Good Impersonal

Mortals become accustomed to attach good to persons, thus making human personality the source of goodness. Notwithstanding Jesus' concise statement to the contrary, this custom is almost universal. The Master's query and positive assertion regarding the only source of good, it seems, have been quite generally overlooked by mankind, or at least disregarded. To the one who came inquiring of him, "Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?" Jesus replied, "Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God;" and he followed with precise instructions as to the means of gaining eternal life, that is, by keeping the commandments.

Much more than a superficial message lies hidden in these sayings. Jesus utterly refused to accept the personal tribute contained in the salutation, "Good Master." So keen was he upon correcting the implication that good was personal to him that, even before he answered the inquirer's question, he corrected this thought. In doing this, as was his invariable custom, he pointed to God as the source of all good, the fountainhead from which spring all power, all reality, all truth. In this recognition of the divine source of all good, Christ Jesus by no means detracted from the value and importance to mankind of his own words and works. Rather did he emphasize his mission as Way-shower to men in their search for God. To prove God to be the source of all good, of all reality, ever at hand and available to meet mankind's needs, was his purpose. This could scarcely have been accomplished by arrogating to himself the power and goodness which inhere in God alone. Such a course would have immensely lessened the force of his example; in fact, would have quite nullified it. Only as he looked to God as the source of all that is, could he invoke the divine law in destroying error, in so successfully rebuking Satan's every offering.

Church Officers
January 8, 1927

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