June 8th 2010

Value Christ Higher Than Self

“And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.”
Matthew 28:9 (KJV)

Most religions of the world teach an abasement of self, but they do it as penitence in order to obtain salvation. This is not the denying of self that the Bible advocates.

True self-denial as the scriptures promote is not hatred of self, but rather an enthroning of Christ above self. We have a new identity in Christ that replaces the old self. We don’t deny self in order to obtain salvation, but it is a love response to what Christ has already done for us. He gave His all for us and we willingly give our all back to Him.

Denying self in an attempt to earn salvation is nearly always motivated by guilt and characterised by rigid rules as Paul describes in Romans 8:1-4. True Christianity, on the other hand, is not just the observance of rituals, but a relationship that produces holiness as the fruit, and not the root, of salvation.

Holiness doesn’t come from the outside working its way inside. When we are born again we become righteous, and that holiness works its way out to show in our physical lives.

Trying to destroy the power of self through harsh laws actually arouses and strengthens sin. Christians must not let life become a set of rules, but rather a response to a loving relationship with Jesus Christ.

Father, please help us to build a loving relationship with Jesus Christ so that we will be able to love others with
His love.

Study by Allan Frankcom 

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