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Fighting Pride: Part 1

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Stephen Johns

on 20 May 2017

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Transcript of Fighting Pride: Part 1

Sources and Solutions
to Spiritual Pride
Romans 11:16-22
Fight Spiritual Pride with History,
Faith and Fear,
God’s Character.
16 If the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and if the root is holy, so are the branches. 
17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree,
18 do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you.
19 Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.”
20 That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear.
21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you.
22 Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off.
The Root of Holiness
vs. 16
Lost Jews Pruned
vs. 17-21
Gentiles Grafted In
vs. 17-20
Gentiles can be Pruned
vs. 20-22
We must fight this form of Spiritual Pride by History.

We find our root of holiness in the Jews.
One fruit of Spiritual Pride is Anti-Semitism
Is this loss of salvation?
Romans 8:38-39
“38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Paul has made it clear the Believer cannot lose their salvation.
Paul is discussing people groups.
The concept then would be God turning from a people group as the majority are lost that claim to be saved.
Matt. 7:21-23
1 Jn. 2:19
Heb. 3:12-13
2 Pt. 1:10-12
Romans 11:29
“For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.”
Paul will make it once again clear that if God calls you, elects you, and saves you, that He cannot and will not cast you out.
One fruit of Spiritual Pride is an arrogant confidence that minimizes the terror and horror of sin.
We must fight this form of Spiritual Pride with faith and fear.
Faith: A confidence in Christ
Fear: Awe of God and Hatred of Sin and its Consequences
Signs of Spiritual Pride
“Pride is much more difficult to be discerned than any other corruption because of its very nature. That is, pride is a person having too high an opinion of himself. Is it any surprise, then, that a person who has too high an opinion of himself is unaware of it? His thinking is that he thinks that the opinion he has of himself has just grounds and therefore is not too high.”
- Jonathan Edwards
The Great Fault Finder
Ministering in a Harsh Spirit
Putting on Pretenses
Take Offense Easily
Presumption before God and Man
Hungry for Attention
Neglecting Others
Fighting Spiritual Pride with God's Character
God's Kindness
God's Severity
The Cross
Fight Spiritual Pride with History,
Faith and Fear,
God’s Character.
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