And Jesus said unto him…
The same as in Mt. 19:17,
(See Gill on 19:17).
Why callest thou me good?
This is said, not as denying that he was
good, or as being angry with him for calling him so, but in order to
lead this young man to a true knowledge of him, and his goodness,
and even of his proper deity:
there is none good, but one, [that is], God;
some render it, "but
one God", as the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Arabic versions; and so
the words are a proof of the unity of the divine being, and agree
with (Deuteronomy 6:4) , but are not to be understood to the exclusion of the
Son and Spirit, who, with the Father, are the one God: nor do these
words at all militate against the deity of Christ, or prove that he
is not God, as the Jew objects F1; seeing this is not to be
understood of the person of the Father, in opposition to the Son and
Spirit, who are equally good: nor does Christ, in these words, deny
himself to be God, but rather tacitly suggests it; since he is good
in the same sense in which God is good: in Matthew it is added, "but
if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments", (Matthew 19:17) :
this Christ said not as his sense, that the way to eternal life lies
in keeping the commandments of the law; but he speaks in the
language of the Pharisees, and of this man; and his view is, to
bring him to a sense of the impossibility of obtaining eternal life
by these things, as the sequel shows: wherefore the above Jew F2
has no reason to confront the followers of Jesus with this passage,
as if it was a concession of his, that it is impossible any should
be saved without keeping the commands of the law of Moses.
F1 R. Isaac Chizzuk Emuna, par. 2. c. 19. p. 408.