"Why Do You Call Me Good??"(Matthew 19.17)
Why did Christ ask that question??
He was on guard against the idea that HE Jesus was good - of Himself.
Its as if Christ was learning from the devil - the devil's example.
Lets say the devil rebelled against God on the basis of his own goodness, godliness.
He wanted to be independent, that's all.
Jesus is saying, "If I want to be independent, I'm making the same mistake that the devil made.
I've GOT to remember I am NOTHING without God the Father !!!
Jesus had an ego.
He apparently was afraid of His own ego.
Or realized it had to be kept under control.
He knew that as the time of the Cross approached,
His own ego would cry out, NO! NO!
So when Jesus said defensively,
"Why do you call Me good??
There is none good but GOD,"
He was actually preparing for the testing,
getting ready for the TEMPTATION (to flee)
that would occur as the Cross ORDEAL came closer and closer.
HOW WISE HE WAS TO DENY HIS OWN
HUMAN GOODNESS APART FROM GOD !!
He said "I do nothing of Myself.
But as My Father has taught Me, I speak these things...
The Father has not left Me alone.
For I do always those things which please Him"(John 8.28-29).
Yes, in this passage Christ emphasized the goodness of the Father, not His own.
I am "nothing of Myself." "The Son can do nothing of Himself"(John 5.19,30).
No wonder Christ saw being called "good" as a threat
- in the light of the Cross that was fast approaching.
Christ said, "Why do you call Me good? There is none good but God."
But preachers claim Christ was hinting at that He was God.
But I say just the opposite.
Christ meant, "Any goodness I have is not My own.
I am totally dependent upon the Father."
In short, Christ was being defensive,
NOT declaring His Deity.
(Beware of preachers - they can be dangerous.)