Why Did Jesus Say, “Why Do You Call Me Good?”

 

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The rich young ruler met with Jesus

 

Matthew 19:16-17

16 Now one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good deed shall I do to have eternal life?”
17 He replied to him, “Why do you call Me good? There is One who is good. But if you would enter life, keep the commandments.”

Why did Jesus seem to say that He is not good that only God is good as to separate Himself from God? We know that Jesus is good as seen in John 10:11 which says, I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”

What did Jesus really mean with the question at hand? Jesus was trying to get the rich young ruler to realize that He was God in the flesh. Why do I say that you might add? Because the young man recognized part of deity in Christ without being aware of it by seeing Him as good which by the way only belongs to God in the understanding of Jesus’ ministry with all types of miracles, doing things that only God can do. Since God is good and the young man saw that nature in Jesus, He essentially was saying to the young man, “Only God is good, do you believe that I Am God since you see that in Me?”

(Study) Jesus Is God

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Genesis 1:1

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

In the first verse of the whole Bible, God wants to make it clear that only He is the sole creator of the universe.

Isaiah 44:24

“This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the Lord, the Maker of all things, who stretches out the heavens, who spreads out the earth by myself


Genesis 1:3

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

Through God’s Word, all things visible and invisible was created.

Psalm 33:6

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.

John 1:1

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

“Word was with God” 

The Greek word for “with” is Pros which means: to, towards, with.

The Word was with (towards) God, meaning the Word (Jesus) was face to face with God and then it says the Word (Jesus) was God. God was face to face with a person, Jesus the Word. God was not with an impersonal construct but with a person.

John 1:2-3

2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

Colossians 1:16

For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.

One of Jesus’ title is the Word of God which basically means creator (see Genesis 1:3 and Psalms 33:6).

Revelation 19:13

He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.

John 1:14

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:17-18

17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.


Genesis 1:26

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

Genesis 5:1-2

This is the written account of Adam’s family line. When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God. 2 He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them “Mankind” when they were created.

Genesis 9:6

“Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made mankind.

“Let Us” in Genesis 1 verse 26 speaks of the Trinity (God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit) because the “Us” created man and only God is the creator.

Moses Spoke With Jesus On Mount Sinai

Picture on the left: Moses speaking with God on the mountain, Picture on the right: Moses and Elijah speaking with Jesus on the mountain


Exodus 34:29

29 As Moses descended from Mount Sinai—with the two tablets of the testimony in his hands as he descended the mountain—he did not realize that the skin of his face shone as a result of his speaking with the Lord.

Matthew 17:1-3

After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. 2 He was transformed in front of them, and His face shone like the sun. Even His clothes became as white as the light. 3 Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.


Before the tabernacle was erected, Moses always spoke to God on the mountain. Since he was in close proximity his face absorbed God’s glory. In the New Testament, the Book of Matthew chapter 17 we see Moses speaking with Jesus on a mountain who was transformed into a walking sun and now the reader will understand why when Moses was on earth his face shone like the sun. In mount Sinai, it was Jesus whom Moses spoke with.


John 14:7-9

7 “If you know Me, you will also know My Father. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.”
8 “Lord,” said Philip, “show us the Father, and that’s enough for us.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been among you all this time without your knowing Me, Philip? The one who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?