The Self-Existence of God – Part 2

knowledge-of-the-holy-tozer“The natural man is a sinner because and only because he challenges God’s selfhood in relation to his own.  In all else he may willingly accept the sovereignty of God; in his own life he rejects it.  For him, God’s dominion ends where his begins.  For him, self becomes Self, and in this he unconsciously imitates Lucifer, the fallen son of the morning who said in his heart, ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God . . . I will be like the Most High.'”

“Yet so subtle is self that scarcely anyone is conscious of its presence.  Because man is born a rebel, he is unaware that he is one.  His constant assertion of self, as far as he thinks of it at all, appears to him a perfectly normal thing.  He is willing to share himself, sometimes even to sacrifice himself for a desired end, but never to dethrone himself. No matter how far down the scale of social acceptance he may slide, he is still in his own eyes a king on a throne, and no one, not even God, can take that throne from him.”

“A moral being, created to worship before the throne of God, sits on the throne of selfhood and from that elevated position declares, ‘I AM.’  That is sin in its concentrated essence; yet because it is natural it appears to be good.  It is only when in the gospel the soul is brought before the face of the Most Holy One without the protective shield of ignorance that the frightful moral incongruity is brought home to the conscience.”

“‘Purity of heart is to will one thing,’ said Kierkegaard, and we may with equal truth turn this about and declare, ‘The essence of sin is to will one thing,’ for to set our will against the will of God is to dethrone God and make ourselves supreme in the little kingdom of Mansoul.  This is sin at its evil root.  Sins may multiply like the sands of the seashore, but they are yet one.  Sins are because sin is.  This is the rationale behind the much maligned doctrine of natural depravity which holds that the impenitent man can do nothing but sin and that his good deeds are really not good at all.  His best religious works God rejects as He rejected the offering of Cain.  Only when he has restored his stolen throne to God are his works acceptable.”

“To save us completely Christ must reverse the bent of our nature; He must plant a new principle within us so that our subsequent conduct will spring out of a new desire to promote the honor of God and the good of our fellow men.  The old self-sins must die, and the only instrument by which they can be slain is the cross.” ~ A.W. Tozer, Knowlege of The Holy, pg. 46 – 48 ~

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