Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
06/10/2014, by John Kincaid
Lesson 263: Death of Pride
We often compare ourselves with others: “At least I’m not that bad.” But this game of ranking our goodness against our neighbor’s sin counts for nothing.
Our works can’t buy us reconciliation with God. Recognizing this fact is the death of pride.
This truth has the potential to revolutionize the church. In heaven, no one is entitled to “box seats” or season tickets or free parking.
We are all one in Christ Jesus. Gal.3:28
The other side of the coin: no one in God’s family is second class. No one is better than another.
Each church member has mutual value to the other members. 1 Cor.12:4-27; Eph.4:1-16
1 Cor.12:6-7,18,21 there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good… God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose… The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”
As we cherish our value to one another, our relationships can relax and grow stronger. We can stop pointing out the failings of others to prove our value to God.
About This Series
The goal of this series is to become more useful in serving the Lord Jesus Christ, as an instrument in the Redeemer's hand. The theme verses for the series are Ephesians 4:22-24, Philemon 11, 2 Timothy 2:21
- to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
- and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
- Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.
- Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.