Westside Baptist Church of York  

Welcome to West Side Baptist Church of York

Kermit L. Minnick, Pastor


"Why do you call Me good?"                                       

  Matthew 19:17

  A man once approached Jesus, calling Him, "Good teacher." Jesus responded, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God." In this response Jesus was endeavoring to convey two great truths. The first is that He is not just a good teacher. Rather, He is God. The man addressing Him was prepared to accept Him as a good teacher, but was he prepared to acknowledge Him to be Emmanuel, that is, God with us? Would He address Him as doubting Thomas did: "My Lord and my God"? Did he believe that Jesus, the Word who became flesh, "was in the beginning with God and was God"? The second is that the man himself was not good, though he thought himself to be so. As their interview proceeds, the man said he had kept God's commandments from his youth. He thought himself to be good, but Jesus is telling him, "No one is good but One, that is, God." The full text of this conversation reveals this man to love money more than God, which is a breach of the greatest commandment to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. But let us for a moment consider this concept of "good." Sometimes people do things which are good or beneficial to those around them. Jesus Himself is described as One, "who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil." Many people (indeed some very wealthy people) are very generous and give away large amounts of money for the benefit of mankind -- for medicine, famine relief, education, etc. Many also voluntarily donate their time, energy, and money to fire companies, hospital auxiliaries, libraries, civic organizations, etc. Their personal investments in the benefit or good of others are appreciated and real good is accomplished by them. But this is not to be confused with the donors themselves. Human nature is corrupt by sin and all donors (but One) are evil in that they too are proud, lustful, dishonest, vainly ambitious, resentful, irreverent, etc. Evil people may do beneficial things. Forgiveness of sin does not come from beneficial works, but from faith in the death and obedience of the One who always did what was pleasing to His father.




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