Sin of no faith
The Lord God, maker of man’s mouth can fill the mouth with great eloquence if needed. This is what we would profess to believe. But when it comes to the crunch the personal working out and trust, then instead of stepping out into the deep with sure faith, suddenly there‘s a want to place more confidence in the fleshly eloquence, than in the creator!
Nothing is more dishonouring to God or more dangerous for us than false humility. When we refuse to do a work which God BY His Grace hs given us because we don’t possess certain qualifications.
This is not humility, in any case, how could we satisfy our own consciences to have enough qualifications to do any work of God? If we could we should then think of ourselves well able to do God’s work in our own strength!
If for instance, Moses had possessed such a measure of eloquence as he thought needful, do you suppose he would have thought himself ready to go?
The question is, how much eloquence would he have needed to furnish him for his mission? The answer is, without God no amount of human eloquence would have been sufficient; but, with God, the merest stammerer would have proved an efficient minister.
This is a hard truth to swallow. Unbelief is not humility, but pride dressed up. It refuses to believe God because it doesn't find, in self a reason for believing. This is the very height of presumption.
If, when God speaks, I refuse to believe, on the grounds of something in myself, I make Him a liar. “He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son” 1 John v. 10.
When God declares His love, and I refuse to believe because I don’t think myself worthy, I make Him a liar and exhibit the inherent pride of my heart.
The bare supposition that I could ever be worthy of any grace save the lowest pit of hell, can only be regarded as the most profound ignorance of my own condition and of God’s requirements.
I remember when I was leading my Aunt to Christ, she had this idea that she would never be worthy of ever knowing that she could be “Saved”.
So I had to show her from the “Word of God” that If she confessed her sin and believed with all her heart she would be saved! This is what God has said! Surely we must believe what God has said or else we make Him a liar! This she slowly saw and believed.
The refusal to take the place which the redeeming love of God has brought me, on the ground of the finished atonement of Christ, is to make God a liar and cast great dishonour upon the sacrifice of the cross.
God’s love flows out from His throne like a great swelling river. It is not drawn forth by anything I deserve, but only by my great need.
Christ took the sinner’s place, on the cross, that the sinner might take His place in the glory. Christ got what the sinner deserved, that the sinner might get what Christ deserves.
So, self is totally set aside, this is true humility.
No one can be truly humble until he has reached heaven’s side of the cross and resurrection; only there he finds divine life, divine righteousness, and divine favour.
He is done with himself forever, as regards any expectation of goodness or righteousness, and he feeds upon the princely wealth of another.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: Eph 2:4-6
So he is morally prepared to join in that cry which shall echo through the spacious vault of heaven, throughout the everlasting ages, Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory.” (Psalm 115. 1.)