alien righteousness

Pride – C.S. Lewis

I’ve read only read a little of C.S. Lewis’ work, I want to take the time and read his other stuff.  In addition to reading Lewis for beneficial theological purposes (never throwing the baby out with the bath water), I also have heard from a professor that if one wants to improve in their writing it’s good to read cogent authors like Lewis (as you could see the ‘chap’ writing this needs more Lewis in his life).

Anyhow, I recently finished Mere Christianity.  The chapter titled The Great Sin struck a chord with me in two different ways. I’ve read the chapter in isolation in high school as a Pharisee, but coming back to it I hear it differently now,  a way a recovering pharisee and a Justified Sinner would hear it!   It’s the first use of the law (and I’m sure that was Lewis’ intent).  The chapter was a mirror among all things showing me my wretchedness, driving me to Christ (Galatians 3). Christ never had a prideful thought in His life. Christ never sinned.  He fulfilled perfectly the law for the sinner, imputing his perfect righteousness to the sinner.  As I read in a sermon by Rev. Kim Riddlebarger at the Anaheim United Reformed Church, he announced: “Christ lived for us, Christ died for us, and Christ was raised for us.” Thanks be to God for the finished work of Jesus Christ for the sinner. “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” ! (Romans 8:1, italics mine).

Mere Christianity Scroll to Chapter 8, The Great Sin

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