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Permalink 05:31:46 am, Categories: GraceHead teaching, By Trent, 433 words   English (US)

Self Exaltation 101 (the covert kind)

Overt self exaltation is seldom taken serious. Who cares if someone wears a shirt that says "world's greatest dad." Such statments are mostly deemed silly, and usually uttered as an obvious absurdity for the sake of humor. The real problem is the covert self-exaltation. It is like a spider web ... you may not see it coming but once you walk through it, it is hard to remove .. and it just feels iky.


A basic example of this might be football fans. They say that the Cowboys are the best, so that as they associate with the team (as a fan) they get the exaltation by association. Thus, we have people that exalt emersion baptism, and others that exalt sprinkling baptisms so that they can practice what they exalt and receive exaltation by association. Same goes with those that exalt the Bible, so that they can view their ownership of a Bible or the "right Bible" as a lofty perch to condemn the poor saps that don't. Same goes with people that extol the greatness of speaking in toungues. What are they really trying to exalt? ... and would they be exalting that gift if they could not demonstrate it to the satisfaction of others?

This can even go as far as dogma, or theology, or even distinctions of association (i.e. I am a Mason). I can exalt the Masons and then ascribe to the tennents of that path to exalt myself.

But, with Christ there is no exaltion of self when we exalt Him ... for it is not us that chose Him, but He that chose us first. My association with Him is not according to my activity, but His!

We recieve the work of God with humble thankfulness. ... and even those that think that they came to belief by the autocratic activity of reason, but recognize their mind's origin also ... for Who imbued them with the ability to reason anyway, and Who was the architect of their faith?

2 Thessalonians 2
13But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 14He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

So, I say "Exalt Christ!" (wherein lies no self-exaltation) for He alone deserves the glory.

1 John 4:10
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as the one who would turn aside His wrath, taking away our sins.

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Comment from: Sumner Koch [Visitor]
He who exaults himself, shall be abased.
Permalink 06/09/06 @ 15:15
Comment from: Pam [Member]
Hi Koch,

It's me, joyinexpressible, really, Pam.

Thanks for coming over. I enjoyed reading your comments. There is a lot to digest there. I hope you will stop by again.

Permalink 06/09/06 @ 15:46
Comment from: Sumner Koch [Visitor]
I'll be back..

Code by Eli
Man is for him, and the heart of 25 Iyyar 5766 (23 May 2006); My Laws. - God to the demon in him, and the destructive naivity in him. My Sign, we are living waters, God is here???

The Church’s of Orthodox Christianity

When there is no perception, apostatizing are the people, yet keeping the law makes it happy. (Proverbs. 29: 18 ‘CV)

2. Corinthians.4: 4. The god of this (world) age (eon) seduces her into alliance with worldly empire and gave her a dominion great and wide, but unspiritual in its source and character; and th4 debasement of Roman doctrine and ritual, and practice, prove how disastrous it is to yield to that temptation.
Where Roman errors have been recanted and eschewed, Christian communities have yielded to the glamour and glory of the world. They have pandered to riches, and bought wealth by the sacrifice of truth. They have grasped influence by policy instead of principle, and allowed temporal interests to usurp spiritual prerogative. In these ways has the Church been tempted and drawn aside from her heavenward course. And wherever she has gained emoluments, and aggrandizement from the world, not by faith but by force and by secular arm, she has touched the Sceptre of Satan, and fallen from her trust in God…
June, 2006-K

Permalink 06/10/06 @ 07:58
Comment from: colette [Visitor]
It is so easy to fall into the traps that Satan sets for us...that is why it is important to stay close to Christ and in His word! You must not forget why we are here and how we got here...Revelation 4:11 "You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being".
Permalink 06/10/06 @ 13:45
Comment from: Trent [Member] ·
Thank you Colette!
"""by your will they were created and have their being"""
amen. the alternatives to Jesus and faith in Him are smothering all around us ... but when He is our focus we cannot be overwhelmed.

Ripening for the harvest,
Permalink 06/12/06 @ 23:31

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