A Few Good Men


Posted by Matt Postiff September 17, 2018 on Matt Postiff's Blog under Theology  Bible Texts 

In certain circles of Christianity, we are often reminded that "there is none good, no not one."

And that is true, by God's perfect standard of Good. But in fact there are people whom God has deemed to call good because His salvation has made them good.

There is Barnabas, who "was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith" (Acts 11:24).

"There was a man named Joseph, a council member, a good and just man" (Lk. 23:50).

There is a class of good men of whom Jesus spoke: "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things" (Matt. 12:35).

This is like the passage that says, "a good man obtains favor from the LORD" (Prov. 12:2) and "a good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children"(Prov. 13:22; see also 14:14).

There is Job, who "was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil." (Job 1:1).

Yet another was Cornelius. Others reported of him that "he is a righteous and God-fearing man, who is respected by all the Jewish people" (Acts 10:22).

Another was "Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good testimony with all the Jews who dwelt there" (Acts 22:12).

Abraham was called "God's friend" (James 2:23), and we cannot imagine God having a "friend" who is bad!

David was a man after God's own heart (Acts 13:22).

Zacharias and Elizabeth "were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless" (Luke 1:6).

So, there are no good people in one sense. But there are a few good people in another sense. May God multiply that tribe.

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