Sunday Shorts “Pride”
What is pride in Christianity?
Pride alienates from God. Whether consciously or not the proud are estranged from God.
Pride is self-devotion, self-justification, and self-glorifying in contempt of God.
This contempt may give rise to open revolt, but not always. It is usually expressed as “aversion” of God.
We are all inflicted with pride; we were taught at a young age to be proud of ourselves, and to do things that make people proud of us, like our parents, loved ones, peers --and thanks to social media even people we do not know. And it just dawned on me how the devil is at work again, by creating such a freeform tool to boost our pride in a world-wide platform to boast about everything, to everyone. Something to think about, next time you post that next selfie or whatever it may be.
So how do we humble ourselves in such a prideful world.
First, we must realize how we were saved. What God did was designed to humble us and destroy pride.
The Old Testament was written to show the power of sin and hopelessness of everyone. And without the grace of God, we are indeed hopeless.
19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become [a]guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
We are completely helpless to free ourselves from the blindness and the bondage of sin.
We cannot bring ourselves to life from death. Romans 8:5-7, 1 Corinthians 2:14, 2 Corinthians 4:4
So, what kills pride?
God appointed faith as the only way of salvation. The way of faith excludes pride. This happens in 2 ways. First, Faith by nature, looks away from ourselves to God, and secondly, Faith itself is a gift of God.
27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith.
You are not trusting God when you are boasting, and you are not boasting when you are trusting God.
Faith is a gift. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing, it is a gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” Ephesians 2:8-9
And 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 is probably the clearest text in the Bible about the relationship between election and humility, or election and the destruction of pride.
1 Corinthians 1:26-29
26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy[a] when God called you. 27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world,[b] things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. 29 As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.
Pride is slain by election, free, sovereign, God-willed election, not man-determined election. God chose. God chose so that no human being might boast. Then Paul continues like this in verses 30-31
1 Corinthians 1:30-31
30 God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin. 31 Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.”[a]
So, the entire message of saving us is designed for this: negatively, that no human being might boast in the presence of the Lord; positively, so that the one who boasts would boast in the Lord.
We are saved in such a way that it makes God’s sovereign grace shine as glorious and makes us look completely helpless in ourselves, completely dependent on God. We were dead, blind, and helpless, which means that we were no more worthy of salvation than anyone else. You are like everybody that you will boast over, or worse than them, except for one thing. Grace.
All self-exaltation is a re-crucifixion of Christ because he died to kill pride. Every boast, therefore, mocks the suffering of Jesus. And I end on this: every humble attitude, every humble act of faith, glorifies the grace of God in Christ.
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