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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 5786 ambition, negative aspects of
5786 ambition, negative aspects of

5786 ambition, negative aspects of

In its negative sense, ambition is the pursuit of personal status and fortune, which is contrary to the purposes of God as expressed in Scripture.

Selfish ambition: a desire for personal aggrandisement

Mk 10:36-37 See also Ge 11:4 the men of Babel; 2Sa 15:1-4 Absalom; 1Ki 1:5 Adonijah; Isa 14:13-14 the king of Babylon; Eze 28:2 the ruler of Tyre; Da 11:36-38; Mic 7:3; Hab 2:4-5; Mt 20:21; Lk 22:24; Php 1:17; 2Th 2:4-7 the antichrist

Selfish ambition arises from fallen human nature

Gal 5:19-21 See also Pr 6:18; Eph 2:3; 1Jn 2:16

The results of selfish ambition

Humiliation by God Mt 23:12

The believer becomes spiritually unproductive See also Mk 4:18-19; Jas 3:14-16

Warnings against selfish ambition

Php 2:3 See also Jer 45:5 God’s word to Baruch

See also

5541society, negative
5869greed
6133coveting
8777lust
8804pride, examples
8827selfishness
8848worldliness

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