Faith and Pride 6

Habakkuk 2:4 “Behold, as for the proud one, His soul is not right within him; But the righteous will live by his faith.

Isaiah 2:11 The proud look of man will be abased And the loftiness of man will be humbled, And the LORD alone will be exalted in that day. 12 For the LORD of hosts will have a day of reckoning Against everyone who is proud and lofty And against everyone who is lifted up, That he may be abased.

Isaiah 5:15 So the common man will be humbled and the man of importance abased, The eyes of the proud also will be abased.

Isaiah 13:11 Thus I will punish the world for its evil And the wicked for their iniquity; I will also put an end to the arrogance of the proud And abase the haughtiness of the ruthless.

Jer 48:29 “We have heard of the pride of Moab– he is very proud– Of his haughtiness, his pride, his arrogance and his self-exaltation.

Hosea 13:6 As they had their pasture, they became satisfied, And being satisfied, their heart became proud; Therefore they forgot Me.

James 4:6 But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.”

In looking at what Scripture teaches us about pride, we can see that it is something that God opposes and has opposed for at least the history of humanity. It should send shivers down our spines to know that pride is the opposite of faith, and even more that without faith no one can please God. It should make us think and think deeply to realize that the proud person has a soul that is not right with God. It does not matter if people are religious and perhaps deeply religious, without true faith they cannot please God and He opposes them. It does not matter if these people are deeply moral, without true faith they cannot please God and He opposes them. It does not matter if a person gives large amounts of money to the professing church or to professing ministries, without true faith that person cannot please God and He opposes that person.

If we take Isaiah 2:11-12 at face value, which we should, it seems to be shockingly clear what will happen. The proud look of man will be abased. The loftiness of man will be humbled. God will have a day of reckoning against all who are proud, lofty, and lifted up. He will abase them all. Each day a person lives in pride and an unhumbled heart the closer that person is to a day when s/he will be abased and humbled. Each day a person lives in pride, loftiness, and lifted up in his own esteem is a day closer to when s/he will be abased by God. Surely it is obvious that God hates the proud and will humble the proud and abase them at His good pleasure. If that is true, and it is also true that those with faith are pleasing to God, then the deduction cannot be avoided. The proud person does not have true faith and is not right before God.

This should open up a few questions for us and then see the obvious answer. Can a proud person be truly saved? A proud person while proud cannot be saved. Is it possible for a proud heart to work up faith? The proud person cannot work up faith as that “faith” would be the work of pride. Can a proud person humble him or herself so that God will give that person faith? No, a proud person cannot humble self as that would still be the work of pride and self working humility in the soul. The clear conclusion in the matter is that God must humble the soul at His good pleasure and God alone can work faith in the soul. God alone can drive pride out of the soul and bring the life of humility in the soul as that life of humility in the soul is the life of the humble Savior.

The soul of man must be humbled in this life and given faith or it is not possible for that person to be truly saved. The soul of man must be broken from self and humbled into the dust or that soul is not saved from self and pride which God opposes. The soul of man must give up all hope of true faith apart from a deep humility worked in his soul by God who alone can defeat pride in the soul and give the grace of faith. Instead of man seeking to humble himself by the power of pride or seeking faith by the power of pride, man should seek this humility from the hand of God who gives it by grace alone. The only real act of humbling self that man can do is to seek humility from God rather than self. This humbling of the soul and driving our pride is not the work of man, but it is the method of grace in bringing faith and salvation to the soul. One is not truly converted until one is broken from pride which is the heart of unbelief.

 

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