were one: he could not assert the truth without asserting himself, and he could not assert himself without asserting the truth. Since he was the truth, he needed to say so, for men?s sake and for the truth?s sake, and he could be meek and lowly in heart in saying so. Humility is not self- depreciation, but only the judging of ourselves according to God?s perfect standard. ?Humility? is derived from ?humus?. It is the coming down from airy and vain self-exploitation to the solid ground, the hardpan, of actual fact.
God requires of us only so much humility as is consistent with truth. The self-glorification of the egotist is nauseating, because it indicates gross ignorance or misrepresentation of self. But it is a duty to be self-asserting, just so far as we represent the truth and righteousness of God. There is a noble self-assertion, which is perfectly consistent with humility. Job must stand for his integrity. Paul?s humility was not of the Uriah Heep variety. When occasion required, he could assert his manhood and his rights, as at Philippi and at the Castle of Antonia. So the Christian should frankly say out the truth that is in him. Each Christian has an experience of his own, and should tell it to others. In testifying to the truth he is only following the example of ?Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed the good confession? ( <540613>1 Timothy 6:13).
B. Nor can Jesus? testimony to himself be explained upon the hypothesis that he was self-deceived: for this would argue
(a) a weakness and folly amounting to positive insanity. But his whole character and life exhibit a calmness, dignity, equipoise, insight, self- mastery, utterly inconsistent with such a theory. Or it would argue
(b) a self-ignorance and self-exaggeration which could spring only from the deepest moral perversion. But the absolute purity of his conscience, the humility of his spirit the self-denying beneficence of his life, show this hypothesis to be incredible.
Rogers, Superhuman Origin of the Bible, 39 ? If he were man, then to demand that all the world should bow down to him would be worthy of scorn like that which we feel for some straw-crowned monarch of Bedlam. Forrest, The Christ of History and of Experience, 22, 76 ? Christ never united with his disciples in prayer. He went up into the mountain to pray but not to pray with them: <420918>Luke 9:18 ? ?as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him.? The consciousness of preexistence is the indispensable precondition of the total demand, which he makes in the Synoptics. Adamson, The Mind in Christ, 81,82 ? We value the
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