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Pride and Its Cure
This Article was taken from the booklet "The Sin of Pride" Chapter 4 by L.R.
Shelton, Jr. to point unto the Lord Jesus Christ and His shed blood as our only
ground of cleansing from the sin of Pride or any other sin.
God's eternal Word is forever settled in heaven,
because it was written in heaven "and is given unto us by inspiration of God and
is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in
righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all
good works" (2 Tim 3:16-17). The Word of God is a sword to cut and to heal us;
it is bread to feed us; it is water to quench our thirst; it is a fire to burn
its way into the deepest recesses of our hearts; it is a lamp to lighten our
pathways; it is a rod to chasten us; it is a staff to lead us; it is life to
quicken us and make us alive; it is the power of God in the hands of the Holy
Spirit to save us, cleanse us, deliver us, and make us suitable for the
inheritance of the saints, and all of this by the saving faith in Christ that is
worked in us by hearing the Word of God. For we are told: "Faith cometh by
hearing, and hearing by the Word of God" (Rom 10:17). Yes, the Word of God
warns us, counsels us, guides us, leads us, and points us to the Lamb of God,
Who takes away our sins by the shedding of His own precious blood.
The Word of
God also reveals unto us the gracious invitation of our Saviour God to come to
Him and find rest, peace, forgiveness and deliverance from sin, especially this
sin of pride. We have shown you from the Word of God that the God of the Bible
hates sin, especially this sin of pride, because it robs Him of His glory. But,
if we are willing to confess the sin of pride and forsake it, He will have mercy
upon us-Proverbs 28:13: "He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso
confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy." Alright, there it is! To the
Law and to the Testimony we must go, paying special attention now to the many
gracious invitations that God gives to poor, needy sinners. It is written, as it
were, in bold letters on the pages of Holy Writ: COME, AND WELCOME TO JESUS
Oh, how my poor soul rejoices in such an invitation: COME AND WELCOME TO JESUS
CHRIST. Come and welcome to the only One who can deliver us from sin, this sin
of pride and its deserved damnation; come and welcome to the only One who can
save us from the wrath of God; come and welcome to the only One who was lifted
up for our transgressions and raised for our justification; come and welcome to
the only One who can be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; come and
welcome to the only One who can bring us back to God; come and welcome to the
only One who can bring us to heaven; come and welcome to the only One who is
rich in mercy, grace and love; come and welcome to the only One who has gone to
prepare a place of rest and peace for us in His Father's home; come and welcome,
I say, to the One who opened the fountain of cleansing by the shedding of His
precious blood for sin and for uncleanness. I say again: Come and welcome to
What a mercy is this then, that is bestowed upon poor sinners: to be invited to
come to the feast made ready by the Master Himself. You might ask the question:
To whom then is this invitation of mercy given? Matthew 11:28 has our Lord
saying, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give
you rest." Yes, it is given to those who have laboured long and hard to save
themselves by the works of their own hands, and are no closer to God than when
they started, but are in fact laden down with a heavy burden of sin. Our Lord
says: Come and welcome to Me, come lay down your burden of sin upon Me, and I
will give you rest. I tell you from a heart of personal experience today
that there is no rest like the rest of the sin-weary soul upon the bosom of
Christ by faith. I don't know of another soul living that tried to work his way
into the good graces of God as I did. But to quit my work and rest in Christ as
my all in all was indeed a great mercy. How can anyone possibly live in
confusion and strife, in the arguing of their heart and in the awful accusing
conscience without Christ to bear their sin-burden. I can't live without Him.
Again, Luke 14:17 has our Lord saying: "Come; for all things are now ready."
What is ready for those who are invited to come?
(1) Salvation from sin is ready; for Christ
Himself finished the work of redemption on the cross and proved its
accomplishment by rising from the dead and leaving our sins in the grave.
(2) The Father who planned our salvation is ready
to receive us in Christ, because He has let the Lord Jesus back into His
presence as our Representative. No sin was upon Him when He returned to glory as
our High Priest; all our sins had been left in the tomb, therefore the Father
received Him and set Him above all principalities and powers.
(3) The riches of His grace and mercy are ready;
His white robe of righteousness is ready; His eyesalve to put upon our blinded
eyes is ready: "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou
mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the
shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that
thou mayest see" (Rev 3:18).
(4) All power is ready to save, deliver and keep
each poor soul that comes to Christ, for our Lord tells us in Matthew 28:18:
"All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth." Also in John 17:2 He says
He has power over all flesh. Therefore, John 6:37: "Him that cometh to me I will
in no wise cast out." Yes, He has power to save and to keep, and will not cast
us out, for He Himself said in John 10:27-28: "My sheep hear my voice, and I
know them and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall
never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand." Yes, all things
are ready; so come and welcome to Jesus Christ.
Again, Isaiah 55:1: "Ho, every one that thirsteth,
come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money: come ye, buy, and eat; yea,
come, buy wine and milk without money and without price." What a gracious
invitation is this! We are welcome to Jesus Christ as poor bankrupt paupers. Oh
praise the Lord, that fits my case, for that is all that I am: a poor,
worthless, penniless pauper. But did you know, my friend, that this is the one
to whom the invitation is given? No money-yet come and buy, for God freely gives
us all things in Christ. The question is asked: What are all these things? I
will answer, He freely pardons us for Christ's sake. He freely forgives us of
all our sins for Christ's sake; He blots them out as a thick cloud never to be
remembered against us anymore. This then is a most blessed invitation, for it
invites both the thirsty and the hungry, both the cursed of God and the devil's
castaways to come and welcome to Jesus Christ, the friend of sinners.
Again, Isaiah 1:18 has our blessed Savior God saying: "Come now, and let us
reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be
as white as snow: though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." Think
of this! Ponder this! Meditate on this! The Lord of glory inviting poor sinners
to come and reason with Him about their eternal soul. He invites you who are
sin-sick, sin-laden, sin-convicted and convinced, to come and reason with Him
and to know that every sin you confess to be scarlet, every sin you confess to
be red like crimson, He will forgive and cleanse by His own precious blood as
you look to Him by faith. What a word! What an invitation! What a blessing! What
a salvation! What a Saviour is given to us in the Gospel! You might say:
But I am a great sinner. But Jesus Christ says: Come and welcome, I died for
great sinners. You might say: But I am an old sinner having lived all my life in
sin. But Jesus Christ says: Come and welcome, I died for old sinners, black and
dirty as they are. You might say: But I am a hard-hearted sinner, I have a heart
of stone on which nothing makes an impression. But Jesus Christ says: Come and
welcome, I died for hard-hearted sinners, I give them new hearts. You might say:
But I have served sin and Satan all my days. But Jesus Christ says: Come and
welcome, for I died to deliver you from the clutches of sin and Satan. Yes, our
Lord said it is written of Him: "Thou shalt call his name JESUS for he shall
save [or deliver] his people from their sins."
You might say: But I have sinned against light and knowledge. But Jesus Christ
says: Come and welcome, I died for sinners like you. You might say: But I have
sinned against mercy and the prayers of father, mother, brothers, sisters and
wife; and even the prayers of all of God's people. But Jesus Christ, the eternal
Son of God says: Come and welcome, for I died for the ungodly sinner like you.
You might say: But I have no good thing to bring with me, I have nothing but
sin, a wasted life, a proud and rebellious heart. But, dear friend, our Lord
says: Come and welcome to Jesus Christ, for He alone can put away your sins by
the sacrifice of Himself. If you indeed hate sin, mourn over sin-for it has been
against God-if you are willing to confess your sins and forsake them, then
indeed God says He will put them out of His sight. Come and welcome to Jesus
Christ, for in Him alone is found deliverance from the power, penalty and
presence of sin.
At times my soul seems not to be able to contain itself as I understand that my
Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ still invites me to come to Him. As I
Peter 2:4 puts it: "To whom coming"-always coming-for He is still my Lord and
Saviour. He is still my Refuge from each storm, my Hiding Place in every fear
and in every battle. He allows me, by His grace, to keep coming to Him day by
day and hour by hour to find in Him my all in all. I need a Saviour just as much
today as I did the day I first came to Him as a poor, hell-deserving sinner.
"But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart:
that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy
mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him
from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto
righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the
scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is
no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich
unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord
shall be saved" (Rom 10:8-13).