The Self Must Decrease

For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he is deluding himself. (Galatians 6:3)

For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted."
(Luke 14:11)

For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every foul practice.
(James 3:16)

If anyone cleanses himself of these things, he will be a vessel for lofty use, dedicated, beneficial to the master of the house, ready for every good work.
(2 Timothy 2:21)

He must increase; I must decrease."
(John 3:30)

We know that our old self was crucified with Him, so that our sinful body might be done away with, that we might no longer be in slavery to sin.
(Romans 6:6)

You should put away the old self of your former way of life, corrupted through deceitful desires; be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created in God's way in righteousness and holiness of truth.
(Ephesians 4:22-24)

Then He said to all, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me."
(Luke 9:23)

Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, He emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, He humbled Himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.
(Philippians 2:5-8)

Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life.
(John 12:24-25)


(c) Paul Buis, 2005