Humility is freedom from pride and arrogance, Prov 11:2; 16:18; 29:23. Therefore, humility cannot and does not exist in the cosmic system; it is the first thing to go when you get out of fellowship with God, due to personal sin(s). It is regained by utilizing God’s grace of 1 John 1:9, Rebound – the confession of your sins.
Arrogance has so many facets that sooner or later people are captured by its temptation from their Sin Nature, unless they remain in fellowship with God inside of His Power System – GPS, that is staying under the enabling power of God the Holy Spirit and continuing your momentum from having metabolized Bible doctrine in your soul.
The virtue of all believers is humility. Humility is total freedom from cosmic thinking. Humility includes enforced humility and genuine humility, plus objectivity and teachability.
Psa 25:8‑9, “Good and honorable is the Lord; therefore, He instructs sinners in the way. In justice (Divine integrity) He guides the humble; consequently, He teaches the humble His way (plan, purpose).”
No believer in the cosmic system can learn Bible doctrine; GNOSIS, (knowledge, doctrine, wisdom) never becomes EPIGNOSIS (intensifies GNOSIS), when you are operating under arrogance. Without humility, there is no teachability. Teachability demands enforced humility and genuine humility.
Humility is maintained only by learning Bible doctrine utilizing the three R’s.
- Reception, in which the Pastor communicates Bible doctrine to a group of believers, and the information goes to the believer’s human spirit. The Holy Spirit makes that doctrine PNEUMATIKOS, i.e., spiritual phenomena. It then goes to the NOUS or left lobe and becomes GNOSIS doctrine. Then the positive believer has faith perception, the metabolization of that Bible doctrine by which it goes into the KARDIA or right lobe, where it becomes EPIGNOSIS doctrine. Only EPIGNOSIS doctrine gives the believer momentum.
- Retention is EPIGNOSIS transferred to the KARDIA, right lobe of your soul. It is stored Bible doctrine by which we grow in grace, the basis for momentum.
- Recall is the application of EPIGNOSIS doctrine to experience, the basis for creating invisible heroes, the objective of the spiritual life.
The mandate for humility is found in 1 Peter 5:5‑6 and James 4:5-6 which quote Prov 3:33‑35.
1 Peter 5:5-6, “You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. 6Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time.”
Enforced humility is submission to legitimate authority.
Genuine humility is the virtue of complete grace orientation to all situations through perception and application of Bible doctrine.
Humility is distinguished from humiliation:
- Humility is the virtue of freedom from arrogance.
- Humiliation is to reduce your view of self to a lower status in your own eyes or in the eyes of others.
Humiliation is being mortified, while humility is being grace‑oriented.
Humility is the quality or status of being humble. While the noun “humble” has many definitions, ranging from, “feeling of insignificance and feeling of inferiority” to “low in rank or low in importance,” none of these definitions relate to the Biblical word.
Humility or being humble in the Plan of God is recognition of the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Word) and submitting to that authority. Humility is recognition of authority.
Since the Bible is the mind of Christ, submission to the authority of our Lord is tantamount to consistent post-salvation renewing of your mind, Rom 12:2. We submit by our daily intake and application of the Word of God.
If we become neglectful of Bible doctrine, we are in a state of rebellion. The result of post-salvation renewing of your mind should be grace orientation and humility. Luke 14:11
Luke 14:11, “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Through consistent perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine, arrogance is brought low or humbled, while the filling of the Holy Spirit, grace orientation, personal love for God the Father, impersonal love for all mankind, a personal sense of destiny, and occupation with Christ are raised to the highest level of function, Job 33:16‑17.
In Biblical humility, the independence of human power and ability is reduced to zero, so that dependence on the power and ability of God are increased to the maximum through the function of grace. This becomes grace effectiveness in the Christian way of life. At the point of faith in Christ, you reduced yourself to a state of total humility.
Biblical humility is neither derogatory nor undue self-depreciation. The mandate of James 4:10 to “humble yourselves before the Lord and He will exalt you” is a mandate that precedes any effective use of a Problem-Solving Devices.
- This means that humility is a system of Divine viewpoint thinking related to grace orientation and occupation with Christ.
- This means that humility is a system of recognizing the authority of Jesus Christ as the ruler of the Church, and that He has delegated all authority in the Church Age to the Word of God, especially the mystery doctrine found in the Church Age epistles, and the Pastor-Teacher as God’s delegated authority to teach the Word of God, Heb 13:7, 17.
- This means that humility is a system of cognition of Bible doctrine, resulting in the believer living in the directive will of God rather than the permissive will of God, Psa 25:8‑9.
The greatest testimony of humility was our Lord’s submission to the will of God found in Luke 22:42 and Phil 2:5‑8.
Luke 22:42, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.”
- Humility is recognition and respect for legitimate authority in life.
- It is function under the Laws of Divine Establishment for the unbeliever. Both believer and unbeliever can possess humility.
- It is recognition of authority delegated by God in the Christian way of life. The Bible is the authority, and the spiritual gift of Pastor-Teacher is the communicator of that doctrine.
- Humility is Divine viewpoint thinking, which means that humility is related to grace orientation and occupation with Christ.
- Humility is poise and courage under pressure.
- Humility is teachability which recognizes the Plan of God for your life.
- Recognition of the authority of the Pastor-teacher who communicates doctrine.
- Recognition of the content of the message of the Pastor who communicates doctrine.
- Therefore, humility is the sum total of grace orientation and teachability.
- Humility is capacity for life, love, and happiness.
- Humility is the basis for gratitude and appreciation in life.
- Humility is the function of establishing right priorities in life.
- Humility is the right function of self-determination in life related to God’s grace policy, right priorities, teachability, and self-determination related to spiritual growth.
- Humility is making right decisions from a position of strength.
- Humility is the recognition of failure in the Christian life and the willingness to recover through Rebound, 1 John 1:9.
- Humility is the basis for flexibility in life, the basis for God molding a vessel of honor which glorifies Him.