Why do you call Me good? The unsettling reply of Jesus is the “Most terrifying truth of Scripture,” Paul Washer
God is good
A rich young ruler asked Jesus, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus replies, “Why do you call Me good?… No one is good except God alone.” The problem, God is good—we are not. (Luke 18:19)
God is Holy
In the Old Testament, Nadab and Abihu offered “unauthorized fire” before the LORD. The anger of God consumed them by “holy fire” (Lev. 10:1–2). Likewise, death came to anyone who touched the Ark of the Covenant or looked inside it. God’s presence was in the Ark.
No one is good except God alone
What does a Good and Holy God do to sinners?
If God is entirely just, His judgment is unequivocal. If God pardons wickedness, he is no longer just. God cannot have fellowship with sinners because He is Holy; that is why hell is real, the lake of fire. How do we call on God if we are not worthy?
The answer is found in Jesus alone
Since God is just, He must condemn our sin. But because God is love, He does the unthinkable. He sends His begotten son to a “tree to die” so we can live.
“According to the law, in fact, nearly everything must be purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”
The sins of humankind rested upon Jesus. He carried the wrath of God. God forsook His Son on the cross, and Jesus’ blood redeemed sinners who believe in Him. Thus, it satisfied the justice of God and paid for our sins once and for all time.
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Our response to a “Good God”
The “mind” in scriptures refers to the control-center of our will, emotions, intellect. It is where we make decisions. If you have changed your mind, everything else will change. This is what it means “to repent.” From the Greek word metanoia, it means “a change of mind.”
If you have changed your mind, everything else will change.
Paul had a change of mind (metanoia). Paul (who was Saul) thought that Jesus was the greatest blasphemer on earth. He thought Christians were a terrible sect and must be extinguished.
“God calls all people everywhere to repent and believe the Gospel.”
His entire reality changed. He recognized he was wrong. He changed his mind to who Jesus was and called Him, Messiah, and that Christians are God’s people.
Because he had the “mind of Christ,” his attitude changed. From an unbeliever, Paul began to preach Jesus and died for his faith.
“To repent is to realize that your entire view about reality was wrong, and to see to submit God’s truth about who He is, about who you are, and what Jesus has done for you,” Paul Washer.
The question is, have your truly repented?
The work of repentance begins in believing in Jesus. Recognizing that nothing in us can save us. Not our good works or the good we did for others, but only through the cross. To know if we did (or continuous to do so), we must bear the fruits of repentance.
- Has that “change of mind” replaced your understanding of who God is?
- Do you seek holiness; Do you consider heaven a great price?
- Do the sins you once love, you now hate?
- Do you believe (by faith alone) that you need Jesus to save you?
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
How do you know you have truly believed?
If you’ve truly believed who Jesus is, you will continue to grow in grace. Maybe slowly but surely, you will be transformed closer to the image of Christ. You will bear fruit of Sprits. (Read John 15)
“The Lord disciplines the one He loves and punishes every son He receives.“
You will still fall into sin, but a real Christian cannot live in a continuous state of carnality and immaturity because He who began a good work in you will finish it.
God will watch over you with loving parental care because he loves you and he desires your holiness and sanctification. When you become a Christian, you become God’s child and He who began a good work will be faithful to complete it.