WHY DO YOU CALL ME GOOD?
BY: E. M. ‘ED’ DUPAS
JANUARY 6, 2006
In a dream some time ago I received a valuable insight and a clearer sense of priority for teaching. In this dream I was walking behind my mother, (who has been deceased for many years), trying to catching up to her. Apparently something had been said by one of us, about someone being good. You know how it is with recalling dreams…
When I caught up to her, I put my hand on her shoulder and gently turned her around to face me. I said “Mom, look at me,” and when her gaze met mine I continued, “How I want you to see that you can’t say you are truly good, until everyone else is good.” I was hungering for her to see that.
That is all I recall. Upon awakening, I began to reflect on the dream, wondering why I said that to her. It seemed to make no sense. Suddenly I found a deeper understanding of at least two of Jesus’ comments:
1) “And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.” (Mark 10:18) (NASB)
2) “The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee. And he said unto them, ‘Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures today and tomorrow, AND THE THIRD DAY I SHALL BE PERFECTED. Nevertheless I must walk today, and tomorrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.’” (Luke 13:31-33) (KJV, emphasis added)
The deeper understanding I received was a greater revelation of the Body of Christ. It has become clearer and clearer that in the Father’s eyes, Jesus was the FIRST BEGOTTEN of many sons – the Family of God – the glorified Head of the Body of Christ. When Jesus said no one is good except the Father, he was acknowledging his part (the head) of the as yet imperfect Body of Christ. In fact, nothing on earth is perfect, no matter how esteemed or pure it seems to be. Thus, Jesus could say to the Pharisees that he would be perfected on the third day hence. The word translated “perfected” in the KJV is the Greek word ‘teleioo.’ Strong’s concordance renders this as follows:
5048. teleioo, tel-i-o’-o; from G5046; to complete, i.e. (lit.) accomplish, or (fig.) consummate (in character):–consecrate, finish, fulfil, (make) perfect.
Although other bible versions seem to show that Jesus was talking about reaching a goal or finishing an assigned work, it is more reasonable to say that Jesus was talking not specifically about his task, but about himself. The way to understand this in a wider context is twofold – natural (man’s view) and supernatural (God’s view):
NATURAL: Jesus’ earthly body would be put to death the “day after tomorrow,” as it were, thus releasing him from this imperfect sphere and restoring him with even greater glory than before, with the Father. The only perfect existence (or ‘good’ according to Jesus in Mark 10:18) is that of his Father. I do not intend to demean in any way the greatness of Jesus as men go, but the fact that he could be “…One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin” (Heb. 4:15 NASB) reveals that there was not only a nature or knowledge in Jesus that responded to the idea of sin, but also the power to overcome that idea every time.
SUPERNATURAL: Jesus’ heavenly body – the Body of Christ, of which he was and is the Head, would be perfected on the third day hence. Here we must turn to the prophetic types of scripture for understanding. Recall that said:
“But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” (2 Peter 3:8)
Peter understood the language of scripture very well, having learned from the Master, and informs us of a great truth – that there are times in God’s word that He speaks of a day when he means a thousand years, and vice versa. Recall that when the Jews were delivered from Egypt, God instructed Moses to begin counting their days as a nation. (Ex. 12:1-2) In other words, there was a completely new deal; the physical Israel was a brand new nation when they came out of slavery to Egypt. Please notice that this deliverance out of Egypt was a foreshadowing of the deliverance of mankind from the bondage of sin by way of the cross. With this in mind, it is very natural and reasonable to begin counting our days as a new nation (spiritual Israel – the called-out church) after we came out of our “Egypt,” that is, our slavery to sin – at Calvary. We should at least consider testing this idea – whether we can refer to the 1,000-year periods of time since Calvary as days. If there are such opportunities, the Spirit of God ought to reveal them to our minds, we have but to open our hearts and ask Him.
“For I will be like a lion to Ephraim, And like a young lion to the house of Judah. I, even I, will tear to pieces and go away, I will carry away, and there will be none to deliver. I will go away and return to My place Until they acknowledge their guilt and seek My face; In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me. Come, let us return to the LORD. For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us. HE WILL REVIVE US AFTER TWO DAYS; HE WILL RAISE US UP ON THE THIRD DAY THAT WE MAY LIVE BEFORE HIM. So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; And He will come to us like the rain, Like the spring rain watering the earth.” (Hosea 5:14-6:3) (NASB, emphasis added)
These references seem impossible to understand within Old Testament history or activity, but would fit nicely into an understanding that the new Israel began its first day after Calvary, and after two days (2000 years), the Lord will heal his people, on the third day, i.e., the “millennium.” After all, did not both Ezekiel and John write that the tree of life in the new Jerusalem would be for the healing of the nations?
I do not plan to undertake more proof at this time, for there is no proof to the rational mind, only to the open heart. However, let me suggest several examples from scripture that seem to support this idea: Before I embark on this, however, let us agree that there are hidden things that God would like some of us (the mature) to know. This is revealed by the Apostle Paul to the Corinthians:
“And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. YET WE DO SPEAK WISDOM AMONG THOSE WHO ARE MATURE; A WISDOM, HOWEVER, NOT OF THIS AGE, NOR OF THE RULERS OF THIS AGE, WHO ARE PASSING AWAY; BUT WE SPEAK GOD’S WISDOM IN A MYSTERY, THE HIDDEN WISDOM, WHICH GOD PREDESTINED BEFORE THE AGES TO OUR GLORY;” (1 Cor. 2:1-7) (NASB, emphasis added)
“…Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of instruction about washings, and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And this we shall do, if God permits. For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come,…” (Heb. 6:1-5) (NASB)
“For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” (Matt. 12:40) (KJV)
NATURAL: Jesus himself said that Jonas was a type (sign) of Jesus spending his days and nights in the tomb.
SUPERNATURAL: Jesus (the Christ) would be in the earth (mankind) for three days and three nights (three millennia). He promised to be with man even to the “close of the age.”
“We heard Him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands.’” (Mark 14:58) (NASB)
NATURAL: Jesus was saying he would destroy his body (temple made with “hands”, meaning natural flesh). He said he had power to lay down his life and to take it up again, which he did, after three days.
SUPERNATURAL: Jesus was saying that he would lay down his temple (body) and in three millennia would raise up another body (the many-membered Body of Christ, with him as the head).
“But a certain Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, and came to him, and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return, I will repay you.’” (Luke 10:33-35) (NASB)
NATURAL: The Samaritan, after tending to the man’s wounds, paid the innkeeper two denarii to cover the cost of caring for the wounded man, and promised to pay the rest when he returned some time in the future… to be a good neighbor, we are to do likewise to those in need.
SUPERNATURAL: The Samaritan represents Jesus (an outsider in that he was not born in the normal way). The wounded man represents mankind, afflicted by thieves (devils). A denarius represent one day’s wages. This suggests that after Jesus healed our wounds, applying wine (his blood) and oil (Holy Spirit), he paid enough to cover 2 days or 2,000 years of care and healing of mankind. When he returns he will (on the 3rd day) repay all that was done. In this scenario, the innkeeper may be the Church.
“And on the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; and Jesus also was invited, and His disciples, to the wedding.” (John 2:1-2) (NASB)
NATURAL: Jesus accompanied his mother to a wedding on the third day after he began his ministry. He met the need of the host by creating wine from water. This is where Jesus first began to minister in power.
SUPERNATURAL: On the 3rd day (i.e., the third millennium of the church) the marriage feast of the Lamb takes place. The six jars (used for the Jewish custom of purification) may represent 6,000 years of mankind trying to cleanse themselves. Changing the water to wine symbolizes a transformation which will occur on the 3rd day, at the marriage feast of the Lamb. It seems that just as Jesus used the water (symbolizing man’s work to cleanse himself) as the raw material for the wine, God will somehow use the efforts of man, which fall short, as the raw material for the new wine. This is more of a question than an insight.
“So when the Samaritans came to Him, they were asking Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.” (John 4:40) (NASB)
NATURAL: Jesus stayed for two days with the non-Jews, after which he headed back toward Jerusalem.
SUPERNATURAL: Jesus, by the Holy Spirit, dwelled with the gentiles for two days, or two thousand years, before returning to Jerusalem (the church-his bride). During that time the church was established and grew among the non-Jews.
“And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.” (Mark 10:18) (NASB)
NATURAL: Jesus is making it clear that as long as one is in the flesh on earth, complete goodness is not possible. This is borne out by the statement “He learned obedience through the things he suffered.” (Heb. 5:8) Jesus is pointing out that the Father is the only completely good one.
SUPERNATURAL: Jesus had a complete revelation of the Body of Christ – the oneness of all believers in Christ, with him as the head. Heb. 10:5, which reads “Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says, ‘SACRIFICE AND OFFERING THOU HAST NOT DESIRED, BUT A BODY THOU HAST PREPARED FOR ME’;” has generally been understood to refer to Jesus, born of Mary, and it surely does. However, on a deeper and greater level, it can be seen to be the corporate body of Christ which the Father prepared for his son(s). This whole body could not be called good until every part of it is completely good. Looking at this from another perspective, no member of the body can be completely good as long as there remains another member who is not good, so inextricably linked are they.
I believe that this is the reason my dream occurred – to help me understand that as an intercessor, my constant work and calling is to help the “bride” to make herself ready, without spot or blemish. This bride IS the corporate Body of Christ, and the Father’s will is that all his children are made pure, without spot
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