In Ephesians 4:1–2a, Paul says, “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation [or calling] wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness.” The first quality of a worthy walk with Christ is “all lowliness,” that is, humility. We were once spiritually dead in our sins and trespasses, but in His great love, God made us alive with the miraculous power of Christ’s resurrection from the dead (Eph. 2:1–5). That truly makes us humble.
Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) says that gospel humility comes not only from fear of judgment, but also from “a discovery of God’s holy beauty,” which breaks our hearts because of our rebellion against Him. By this gospel humility, we are “brought sweetly to yield, and freely and with delight to prostrate [ourselves] at the feet of God.”11 Scripture tells us, “God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble” (James 4:6; see also 1 Peter 5:5). If you want to grow in the grace of Jesus Christ, you must humble yourself before Him. Alongside faith in Christ, humility before God is a primary qualification for spiritual growth into the image of Christ, for it is the essence of the One who humbled Himself by being obedient even unto death on the cross.
Beauty and Glory of Christ’s Bride
Joel R. Beeke