Why did Jesus say - No one is good—except God alone?
Jesus was reaffirming that every things belongs to God. Everything comes from God. Jesus only taught what God had ordered / given him to teach, being the slave of God. Confirming what had gone before and that it would continue. Everything was in the hands of God.
Mark 10: 18-19 - 18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’
Mentioned again in Luke 18:19 "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good—except God alone."
Exodus 20:12-16 - 12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. 13 “You shall not murder. 14 “You shall not commit adultery. 15 “You shall not steal. 16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
Deuteronomy 5:16-20 - 16 “Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you. 17 “You shall not murder. 18 “You shall not commit adultery. 19 “You shall not steal. 20 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
This confirms that he is under God Almighty and not equal/equivalent to him and has come to remind - “ I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Matt 15:24
This does not mean that Jesus is not good, he is a chosen one by God, sent to give Gods message, how can he not be good. Otherwise, how can anyone else be Good.
Mark 1:24 24 “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”
Some passages that help to clarify this;
- A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
- The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him (Jesus)-- the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD
- and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears;
Clearly everything will be given to him by God, Gods spirit, wisdom, counsel, power, knowledge and fear of the Lord. Everything is from God and Gods will - "and he will delight in the fear of the LORD".
This IMO clearly proves that Jesus is under GOD Almighty and cannot be equivalent to Him or part of Him, because GOD Almighty has no fear in Him.
Jesus only to provide Gods message, he is not the judge
"He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears;..."
John 5:30 "By myself I can do nothing".... He cannot do anything without God.