A lost person’s confidence

Proverbs 21:22 A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.

In times past, cities would be protected by walls. The walls would protect the city from invasion – from destruction. In another proverb, we are told he that winneth souls is wise. A soul-winner is a wise man. In this proverb, a lost person is likened unto a city with walls. People inside the city have confidence that the walls will keep them safe – will deliver them from certain death. A lost person has confidence that his or her good works will keep him or her safe – will deliver him or her from certain condemnation. A wise man – a soul-winner – will scale the walls and show the lost person that confidence in dead works is not strong at all.

How do we show that confidence in dead works is weak? We need to show the sinner his or her guiltiness before God. We need to turn the looking-glass of God’s law on the sinner so he or she can see him or herself as God does. Once the sinner sees what God sees, then the sinner will lose confidence in the strength of his or her works and will turn to God – to the Lord Jesus Christ – for deliverance.

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