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Written by: Kennedy, Tod M.    Posted on: 03/23/1998

Category: Bible Studies

Source: CCN

    1. What is Pride? Definition and Description:

          1.1.  Dictionary  definition:  Pride is an excessively high opinion of oneself.  Conceit is too high  an  opinion  of  one's  abilities,  worth,  or personality;  vanity.  An arrogant person is  overly convinced  of  one's own  importance;  overbearingly proud; haughty (The American Heritage Dictionary).
          1.2.  When  we look at how the Bible  uses the word pride we see that pride is substituting our own authority,  our plan,  our greatness,  our human goodness in place of God's.  The proud person  looks at himself differently than God looks at him.
          1.3.  Pride is mental attitude sin.  It is listed in Prov 6.16-19 ("haughty eyes" rum BDB  926, be  high,  be  exalted,  rise ) as one of the  seven worst sins (Prov 8.13;  30.13;  Ps 131.1; Mark 7.20- 23; 1 Tim 3.6).
          1.4. Pride is a part of ungodliness (2 Tim 3.2).
          1.5.  Pride  is the opposite  of  humility (Prov 11.2; 29.23; Dan 4.37; Jms 4.6; 1 Pet 5.5-6).

    2. Bible words for pride:

          2.1. A sample of Hebrew words include:
              2.1.1. Noun ga'avah BDB 144, majesty, pride, haughtiness (Ps 10.2; 31.18, 23; Pr 29.23).
              2.1.2. Adjective ge'eh BDC 144, proud (Job 40.11-12; Jer 48.29; Pr 15.25).
              2.1.3.  Verb gabah BDB 146,  be high, be exhalted, be tall (Ps 131.1; Prov 18.12).
              2.1.4.  Verb  rum BDB 926,  be  high, exalted, rise (Prov 6.17; Ps 131.1).
.          2.2. A sample of Greek words include:
              2.2.1.  Noun  `uper8phania  BAG  841, arrogance, haughtiness, pride (Mk 7.22).
              2.2.2.  Adjective  `uper8phanos  BAG 841,  arrogant,  haughty, proud (Lk 1.51; 2 Tim 3.2; Jms 4.6; 1 Pet 5.5).
              2.2.3.  Verb  tuphow BAG 831,  in the passive, be puffed up, conceited, (1 Tim 3.6; 6.4; 2 Tim 3.4).
              2.2.4.  Verb phusiow BAG 869, to blow up,  puff up,  make proud or arrogant, become puffed up or conceited,  (1 Cor 4.6; 4.18f; 5.2; 8.1; 13.4; Col 2.18).

    3.  Where does pride come from ?  The source:

          3.1. Satan introduced sin (and pride) into God's  perfect creation.  Satan thought that he  was good  enough to challenge God's authority and  rule. He  was showing pride (Is 14.12-14 and 1  Tim  3.6).
          3.2.  After  Adam and Eve sinned (fall  of mankind) each person's sinful nature became a source of  pride.  Pride  is an inner problem  that  tempts man's  volition  like and overpowering desire  (Mark 7.20-23;  Gal  5.19-22  where  "things  like  these" include pride; Jms 1.14).
          3.3.  The sinful nature uses power, fame, possessions,  and other details of life to stimulate people  to become proud (Lev 26.19;  2 Chron  32;  1 John 2.16). 

    4. Dangers that pride has:

          4.1.  The newer believer can easily become proud  (1 Tim 3.6,  "conceited" tuphoomai,  BAG 831, is  in  the  passive.  It means  to  be  puffed  up, conceited,  blinded,  be  foolish).  He  makes  the mistake  of taking credit for spiritual  growth  and ministry.  He forgets that he is a product of  God's grace (1 Cor 15.10).
          4.2.    Proud  believers  reject  God's authority  in  the church (1  Cor  4.6,  18  "become arrogant"  phusiow,  BAG  869,  to  be  puffed  up, inflated).
          4.3.  Proud people can disrupt the life of the church (1 Cor 4.6-7,  "become arrogant" phusiow; Jude 16;, "speak arrogantly" `uperogkos, BAG 841, of excessive  size,  puffed  up,  swollen,  haughty, bombastic).   
          4.4.  When you take yourself too seriously you  are  proud  (Rom 12.3 "to  think  more  highly" `uperphronew,  BAG 842). 1 Cor 15.10 gives the right attitude.
          4.5.  Proud  religious people will attempt to  change you away from grace (Col 2.18  "inflated" phusiow).
          4.6.  Knowledge  (gnwsis)  that  is  not understood,  accepted  as certain,  and applied  can stimulate pride (1 Cor 8.1).  Knowledge  (epignwsis) that is understood, accepted as certain, and applied  is  needed for the Christian life  (Eph  1.17;  Phil 1.9; Col 1.9-10).
          4.7.  Pride  can affect what you say  (Jms 4.16).  The  result is a sin of the tongue which can cause great damage to self and others (Jms 3.2-6).
          4.8.  Pride will eventually come back  and hurt you (Prov 11.2; 16.18; 29.23).

    5. What God does about the proud person:

          5.1.  God  rejects the proud (Prov  3.34; Jms 4.6; 1 Pet 5.5).
          5.2.  God  will  discipline  his  people because  they  are proud (2 Chron 32.20-26  and  Heb 12.5-11 since pride is sin).
          5.3.  God  can break our pride (Lev 26.19; 2 Chron 32.24-26; Dan 4.37).

    6. How do we conquer pride? The solution:

          6.1.  The believer does not conquer pride. The Holy Spirit,  who uses Bible doctrine,  conquers pride  through  His work inside  the  believer  (Gal 5.16; Phil 2.13; 2 Tim 3.16-17; Heb 4.12).
          6.2. Spiritual growth through  the filling of  the  Holy  Spirit  and  the  learning  of  Bible doctrine  enables the believer to have a strong  day to  day  relationship  with the Lord  (fear  of  the Lord/occupation with Christ). One expression of this spiritual  growth  is that humility  replaces  pride (Prov 8.13;  15.33;  22.4;  Ps 131;  Eph 4.1-2; Phil 2.2-6; Heb 12.1-2; Jms 4.6-7 ).

    7. Who practiced pride? Illustrations:

          7.1. Satan (Is 14.12-14 with 1 Tim 3.6).
          7.2. Nebuchadnezzar (Dan 4.28-37).
          7.3. The Pharisees (Mt 23.1-12).
          7.4.  Believers  that reject establishment           authority  and spiritual authority (1  Tim           6.1-4).
          7.5. Diotrephes (3 Jn 9-10).           Copyright 1986 Tod M. Kennedy

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