Christ Matures Humility in His Children

by Frank Jones


“The gospel leads us to love Christ, as an humble person. Christ is one who is God-man, and so has not only condescension which is a divine perfection, but also humility which is a creature excellence. The gospel holds forth Christ to us as one meek and lowly of heart, as the most perfect and excellent instance of humility that ever was, and one in whom were the greatest testimonies and expressions of humility in his abasement of himself; for he humbled himself and became obedient unto death [Phil. 2:8]. Now the gospel leads us to love Christ as such an humble person, and therefore to love him with such a love as is proper to be exercised towards such an one, which is an humble love. And that the more, because the gospel leads us to love Christ not only as an humble person but a humble Savior, Lord and Head. If our Lord and Head be humble, and we love him as such, certainly it becomes us who are his disciples and servants to be so; for surely it does not become the servant to be prouder or less abased than his Master. Matt. 10:24–25, “The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord.” John 13:13–16, “Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.” Matt. 20:25–27, “Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant.”” (Jonathan Edwards (WJE 8:247-248))