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“that, as it is written, “‘He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.'”


This verse excludes all human achievements from God’s plan of salvation.


The purpose of God’s wisdom of salvation is to glorify God through Christ.

as it is written,

The following phrase is a free quotation from Jeremiah 9:24. Jeremiah did not want Israel to brag about human wisdom, strength, or riches, for these things are temporary. Instead, Israel should boast only to the degree that they understand and know God.

“He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”

The true basis for glorying is God’s grace in providing salvation from His viewpoint. The believer’s boast is in God, who works from something already known and self-evident to reveal conclusions in the Bible (apriority). Man can never experience all that God knows and experiences. That is why man must accept God’s deductive conclusions, for he can discover it with his finiteness.


Nothing is so humbling to man than that he does not have the power to find God independently.


God reveals His grace through the wisdom of the person and the work of Christ. We cannot brag in the finite limitations of man who seeks to discover truth inductively (a posteriori).

Man cannot work his way from the effect to the cause because the cause is infinite. Man does not have the capacity to comprehend God exhaustively to evaluate Him fully. Man must accept God’s deductive conclusions from the revelation of the scriptures. That is why we glory in the Lord rather than in finite man.