Obedience and Sanctification
righteousnesses, but for Thy great mercies.” “We have sinned, we have done wickedly.” He declares, “I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people.” And when at a later time the Son of God appeared, to give him instruction, he declares, “My comeliness was turned in me into cor- ruption, and I retained no strength.” Daniel 9:18, 15, 20; 10:8.
When Job heard the voice of the Lord out of the whirlwind, he exclaimed, “I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:6. It was when Isaiah saw the glory of the Lord and heard the cheru- bim crying, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts,” that he cried out, “Woe is me! for I am undone.” Isaiah 6:3, 5. Paul, after he was caught up into the third heaven and heard things which it was not pos- sible for a man to utter, speaks of himself as “less than the least of all saints.” 2 Corinthians 12:2-4 (margin), Ephesians 3:8. It was the beloved John (that leaned on Jesus’ breast, and beheld His glory) who fell as one dead before the feet of the angel. Revelation 22:8.
There can be no self-exaltation, no boastful claim to freedom from sin, on the part of those who walk in the shadow of Calvary’s cross. They feel that it was their sin which caused the agony that broke the heart of the Son of God; and this thought will lead them to self-abasement. Those who live nearest to Jesus discern most clearly the frailty and sinfulness of humanity; and their only hope is in the merit of a crucified and risen Saviour.