“Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind.”
“taking delight in false humility”
There is nothing in the word “humility” to indicate that it is false. The context indicates that it is a false humility. We might render “humility” as “subjection to.” The idea is abject worship of angels. This is pretense of humility but they are proud people.
Worship of angels has the appearance of modesty or humility as if we are unworthy to talk to God ourselves. It was a humility of their own making, not a humility commanded from God. These notions were purely the inventions of men and not from the Bible (Isa. 8:20; I Cor. 4:6). Therefore, this whole thing was phony. It detracted from the mediation of Christ for our sins. Religious pride makes man presume upon the Word of God.
Many are impressed with what they give up for God. If they suffer for God, this is supposed to impress God. God is in the business of making provisions for us. He calls this the principle of grace. Bona fide humility is when we recognize that what we have is from God. All of us have a streak of asceticism that is usually brought to the surface when some horrible experience comes our way.
Spiritual pride is the most difficult pride to correct.
There are those who say that “I would never presume for sure that I know that I am going to heaven. No one can know that for sure. We will not know whether we qualify until we get there. I would not have the audacity to claim I know I am going there.” That is a mock humility. It is unvarnished, unbelief in the Bible.
The Bible states flatly that we can know we are going to heaven,
“And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God” (I John 5:11-13).
Phony self-effacement appears spiritual but it is not true humility. True humility focuses upon God and his grace (provisions) to us. False humility draws attention to self.