And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. (Mark 10:17-18 KJV)
God is the one and only source or pattern of absolute divine goodness. Using the word good or the idea of goodness lightly, directing it away from the holiness of God and aiming it towards mankind, who is far from being naturally good, is to use it in a way that drains the spiritual oomph or supernatural power flow from it being rightly associated with godliness and rather redirecting to describe mankind who is dark and deprived and full of sin from his natural state from birth.
These scripture verses rightly express the very holy nature of God, including His goodness, not entangling His nature together with the natural darkened state of mankind. Both the nature of man and God cannot be equally good. The goodness of God equates to His deity or Godhead. Goodness inside of man is only present in conjunction with the indwelling existence of the Holy Spirit of God living inside his softened heart rather than man’s natural state of birth with a heart filled with darkness and sin.
God is good all the time; not just when He feels like it, or as a situation calls for His goodness, or when it seems mankind “deserves” His goodness. God is always good as there is no other essence dwelling inside of Him otherwise. Mankind tries or attempts to “be good” but cannot achieve any lasting goodness within his own limited power because his spiritual darkness and human weakness will not allow him to attain anything close to the righteousness, holiness, and goodness of God. Man exists at the opposite end of the spiritual spectrum or curve of the goodness, perfection and holy essence of God.
God’s goodness towards mankind is spiritually universal, reaching out to touch all in some way or fashion; whether they be naturally dark or given a new spirit of God chocked full of His light operating in their heart. Yes, regenerate and unregenerate men both benefit from the good nature of God. However, those who choose to live through faith according to God’s will for their life derive spiritual goodness and righteousness of God alive and living inside of them supernaturally through means of a personal relationship with Him. Their quickened alive spiritual heart benefits wholly from God’s conditional promises and blessings, which are reserved to be bestowed upon His saints through their carrying out, or putting into action, genuine heartfelt obedience and bringing about a harvest of spiritual fruit.
God is inheritably good in and of Himself never reliant upon any other thing or person to impart His goodness. His goodness springs forth from within His own self and cannot be manufactured or artificially produced by any works of mankind, through false belief systems, or any human striving or effort. Mankind can and does good and moral things in this world but they have no basis or foundation operating within the righteousness and holiness of God. Mankind is limited in the scope and reach of his own works but works operating and enhanced through the supernatural power of God have no limit to their strength and reach in this world. What man cannot do on his own strength is attainable and easily surpassed in the power of God.
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, (Ephesians 3:20 KJV)
Never lose sight of the truth that regenerated mankind, operating through the power of God, brings about possibilities and potential in what seems like impossible situations as God willingly bestows His goodness, grace, and mercy in abundant proportion to a myriad of difficult circumstances found by mankind upon this earth.
The earth itself is full of the goodness of the LORD. God pronounced His creation good as He put the finishing touches on His miraculous forming and filling this earth. God cannot make anything that is imperfect, flawed or marred in His natural perfection it would be impossible for Him to be associated with the creation of anything that is deficient or lacking in any way. God miraculously created this earth in all its brilliance through His speaking and the working of His hands. It was the sin of mankind, through Adam, that ushered in darkness and death from sin tainting the awesome creation of God.
He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD. (Psalm 33:5 KJV)
The earth is abundantly filled or displays the great richness of the goodness of God despite now having the dark presence of sin. Sometimes when mankind makes a quick scan in his immediate surroundings all he can see in his finite vision is the very apparent sin and darkness which run rampant in this world. While it is true that there is much wickedness going on, and it is easy to find yourself spiritually stuck seeing only darkness, however God is light and His light will always penetrate straight through any darkness meant by the god of this world to cast shadows upon the goodness of God. God’s light will always shine brighter than any shadow attempting to mute or cover His rich goodness and grace from flowing freely in this world. God’s grace and goodness is never limited by anything or person in this world.
God’s glory has always existed but mankind does not have a natural born interest in seeing His glory shine in this world or possessing it for himself. Mankind is born with a selfish interest in uplifting his own glory being born naturally spiritually darkened, selfish, and filled with pride. Mankind is sitting at the opposing end of the spiritual spectrum in utter darkness while the goodness of God is naturally illuminating, magnificent, and glorious shining forth bringing about glory and honor to God. The glorious and powerful light of God’s goodness shining forth is supernaturally powerful, even harmful, to those who enjoy living dead in their sin loving the comfort of darkness which they have chosen to surround themselves with.
If man were to look upon the full glory of God from their own human vision it would be a fatal illumination. All mankind needs to do is peer upward into the sun in the middle of a hot day to get an understanding of a portion of the power available if they could peer directly at God with all His glorious goodness emanating from Him.
Moses experienced God’s goodness up close and personal:
And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen. (Exodus 33:18-23 KJV)
Moses besought or begged God to show Him His glory, pleading to see even just a glimpse. Moses by his great heartfelt desire for fellowship and intimacy for God was indeed showered with the goodness and mercy of God in a small portion that was not harmful or fatally wounding bright. Moses was able to view a portion of the richness of God from His backside as he peered out from a crevice of rock which God provided to shield him from complete exposure to His goodness.
Moses was truly amazed as God passed Him by and He proclaimed:
And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, (Exodus 34:6 KJV)
When the goodness and glory of God passes by you what do you see in your vision and what does God proclaim? Do others see and hear the goodness of God at work both inwardly and outwardly in your own life? If man has the fruit of God’s Spirit taking residence inside his heart then the magnificent glory of God should be resonating out from within the depths of his softened heart condition like a powerful beacon. God’s people should display the glory and goodness of God living inside their quickened and soft heart rather than emitting any darkness of this world. This beacon honoring and glorifying God should always resonate out of the quickened man’s tender heart.
God promises His precious goodness to His own saints and God always makes good on His promises. Mankind will promise something to you or for you in one breath and let you down briskly in the next breath, but not God. He always delivers on His promises according to His perfect way and timing.
And now, O Lord GOD, thou art that God, and thy words be true, and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant: (2 Samuel 7:28 KJV)
God is good and true to all mankind because He cannot exist against or in enmity to His own nature. He promises His goodness to anyone who chooses freely to serve Him. Those who choose not to serve Him rather serving the god of this world, often benefit in some way from God’s goodness but it is not His best nor is it promised to them. Those who are saints and servants of God, through faith, are given many rich and exclusive promises of His blessings and grace which are hinged upon their genuine repentance and heartfelt obedience to the will of God for their life. God always delivers as promised. Some of His blessings are received while man sojourns upon this earth and many more blessings for His saints are waiting to come in the heavenly realm as man worships and adores Him forevermore.
Often people use their limited vision of this world to see a small or minute portion of the richness of God. His goodness cannot be confined or pressed into any limits or borders found in this world. God’s richness has an eternal value which cannot ever be fully comprehended in this world. Often the things that stand out to the natural eyes of man to represent the goodness and blessing of God in this world are eternally irrelevant or inconsequential in the heavenly realm. Material things which seem and feel good to man in this world will melt away, not remaining like godly things of an eternal nature which will last forever. God’s goodness breaks the barriers of this world and cannot even be imagined or perceived from our viewpoint on this earth. His eternal richness fill the heavenly realm to overflowing lasting forever. God’s goodness springs forth from an eternal nature rather than from a combustible or corroded nature of the god of this world.
Mankind only needs to spend some time contemplating upon the brief moments God allowed the Apostle John to spend eyeing the richness of the heavenly realm. John, inspired of God, could not even come up with fitting words to relate or describe such wonder and beauty he personally set his eyes upon for a short time in the eternal realm.
Those times that you become discouraged, dismayed, or downcast about circumstances and what seems like missed or misplaced opportunities in this world we must remember that God has saved the best of His natural goodness for His own spiritual family in the eternal realm yet to come. The best is definitely yet to come!
King David understood the nature of the promises of God and rested in an eternal covenant God had made with him. God has made an eternal promise with His own spiritual family and we can all find rest and comfort placing our faith in God today through the finished work of His son Jesus Christ. God has promised us His best. Yes, there will be rich blessings, even more abundantly, to be found in the eternal realm.
Now, my God, let, I beseech thee, thine eyes be open, and let thine ears be attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. Now therefore arise, O LORD God, into thy resting place, thou, and the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness. O LORD God, turn not away the face of thine anointed: remember the mercies of David thy servant. (2 Chronicles 6:40-42 KJV)
Even in the middle of the stormy seasons and spiritual deserts of life on this earth God’s goodness always shines through, providing His own saints with spiritual shelter, the cleft of a rock as God provides a piece of heaven on earth. God always has a resting place available in the comfort of His strong arm.
King Solomon certainly understood this when he prayed earnestly to God for His spiritual presence in the holy of holies and among His priests and saints. Those who are in authority over you today, the shepherd or preacher in your local church, certainly pray for God’s presence and goodness to be apparent in your life. They desire that your relationship with God collectively, among other brothers and sisters in the church, and in your personal fellowship with Him is honorable and spiritually intimate with God.
Today, unlike in the times of the Old Testament prior to Pentecost, the Holy Spirit of God could come and go from a man’s presence according to the will of God. Today we enjoy the lasting presence of His godly Spirit dwelling within our heart from the moment of our salvation lasting for all eternity. God’s rich goodness and grace in these last days is an eternal presence living inside of our heart. God never turns His face away from His own spiritual family, nor can His saint be removed from the presence of God by any spiritual force or power. Nothing can ever overrule the presence of His supernatural existence which is forever alive in the regenerated man’s heart bringing about His goodness, spiritual presence, and peace forever.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. (Psalm 23:4-6 KJV)
David certainly understood having the power, presence, and wholesome goodness of God who stood beside David in all circumstances of life upon this earth and forever in the eternal realm.
Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments. (Habakkuk 3:17-19 KJV
Even in times of impending judgement of God, like the judgement and impending destruction of God to hammer down upon our nation is just around the corner, we also know that God’s goodness and mercy will always endure for His own saints.
David, the man after God’s own heart, faced dry spiritual times in his life where the judgement of God came to rest upon his own life for wrong choices and decisions David had made in the flesh rather than following after the spirit of God. Even so, even in times of valleys and spiritual tumult the goodness and joy of salvation rings through hard times.
God always gives His own spiritual soldiers a place to walk along the narrow way even when facing tough seasons of their life. The supernatural power and providence of God is powerful, giving the regenerate man just what he needs to sojourn in this world. God is always greater than the forces of evil and darkness operating in this world who try to obscure and strip from mankind anything originating from the good graces of God but we know that “greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.…”
Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find? (Proverbs 20:6 KJV)
This verse rings so true, both in ancient Old Testament times, and for the spiritual climate we face today. There are many who desire to sing of their own perceived power and goodness. God calls it a pride problem. The natural man sees himself as good and many think of themselves as living in alignment with things of God rather than seeing his own personal corruption and seeing a desperate personal need for the righteousness and salvation of God.
Men who proclaim their own goodness are everywhere but finding a man who proclaims God and places faith in Him is becoming harder and harder to find. Just like the spiritual temperature flourishing in the times of Noah when God was searching for just men and could not find any. Or like the days of Sodom and Gomorrah where evil was flourishing and men of faith were few. Today we have a time of increasing ungodliness and darkness as good spiritual influences are tepid cooling off as mankind increases his distance from the essence of God and putting on the corruption and stink from the agenda of the god of this world rather than being enveloped in His heavenly garment wearing His eternal goodness and grace .
This is a striking question. The scripture verse above asks: but a faithful man who can find?
This is a pertinent inquiry probing into the spiritual lives of mankind today according to the sharpness and dissecting power of His Truth (Hebrews 4:12) and this sharp question should certainly be asked of men in this new Testament Age of Grace. There are many who are busy about professing their own sense of goodness; but few who have been spiritually sliced, diced, and filleted having the darkness of the god of this world removed from within their heart and the goodness and grace of God poured into his thirsty soul.
Where are those who are willing to extol the goodness and grace of God from their regenerated spiritually alive heart producing fruit of God rather than rottenness of the god of this world?
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, (Galatians 5:22 KJV)
(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) (Ephesians 5:9 KJV)
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