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March 19, 2014


It seems to me that you have a more direct line to a claim of Deity by noting that Jesus points out that only God is good. Thus if Jesus is the Good Teacher, He is God.

But does Jesus accept the title, of "Good Teacher" given to Him by the rich young ruler?

I think He does. This is because He presumes to teach the RYR about the Good...something that only someone good (and there is only one...God) would be qualified to do. He doesn't just tell the RYR to follow the commandments (which the RYR dishonestly claims to have done) He gives Him other commandments...sell your possessions. He amplifies God's Law. Only God can do that.

In Mark 1:21, 22 we see this:

They went into Capernaum; and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and began to teach. They were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
This is another example of Jesus presuming to speak for God...of appropriating the title of the Good Teacher. When Mark says that Jesus was teaching as one having authority, he didn't just mean the Jesus were just really confident and self-assured while the scribes were all insecure and mealy-mouthed. That's kind of the way we read it today. But what Mark was saying was that Jesus spoke as if His words were on the same par as Scripture. They were amazed that He was acting as if He were God.

WL, I agree there are more claims like the ones you mention above, but this was a claim I haven't heard anyone discuss before, so I thought it was worth pointing out.

Amy, I don't know whether Jesus intentionally left out the greatest commandment because following him was equivalent to the greatest commandment and that's the one thing the ruler lacked, but that is a very interest observation I never noticed and its worth thinking about.


So your contention is that Christ is equating the following of Him, Christ, with loving the Lord your God (which is as close as you can come in Greek to "YHWH-God").

I suppose a skeptic might argue Christ could be saying that you show love to God by following His Anointed One. But that Christ did not thereby declare Himself to be God.

That's a possibility, of course. I probably wouldn't use this alone to prove anything, but like Sam, I thought it was worth thinking about and was interested to hear what other people thought. To have love God and love your neighbor together there (give to the poor and follow Me), and then to have Jesus push the scribe who wanted to love God over all into recognizing the divinity of the Messiah...well, I thought that was interesting!

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