Hope Fellowship

The Gospel Undermines Swaggering and Sniveling

"When my own personal grasp of the gospel was very weak, my self-view swung wildly between two poles.  When I was performing up to my standards--in academic work, professional achievement or relationships--I felt confident but not humble.  I was likely to be proud and unsympathetic to failing people.  When I was not living up to standards, I felt humble but not confident, a failure.  I discovered, however, that the gospel contained the resources to build a  unique identity.  In Christ I could know I was accepted by grace not only despite my flaws, but because I was willing to admit them.  The Christian gospel is that I am so flawed that Jesus had to die for me, yet I am so loved and valued and that Jesus was glad to die for me.  This leads to deep humility and deep confidence at the same time.  It undermines both swaggering and sniveling."  Tim Keller, The Reason for God, p.180,81

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