The purpose of this blog is to provide insights from the Christian perspective. It exists to present the elementary teachings of the Glorious Gospel through the preaching of sound doctrine, providing biblical exegesis, and by conducting apologetics. The Apostle Paul gave the following exhortation, "...that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another." (1 Corinthians 4:6)
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
An Answer To A Unitarian Proof-Text
-Unitarians (people who deny the Doctrine of the Trinity)
commonly cite the parallel Scripture passages of Matthew 19:17 and Luke 18:19
to deny the deity of Christ. The two verses read, "And
Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God
other words, opponents of the Trinity argue that Christ cannot be God because
He supposedly admitted to having limitations to His abilities.
A Reply To The Unitarians:
-A young rich man approached and asked the Lord Jesus Christ what he
needed to do in order to inherit God's kingdom. The man revealed to Christ his
obedience to the Ten Commandments, wondering whether his deeds were sufficient
for him to merit salvation in heaven. In response to his question, Jesus
pointed out where the rich young man fell short of God's glory, namely his lust
for material possessions. He was comparing the faults in the character of the
rich man’s morality to an infinitely higher standard of perfection. In other
words, Jesus Christ was saying that things are only possible through the grace of God. The wealthy youth failed to recognize Christ's deity.
Furthermore, it is important to recognize how Jesus connected God with goodness,
since He does refer to Himself as being “good” in other passages of Scripture
(John 10:11). Are Unitarians willing to say that Jesus Christ is not good?
In his book titled The Doctrine of the Trinity, pages 18-19, Richard N. Davies said:
-“Christ said to a certain ruler: "Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God." (Mark x, 17, 18.) Christ did not deny that he himself was "good," nor did he deny that he himself was God; but the ruler had not acknowledged him to be God, and our Lord's question to the ruler was based upon that fact. It was as much as to say, As you do not confess me to be God, why call me good? Our Lord said: "There is none good but one, that is, God." It would follow from this that whoever is perfectly good must be God; but our Lord is perfectly, infinitely good, hence must be God...The dilemma, as regards the Socinians, has been well put (see Stier II, 283, note), either, 'There is none good but God; Christ is good; therefore Christ is God;' or, 'There is none good but God; Christ is not God; therefore Christ is not good.' "
The King James Version Bible Commentary, Matthew 19:13-17 (pg. 1213):
-“…Calling Jesus Good
Master, which the Savior challenged, not as a denial of His deity, but to impress
upon this seeker the seriousness of the implication. “Are you really sure of
that?” would be a modern paraphrase. The young man’s question, What good thing
shall I do? implies that he wanted to perform some work that might gain him
eternal life (salvation). Jesus’ challenge was intended to elevate his concept
of “good”. The glib comment “good master” is followed by a request for
something “good” that he may do to gain heaven. Jesus’ concept of good was that
which is divine. Therefore, only an act of God could grant eternal life.”