Pristine Grace

Pride
by Jim Byrd
Pride
  1. Pride is an ancient sin.  It was pride that destroyed Lucifer.  He sought to sit upon the throne of God and rule the universe.  He could not bear the thought that human nature, in the person of the Son of God, should be exalted above himself.  It was also pride that cut down our parents in the garden when Adam set himself above the command of God to abstain from eating the forbidden fruit (read Genesis 2:16-17).  He and Eve were ambitious to be gods.
     
  2. Pride is a universal disease.  It is the common malady of all Adam’s race to think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think.  Pride is self-righteousness which is directly opposed to the righteousness of Jesus Christ.  Pride is, quite simply, the worship and exaltation of self.  What a hideous, odious, and baseless thing it is.
     
  3. Pride keeps men from seeking the Lord.  “The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts” (Psalm 10:4). 
     
  4. Pride is a divisive sin.  “Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom” (Proverbs 13:10).  “He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat” (Proverbs 28:25).
     
  5. Pride is obnoxious to the Lord.  “Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished” (Proverbs 16:5).  “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto Him:   a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren” (Proverbs 6:16-18).
     
  6. Pride keeps men from coming to Christ.  It blinds a man to his own neediness before God and prevents him from seeing the necessity of being washed in the blood of Christ and robed in His perfect righteousness.  Arrogance was the root problem of Paul’s brethren according to the flesh (read Romans 10:3-4).  Pride prevented them from seeing that no sinner can be accepted by a holy God upon the basis of their own goodness because “all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6).  They would not submit to be saved by the person and merits of Christ.  “There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up”(Proverbs 30:13).
     
  7. Pride, if not broken, will bring everlasting condemnation.  “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18).  “And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible” (Isaiah 13:11).  “The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.  For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low” (Isaiah 2:11-12).  “Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD” (Obadiah 1:4).