None Good But One

When Christ is called, “Good Master,” He responds, “Why do you call me good? There is none good but one, that is God.”  (Mk 10:17-18) This is helpful: God is good, and only God is good.

So, Man is not good; Man is bad; desperately wicked. Man has free will: God gives Man freedom to choose, and in choosing freely Man always chooses badly. (Ge 6:5)

We should not be surprised that people are evil and that God’s angry — it’s a miracle that any at all are good … indeed some are (Lk 1:5-6), a mystery hid in God restraining evil. (Pr 16:1, 9)

God can make us good, and only God can make us good. If He can make anyone good, then He can make you and me good, by replicating His nature in us.

Do we want to be good? This is the beginning of goodness, itself the gift of God, working in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure. (Php 2:13)

I seem to need a constant reminder that my hope is not in politics, or in religion, or in my family, my friends, my job or my country … or in myself … but in a sovereign God Who always does according to His own purpose and will … which is always good. (Ep 1:11)

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2 thoughts on “None Good But One”

  1. I was fretting about the evils in our land, particularly in our leaders (listening to talk radio too much I suppose). I needed this reminder: God is in control, always has been, always will be.

  2. Molinism is a teaching designed to resolve the problem of the unevangelized; it claims that God knows who would be saved under what conditions, and has so arranged the world that everyone who would ever receive him under any condition has been placed under conditions that will allow him to be saved.

    In my opinion, this is perhaps a reasonably good way to explain this one phenomenon, how the plan of salvation could be just even though all people have not had a chance to hear, but it does not appear to me to do sufficient justice to either the nature of God or the nature of Man. It seems to me to place man as the ultimate cause of his own salvation, rather than God’s election, and to deny the reality of God’s sovereign control of all people at all times.

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