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Biblical Humility

The Bible describes humility as meekness, lowliness and absence of self. The Greek word translated “humility” in Colossians 3:12 and elsewhere literally means “lowliness of mind,” so we see that humility is a heart attitude, not merely an outward demeanor. One may put on an outward show of humility but... Read more →

Who Was Saul (Paul)?

Saul was born in Tarsus around AD 1-5 in the southeastern corner of modern day Tersous, Turkey. He was of Benjamite lineage and Hebrew ancestry. His parents were Pharisees—fervent Jewish nationalists who adhered strictly to the Law of Moses—who sought to protect their children from “contamination” of the Gentiles. Anything... Read more →

Wrapped in Humility

“Christ Jesus … made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:5-7). In eternity, the Father, the Son, and the Spirit shared coequally in all God is. The Son who was about to become incarnate... Read more →

The Chief of Sinners

“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief” (1 Timothy 1:15). What made Saul of Tarsus the chief of sinners? Was he immoral or lawless, a wicked man who was an outcast from... Read more →

Not Mine

In the Gospel of John, our Lord Jesus speaks frequently of His relation to the Father, of the motives by which He is guided, and of His consciousness of the power and spirit in which He acts. Though the word humble does not occur in these Scriptures, we can clearly... Read more →

What Wilt Thou Have Me to Do?

“And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?” (Acts 9:6). Never was there a man who up to that moment felt less need of asking such a question. Never was there a man whose path was plainer before him. Never a man more sure... Read more →

He Must Increase

“He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). In a “Peanuts” cartoon, Linus tells Charlie Brown, “When I get big, I’m going to be a humble little country doctor. I’ll live in the city, and every morning I’ll get up, climb into my sports car, and zoom into the... Read more →

A New Man

“If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). What wonderful contrasts there are between the character of Saul of Tarsus and that of Paul the Apostle. He is the same man, and yet... Read more →

Pride and Humility

“Pride is your greatest enemy, humility is your greatest friend.” So said John Stott, whose succinct statement goes straight to the heart of what the Bible teaches about the deadly root of our sins and sorrows. Pride Pride can be summarized as an attitude of self-sufficiency, self-importance, and self-exaltation in... Read more →

Come Help Us

“A vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia … saying, Come … help us” (Acts 16:9). The events recorded in the sixteenth chapter of Acts have a particular interest for us, because this was the first time the Gospel got into Europe. The Apostle... Read more →

God Resists the Proud

“All of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5). We need a new realization of our Savior’s humility. Without it we are in trouble, for God “resisteth the proud.” “Resisteth” embodies the... Read more →

I Am Ready

I think Paul might have used these words as his motto. All through his life, whatever happened to him, he was always ready. If he had to speak to crowds in the street, he had the fitting word; if to the elite upon Mars’ hill, he was ready for the... Read more →

Our Example

“If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you” (John 13:14-15). On the way to the Last Supper, the ambitious disciples had been... Read more →

Paul’s “Faithful Sayings”

The Savior of Sinners “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” —1 Timothy 1:15 The Blessing of Faithfulness “It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with Him, we shall... Read more →

True Greatness

“Whosoever will be great among you, shall be … servant of all” (Mark 10:43-44). If you’re a parent, I ask you to consider carefully your influence on your children and your responsibility for them. What are your ambitions for them? Do your ambitions for your son or daughter include a... Read more →

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