Romans 11:33-36

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Friday, October 16, 2009

More than Master

Mark 10:17-18

What youth don't believe, Christ helps them understand so that they can believe God's Son is not a good master, but the good God. For if who­ever glorifies the "One God" also fully glorifies the Son of God, how can the Only-begotten Son not have God's goodness when only God is good?

So then, with divinely inspired comprehension our Lord didn't say, "There is none good but the Father alone," but "There is none good but God alone." For the proper name for one who pro­duces children is "Father." But God's unity by no means excludes the Godhead of each of the three Persons. Therefore, it is His nature that is wor­shiped.

Goodness is from God's nature and the Son of God exists in the nature of God. Therefore, goodness doesn't express just one Person, but the complete unity of the Godhead. The Lord, then, doesn't deny His goodness, but rebukes the disci­ple who doubts His deity.

When the scribe said, "Good Master," the Lord answered, "Why callest thou Me good?" He is saying there, "It isn't enough to call someone good who you don't believe is God. I don't want such people to be My disciples—people who consider My manhood and see Me as a good master, rather than look to My Deity and believe that I am the good God."

Readings taken from Day by Day with the Early Church Fathers


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