3 comments on “What’s to Abhor? | Old Life Theological Society

  1. St Paul advises sober self-criticism, but, abhorrence? No, neither “godly pride.”

    Either would be too high a view of self, and too little thinking of Christ.

    Romans 12:3 ~ For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

    Titus 2:12 ~ teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

    Setting out minds heavenward would also leave little room for much self-loathing: Phil. 4:8 & Col. 3:1f.


  2. Job 42:5f ~ I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

    Not unlike Isaiah’s vision of the LORD in his chapter 6. In v. 5, he responds to God’s glory thusly:
    Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.

    But it doesn’t end there. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: and he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.

    In Christ, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.


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