In 1 Corinthians 1, Paul discusses the fact that "ordinary folk" make up most of the Christian population. He says, "not many noble, not many powerful, not many wise" people become Christians.
We wonder, "Why is that?" and he explains it for us, so that we can fully understand what is happening.
The first premise is that from the outside, the Gospel (that Jesus died for our sins, rose again, and lives now at the right hand of God--and that if you believe in Him you will be forgiven and have eternal life)--that message is inherently nonsensical unless you have a spiritual understanding. He says, "for the message of the Cross (death of Jesus) is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are saved it is the power of God."
The explanation is this: The Gospel is a revelation, both in the sense that it comes as a general statement to everyone who hears it: "God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish, but have everlasting life;" it's also a specific revelation, to people who want to know God, and are willing to turn to Him. When you don't believe, the Gospel seems kind of silly. A man 2000 (or so) years ago died. He died for you, so you could have eternal life. If you believe in Him, you GET eternal life.
Not very logical, unless, and if, you have that "specific revelation" which shows it to be true to and for you.
If you are a Christian, this is a huge source of frustration, because you can't just "tell people the Gospel," and have them believe it, since it seems silly to them.
On the other hand, if you're not a Christian, you may be saying, "Yeah, it's really stupid, but I can't tell my friends that, because I respect them..."
I have a suggestion for both. If you don't "get" the Gospel, ask God to show you if it's true. Doesn't even matter if you believe in God. You can be completely atheist, and still ask. If God's not there, you have a great confirmation of your atheism. If He is, wouldn't you want to know?
If you are a Christian, ask God to reveal Himself to you again, and to strengthen you in your faith. Believing in God and His Son Jesus is a difficult thing at best, because our values run counter to so much in the world we inhabit. constant communication helps.
Ever wonder what God might have to say to YOU today? Here are things to ponder, and things to receive into your heart. If you have a question, put it in the comments. I respond as much as I can.
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Friday, September 12, 2014
Foolish but Wise, Weak but Powerful...
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