The words increase so I may decrease have been used countless times by many preachers while on the pulpit, it sounds humbling but in the long run they are rather increased while God is decreased. The word Humility has a transcendental meaning which goes beyond the simple command of submission. To submit dose not make you humble like Paul who was submitted to the Law Moses but was not humble to the word of God, he did not view the coming King to bear the marks of showing Love to his enemies because he thought he was coming into the world with an army to crush Israel’s enemies not a carpenter boy who was crucified on a cross. In the fruits of the spirits (see Gal 5 vs. 22-23) we hear of the word called meekness which is in the Greek “Praotes” meaning: gentleness, mildness, meekness. Anyone who is filled with the Holy Spirit by a sure sign has humility.
The humility dose not mean humiliation, weakness, timidity or even a walk over it goes above the human understanding and establishes a Spiritual ruler ship for the person who has Humility (Matthew 5:5 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth). Humility is a qualitative property of the Spirit filled man i.e.( James 3:13KJV Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom). The quintessential quality of humility is shown in the person of Christ (Philippians 2:6-8KJV 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross). The word humbled himself in the Greek is “tapeinoo” which is a metaphor for been assigned a lower rank or place i.e. even though he was The King, God look upon him as human whose heart was continually evil.
1. Not like the Pharisees (See Mat 23 vs. 1-12)
The Pharisees who were the Theologians of Christ era were the keepers of the Law of Moses the two hundred and more which they required the people to observe. They knew the Law by mind but their hearts were not subjected to it. When ever we are subjected to the Law we are first and foremost required to perform them, the problem with performing it is that we will come to the realization that you are willfully disobedient to all which it commands you. No one on earth can follow the law strictly an example is the story of the Good Samaritan (See Luk. 10 vs. 30-37) where the priest passes the body of the dying Samaritan by the interpretation of the Law of Moses he was not wrong why (Leviticus 21:10-11 KJV 10 And he that is the high priest among his brethren, upon whose head the anointing oil was poured, and that is consecrated to put on the garments, shall not uncover his head, nor rend his clothes; 11 Neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother;). The man worse of all was a Samaritan i.e. defile of all the people in Israel why should he disobey God by even touching him. So here are the Pharisees asking them to keep the law but are making themselves above the law because they have been able to abide by every commandment it requires in the outwardly but inward are as vile as the Harlot.
Humility dose not come out to show off but comes out to serve, it will disregard any title and refuse the high seats because he is not equal to those round him. It requires less from his brother and gives more to him. He will not condemn the efforts of the weak but rather instruct him to strength. His strength and power is not for himself so his action precedes his words. Common placed his mind is not affected the pressures of his surroundings but will affect his surroundings with his presence.
2. Humility the First step to Apologetics
2 Timothy 2:24-26 KJV 4 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
1 Peter 3:15 KJV 5 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
Apologetics comes from the Greek word “apologia” which means a verbal defense. Apologetics is the words we share in our everyday evangelism within our community in our offices and other places. Countless of times when you are involved in the form of evangelism with a friend from other religious views it is important to become aware of how you deliver your message because a soft answer drives away wrath. The people we encounter have convictions which are deeply rooted in their conscience even thought you know that his views are wrong and will ultimately lead him to death we cannot justify the words we preach to him if se show signs of pride, my brothers and sisters we have loss that person even before we deliver your massage.
Countless of times people who have forsaken Christ’s salvation have not answered the question of life’s core problems they will seek to find answers to life peripheral ones example is a Muslim who will deny that Jesus is the Son of God because to them in the judgment day Allah will considered your right and wrongs and decide where you should go. Islam has no forgiveness therefore the word humility is not willful action but a command forced upon you, respect they have, reverence they have but humility i.e. the word Tad’a which is one of the meanings of humility states “Before thee sent messengers to many nations, and We afflicted the nations with suffering and adversity, that they call Allah in humility. When the suffering reached them from Us, why then did they not call Allah in humility? On the contrary, their hearts became hardened and satan made their sinful acts seem alluring to them (Al-Anaam 6:42-43)”. Groups like “Boko Haram (Western Education is Forbidden)” in the northern part of Nigeria whose name is “Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad which means “People Committed to Propagation of the Prophet’s Teaching and Jihad”, have no tolerance for others views. Their main purpose is influenced by the Qur’an’s phase which says “Anyone who is not governed by what Allah has revealed is among the transgressors” to them there is nothing like Apologetics but rather violence.
Out of humility comes tolerance, forbearance, longsuffering and enduring. Martyrs who died in the proclamation of Christ never called for revolts or revolution but in their society they served forgoing all which was good and pressing on towards the everlasting crown. Many times we seem to think that our profession of Faith in Christ is to elevate us beyond or society like someone mention by what he calls “virtual escape”, we cannot escape this world rather through humility the world will come unto us. If anyone wants to make his new found salvation known to the world the first thing which must be evident is humility. Those of us who do apologetics must have the Supreme character of Christ which is non conformance to the society i.e. when you become a leader you must be served rather when you become a leader you must serve. Answers to question about Christ are vast and we cannot tackle all without the in filling of the Holy Spirit to bring his nature so we can make impart upon our generation. I pray that we are filled with the Holy Spirit to increase and become truly impacted with humility.
3. Salvation is From Humility.
Matthew 5:3-11 KJV 3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. 10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
The poor in Spirit will mourn till they become meek, in their meekness they will hunger and thirst for righteousness so they can be merciful, pure in heart and peacemakers, nations will persecute them for the sake of righteousness and speak falsely against them but their reward is the kingdom of heaven they shall be comforted then they shall obtain mercy, see God and become God’s children. The words of the beatitudes are the characters Christ possess in all of us so we can receive a reward in heaven. Many people say this: we will receive crowns of glory in heaven but all I (Henry A. Addy) want is to be called is the son of God no greater reward is above this. I have in Christ been made co-heirs i.e. it’s not as if Christ will inherit something which later he will share with me, it is Christ and I (Henry A. Addy) who will now inherit the kingdom God together.
The work of Salvation in Christ is in fact that which start from the point of spiritual poverty i.e. “ptochos: reduced to beggary, begging, asking alms, destitute of wealth, influence, position, honour, lowly, afflicted, destitute of the Christian virtues and eternal riches, helpless, powerless to accomplish an end” this is a sense where you get to the point of having nothing to loss like the four leprosy men in the city Samaria (see 2 kings 7) during the besiege of the city when they said “if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.” They have come to the cross roads of nothingness where there is only one hope and its in Christ, that is how salvation starts then it enters into the point call mourning where there is a turning point. In our mourning do we actually come out from the cold and make confessions of our sins seeing the death in which it brought us and seeking to find the only and true way in Christ. The point of meekness is where you are totally under the ruler ship of Christ and will submit to his every command and because you do not forget where you were carried from and brought to you stand out like a light lit on a mountain top shinning even bright to all who seek it and come to realization of it’s power and majesty. If we want to receive it we must become poor laying side all that we know and have acquired, shout out to Lord so hat he can help us come to a point. Seek to be servants as our master was so shall we be through out all the generations of Faith seeks and salvation finders.
4. Humility is for the Sanctified
Ezekiel 36:23-28 KJV 23 And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. 24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. 25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. 28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
To be sanctified requires the person to have a new heart, one which comes from the spirit that God has provided for his people. You we can never be a people whose purpose is against the fathers will and call yourself a son, inasmuch were under his power and we desire to be Holy as He His Holy not the form of godliness we see only on Sunday in our Churches but a way of life which is constantly seeking to see the face of God in all that we do all that we are.
To be sanctified before the Lord means that we should become like him in deed and thought, like Paul it requires us to have the “the mind of Christ” this mind removes deity and makes it a man takes away immortality and makes it mortal. The mind of Christ is on which is constantly been make humble be his own will not forced or it been done to show someone who we are but rather it’s a state of begin coming from us like springs of water welling up to righteousness. The way a sanctified man live is one of humility i.e. to his sanctimonious nature all around will see a humble man whose holiness dose come not out of an effort of his own it’s the pure unaltered work of the Holy Spirit through Christ which is an acceptable sacrifice to God. If what to attain humility you must be sanctified in the word of the God, place your heart in his hands for bruised reed he will not break a smoking wick he will not throw out.
On thing Christ hates is an outward service what we call in literal translation from twi a “dogs humility” i.e. listens to his master as long as he will provide him with all food. As long as our prosperity will be provided for in God we will obey when there is a little testing we fail woefully because the lessons has not been learnt. Lesson learnt along the walk of righteousness is to teach us to be humble so that we will know that man shall not live by bread along but by every word that comes out of God’s mouth. The lesser I become the more God becomes is not truth, God is great and all powerful and we are little, helpless begins is also not truth because statements like these comes from the attitude of a “yes, yes no dey spoil work” servant but a true statement is this: (Psalm 8:4-6 KJV 4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? 5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. 6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:) sinner is almost comparable to the sons of God even the sinful man has this nature, we who are saved have I higher begin (John 1:12 KJV 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:) humility is not that we are small and God is great but rather greater his he that is me that he that is in the world.
5. Humility brings Conviction
1 Thessalonians 2:13-16 13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe. 14 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: 15 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men:
The words I preach is not of my own words but are the words give to me by God through the Holy Spirit and if anyone reads or listens these words my the Holy Spirit impute into you a nature which is willing to become humble transforming you in all aspects of your life making you a pinnacle of excellence in this world telling the whole world of Gods wonderful work in all of us.
In conclusion I lead you the quintessential man whose example has transformed generation not only because his example is what we look but rather in him we can become reconciled to God, we can have power over while are as lowly as the Latin meaning of the word humility which is ground. This person his Christ in his words (Matthew 11:28-30 28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.)