Self-Esteem and Pride: Problem of our Age

Reading this entry from John MacArthur on (Grace To You) blogs: The Humility of Love.  Self-Esteem bolsters Pride (the archetype sin of the Universe — see verses quoted below.)

God will oppose the proud, but yet it has entered into the church and become part of its fabric.  John MacArthur addresses this.

Speaking of Lucifer:

17 Your heart was proud because of your beauty;

you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor.

I cast you to the ground;

 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Eze 28:17). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
  • The above quote comes from an Old Testament passage providing insight into the fall of Satan


“God Opposes the Proud”

Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (1 Pe 5:5). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
  • The Greek word definition is as follows:
    • 530 ἀντιτάσσομαι (antitassomai), ἀντιτάσσω (antitassō): vb.; ≡ Str 498—LN 39.1 be hostile toward, oppose, resist, rebel (Ac 18:6; Ro 13:2; Jas 4:6; 5:6; 1Pe 5:5+)
      Swanson, J. (1997). Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains: Greek (New Testament) (electronic ed.). Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
  • The word picture given once in a message I heard was that of a warrior with his Sword Drawn back, eyes slitted and intently focused on the target ready to strike.


Pride Leads to Destruction


18 Pride goes before destruction,

and a haughty spirit before a fall.

19 It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor

than to divide the spoil with the proud.

 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Pr 16:18–19). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.


  • Psalms giving wisdom to the outcome of pride: destruction and a fall.


Whoever will be greatest in God’s Kingdom will be a servant of all

11 The greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Mt 23:11–12). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
  • Jesus here describing to his disciples who is the greatest in God’s economy





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