Rebellious Pride; Righteous Pride

I want to greet you on this Lord’s Day in the name of our Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The great theologian Jonathan Edwards once observed that pride in the heart was like an onion. As you peel back one layer of it, another layer lies underneath. There are two forms of pride that we must guard against on this Lord’s Day as God gathers us together.

The first is rebellious pride. This pride looks at the glory and beauty and splendor and majesty of creation and ignores the Triune God who created it, sustains it, directs its every movement, and is in the process of redeeming it. These people do not see the need to come to the table of the King and refuse to humble themselves under His authority as king.

The second is righteous pride. This pride sees its obligation under God then strives to be everything the rebellious person is not. The standard of righteousness is the sinner beside them not the Holy God above them. They think they can come to the King’s table dressed a little better than the next guy.

Neither person truly ends up at the table in the end.  The first guy never shows up and the second one shows up dressed in the wrong clothes and gets kicked out.  “But it is by grace you have been saved through faith—and this not of yourselves—it is the gift of God that no man may boast.”  We do not come to Christ because we want to or because we deserve to. We come to Christ today and sit around His table and enjoy His blessing because He has conquered our selfish hearts and clothed us with His righteousness.

Let us worship the Triune God who gives us a song to sing to someone other than and greater than ourselves. It is the song of the Sovereign Lamb. AMEN

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