(#322 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” So Yahshua said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except One—the Mighty One alone.” (Mark 10:17-18)
No one is good? Good: Hebraically: tobe, which implies “beauty” and from the Greek; ag-ath-os’, implying inherent goodness. These both describe what originates from Yahweh and is empowered by Him in your life, through faith. Yahshua confesses that even He is not inherently good, but that ALL goodness originates from the Father.
Until you deal with this truth as reality, the entire foundation of your spiritual existence will be flawed and imperfect. What happens to your conscience when you hear statements such as: “Yahshua had to learn to be righteous and He was completely capable of failing.”? For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet He did not sin. (Hebrews 4:15) Or what about, “It was Yahweh’s will that the Messiah not be perfected until the moment He breathed His last breath.”? For it was fitting for Him [Yahweh], for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted. (Hebrews 2:10, 18)
He was tempted; He suffered; He was capable of sinning; and He was not perfected until He had endured till the end. If your doctrine is of the mainstream dialect, you are going to need to strongly reconsider what your “God in the flesh” belief system means. If Yahshua was able to access His omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence as a man, then how could He then be an example to us?
If sinning was not possible for Him, then how impressive is it that He did not sin? Again! If it was impossible for Him to sin, then big deal that He did not sin! What makes His life most extraordinary is that He shed His “Mighty One likeness” and became like a man. And then, as a man who was in every way tempted to sin, accomplished perfection by shedding His “self” once again becoming like the Mighty One.
Let this mind be in you which was also in the Messiah Yahshua, who, being in the form of the Mighty One, did not consider it robbery to be equal with the Almighty, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men [relinquishing His Mighty One likeness]. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the stake. (Philippians 2:5-8)
And so we come to understand that this one we call Savior never proclaimed that His own goodness would be the clarion call for those who would follow. He passed every test and learned obedience to the point of death, yet He never boasted in Himself. It would only ever be the Father’s righteousness in Him, and this could then be passed through Him to others who would carry their own torture stake (Luke 9:23). He never asked to be glorified, but always claimed that any glory in Him was attributed to the Father. This has everything to do with your walk as a follower of the Messiah. You also walk in the Father’s goodness; and always give all glory to Him lest He expose you for the ungood (yes, we know it’s not a word but you get it) that you are.