"Whosoever rises, shall be lowered; And the one who lowers will be high (LK. 18:14).
On two other occasions, our Lord made this same solemn declaration, every time about the search for honors and distinctions among men. Here, however, he introduces her to her listeners as a doctrine of eternal importance. Any man who exalts himself by proclaiming, with an all-carnal presumption, his own righteousness and his own importance, God can only deem him worthy of being banished eternally from his presence. Stand before God without seeing the wedding dress, without this flawless and infinitely perfect justice that Christ is for anyone who believes, it is to expose himself to the righteous indignation of the King of kings: he must lower such a man whose sentence can only be : "Bind–the feet and hands, take him away, and throw him into the darkness of out; There will be the weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 22:13). How great this lowering will be, source of bitter and eternal suffering! On the other hand, "the one who lowers will be high". Such men do not defend their own opinions in the things of God. They don't brag about their own talents or their own successes. They believe that "God is greater than man". They leave aside their own ideas. They leave to God the rightful place. They bow their ears to him and listen to his word. Taught by his spirit, and enlightened by the word of truth, they acknowledge that all their righteousness are similar to rags, and confess that they are unclean and lost. These are such souls that God will raise, for "from the dust he lifts the wretch, from above the manure he raises the poor, to make them sit down with the nobles; And he gives them in inheritance a throne of glory (1 Samuel 2:8). From here, they receive "the Oil of joy instead of mourning, a garment of praise instead of a dejected spirit" (Isa. 61:3). They are aware of being raised above the vile pleasures of carnal lusts, to enjoy communion with the father and with his son Jesus Christ. From here they are delivered from their condition as slaves of Satan, to taste their freedom of children in the presence of God. And when the Lord Jesus returns, while many will be left here to undergo his terrible judgments, they shall be brought up and share his reign of glory. They will see his face, they shall be similar to him and share his glory forever. What a holy and perfect elevation, and what an immutable happiness!