, he would have eternal life and a bank account so to speak waiting for him in heaven when he arrived. The third great truth found here is: Jesus was pointing out to the young man that you cannot be His disciple and live a selfish lifestyle because the two are incompatible. God’s nature is to give, and if we are citizens of His kingdom, we have the same nature He possesses. If we are not givers and do not like sharing our possessions; then we really need to check our relationship with the Lord because love gives, and selfishness keeps and hoards. God is the author of love and love gives until it hurts; Satan is the author of hate and hate takes until it kills and destroys. [John 10:10]

* Comments are welcome. However, opposing viewpoints that lack scriptural support will not be approved for viewing. DThrash

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3 Comments

  1. DThrasher

    You’re welcome.

  2. Thanks

  3. great…

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