Christian Nobility

In Christianity on April 20, 2010 at 9:35 pm

I awakened recently thinking about how we fool ourselves.  No, I don’t mean that we fool ourselves about our true nobility, in the sense of having been created in the image of God. Rather, I mean we seek to fool ourselves by the excuses we make for our sins:  “Well, of course, I did that because . . . .” And in the “because,” we imagine we excuse ourselves—or, at least, even if we remain culpable and ashamed, we hope we can somehow nevertheless turn away the penetrating light (Light!) from ourselves.

God will not have it so.  He will not allow it. He loves us too much and paid too dearly for our redemption to abandon us in a swamp of self-deception.  He will bring us all-the-way-through to purity; to Christlikeness; to sanctity and holiness—for without that, we cannot dwell in His presence.  Nor would we want to.  We would find ourselves too odious, next to his blazing purity and beauty; next to Christ’s true nobility.

The path to purity may be painful, but it is not impossible.¹

¹ John 14:15, 1 John 3:1-3, Philippians 1:6 and 2:12-13

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