APPROVAL BY BISHOP DAG HEWARD-MILLS
8th April 2019
READ: 2 Corinthians 10:12-18
“For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.” – 2 Corinthians 10:18
No matter how good you are, your sins are manifest to God.
Anyone who thinks he is righteous before God is suffering from one of the highest kinds of deceptions.
It is only the blood of Jesus that gives us a right standing before God. Unfortunately, some teachings in the Body of Christ have led to the deception that we are semi-perfect beings who have a right to be in Heaven. The more you grow in the Lord, the more uncertain you will become of your standing with God.
Notice that as the Apostle Paul got to know God, he graduated downward in his opinion of himself. He moved from being the highest of the Apostles to the worst of sinners. This is real growth in humility.
First, he said he was not inferior to any of the Apostles. He later considered himself as the least of these Apostles: “For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle…” (1 Corinthians 15:9). After a while, he likened himself to the least of the saints: “Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8). Finally, at the end of his life and in one of his last letters, he did not bother to compare himself to an apostle or a saint. He had concluded that he was the chief of sinners.
Sin is the root cause of all our woes. That is why preaching is the most important remedy for the problems of mankind. Preaching attacks man’s problem at its very root.