Know, then, it is not because of your righteousness that the Lord your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stubborn people. – Deuteronomy 9:6
Moses, in his continuing historical account of Israel’s deliverance from Egypt, reminds his nation once again (with little subtlety) just how utterly rebellious they have always been. The good news for Israel was that God’s covenant with Abraham and his descendants was never based upon their righteous good works or obedience, but upon God’s gracious choice. Of course, they were often prone to forget this truth and presume upon His unmerited favor.
Mindful of Israel’s history, should we who are the unworthy recipients of a new covenant in Christ Jesus boast in our goodness? Please! Dare we proclaim that we are not boastful? Consider this, “Are we humbled by the gift of grace we so required? Is not an absent humility another description for apparent pride? Do we not ourselves presume too often upon God’s amazing grace?” I fear that I already know the answer.
In the words of the Apostle Paul, “May it never be!”
We are justified, not by giving anything to God (what we do), but by receiving from God (what Christ has done for us). – William Gurnall
Dr. David Pope is the Founder and CEO of Pope Initiatives. ARM Solutions is a division of Pope Initiatives that exists to activate collaborative efforts for sustainable impact among the global unreached.
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