if you find yourself in Christ…
Your self-view is not based on a view of my or yourself as a moral achiever. In Christ I am simul iustus et peccator—simultaneously sinful and lost yet accepted in Christ. I am so bad he had to die for me and I am so loved he was glad to die for me. This leads me to deeper and deeper humility and confidence at the same time. Neither swaggering nor sniveling.
My identity and self-worth are centered on Jesus … the one who died for His enemies, who was excluded from the city for me. I am saved by sheer grace. So I can’t look down on those who believe or practice something different from me. Only by grace I am what I am. I’ve no inner need to win arguments.
No matter where we angle our thoughts (Love, wrath, works) our human nature will find idols. The Gospel message gives us a third way different from the religious pharisees and differnt from the irreligious. The Gospel says that both the religious works-morality-based pharisees and the irreligious are alike in their need for a savior.
This an excerpt from an article I wrote that is under one of the comments below. For the complete article keep reading the comments below.