Room for Boasting
said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and
I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for mine eyes have seen
the King, the Lord of hosts. Isa. 6:5.
Those who experience the sanctification of the Bible will manifest a spirit
of humility. Like Moses, they have had a view of the awful majesty of holiness,
and they see their own unworthiness in contrast with the purity and exalted
perfection of the Infinite One.
Daniel was an example of true sanctification. His long life was filled up
with noble service for his Master. He was a man "greatly beloved"
(Dan. 10:11) of Heaven. Yet instead of claiming to be pure and holy, this
honored prophet identified himself with the really sinful of Israel as he
pleaded before God in behalf of his people: "We do not present our supplications
before thee for our righteousness, but for thy great mercies." "We
have sinned, we have done wickedly." He declares: "I was speaking,
and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people. . . . "(Dan.
9:18, 15, 20).
heard the voice of the Lord out of the whirlwind, he exclaimed: "I abhor
myself, and repent in dust and ashes" (Job 42:6). It was when Isaiah
saw the glory of the Lord, and heard the cherubim crying, "Holy, holy,
holy, is the Lord of hosts," that he cried out, "Woe is me! for
I am undone" (Isa. 6:3, 5). Paul, after he was caught up into the third
heaven and heard things which it was not possible for a man to utter, speaks
of himself as "less than the least of all saints" (2 Cor. 12:2-4,
margin; Eph. 3:8). It was the beloved John, who leaned on Jesus' breast and
beheld His glory, that fell as one dead before the feet of the angel (Rev.
be no self-exaltation, no boastful claim to freedom from sin, on the part
of those who walk in the shadow of Calvary's cross. They feel that it was
their sin which caused the agony that broke the heart of the Son of God, and
this thought will lead them to self-abasement. Those who live nearest to Jesus
discern most clearly the frailty and sinfulness of humanity, and their only
hope is in the merit of a crucified and risen Savior.
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