Saturday, October 20, 2007

THE ONLY REMEDY FOR PRIDE



“And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:8)

Not only is the life and death of our Lord Jesus Christ a standing rebuke to every form of pride to which we are liable as sinners, but, it is also the only remedy! It took nothing more or less than the Lord Jesus Christ humbling Himself and becoming obedient unto death, for God to put away every liability and guilt that our pride has justly merited. No other remedy will do.

Someone has categorized the different types of pride as: Pride of face, pride of race, pride of place, pride of pace, and yes, even a pride of grace. Nevertheless, pride is pride, and is the cause of many a fall, particularly among those who think that they have attained a supposed level of personal holiness and sanctification, and therefore have somehow gained victory over sin. The Bible says simply, ‘If a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.’ Galatians 6:3

How does the humility of our Lord stand in contrast to the pride of sinners?


Consider the following ways that someone has outlined:

—Pride of birth and rank - ‘Is not this the carpenter’s son?’ Matthew 13:55

—Pride of respectability - 'Can anything good come out of Nazareth?' John 1:46

—Pride of personal appearance - ‘He hath no form nor comeliness,’ Isaiah 53:2

—Pride of reputation - ‘A friend of publicans and sinners,’ Luke 7:34

—Pride of learning - 'How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?' John 7:15

—Pride of superiority - ‘I am among you as he that serveth,’ Luke 22:27

—Pride of success - ‘He is despised and rejected of men,’ Isaiah 53:3

—Pride of self-will - ‘I seek not mine own will, but the will of Him that sent me,’ John 5:30

—Pride of intellect - ‘As my Father hath taught me, I speak,’ John 8:28

How we need to be humbled at Christ’s feet, and learn of HIM, by God’s grace, Matthew 11:28!


By Ken Wimer

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