Hello and welcome to season 3 episode 19 of The Berean Manifesto, 10 minutes or so a week of Faith, Hope, and Love for the Modern Christian.  I’m Pastor Bill of The Ekklesian House and in this installment we are going to be talking about the foolishness of the Gospel.

Before I get lynched let’s start with 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 CSB, “[18] For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is the power of God to us who are being saved. [19] For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will set aside the intelligence of the intelligent. [20] Where is the one who is wise? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the debater of this age? Hasn’t God made the world’s wisdom foolish? [21] For since, in God’s wisdom, the world did not know God through wisdom, God was pleased to save those who believe through the foolishness of what is preached. [22] For the Jews ask for signs and the Greeks seek wisdom, [23] but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles. [24] Yet to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God, [25] because God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.”

In Acts 4 Peter and John are on trial for preaching about the resurrection of Jesus and healing a disabled man.  We’re looking at Acts 4:13-22 CSB, “[13] When they observed the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed and recognized that they had been with Jesus. [14] And since they saw the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say in opposition. [15] After they ordered them to leave the Sanhedrin, they conferred among themselves, [16] saying, ‘What should we do with these men? For an obvious sign has been done through them, clear to everyone living in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. [17] But so that this does not spread any further among the people, let’s threaten them against speaking to anyone in this name again.’ [18] So they called for them and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. [19] Peter and John answered them, ‘Whether it’s right in the sight of God for us to listen to you rather than to God, you decide; [20] for we are unable to stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.’ [21] After threatening them further, they released them. They found no way to punish them because the people were all giving glory to God over what had been done. [22] For this sign of healing had been performed on a man over forty years old.”

(*Sarcasm Alert*) Don’t you love how elegant Bible translations phrase things sometimes? (*Alert Concluded*) That phrase, “uneducated and untrained men,” is actually more literally stated as, “illiterate idiots.”  When they observed the boldness of these illiterate idiots they were amazed and recognized they had been with Jesus.  They were amazed because there was no theological or logical flaw to be found in their argument.

You see Jesus surrounded himself with illiterate idiots for the same reason that God didn’t remove the thorn in Paul’s side.  2 Corinthians 12:6-10 CSB says, “[6] For if I want to boast, I wouldn’t be a fool, because I would be telling the truth.  But I will spare you, so that no one can credit me with something beyond what he sees in me or hears from me, [7] especially because of the extraordinary revelations.  Therefore, so that I would not exalt myself, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to torment me so that I would not exalt myself.  [8] Concerning this, I pleaded with the Lord three times that it would leave me.  [9] But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.’  Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.  [10] So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and in difficulties, for the sake of Christ.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

1 Corinthians 1:26-31 CSB does a good job of summing up who we are as followers of the Gospel, “[26] Brothers and sisters, consider your calling: Not many were wise from a human perspective, not many powerful, not many of noble birth. [27] Instead, God has chosen what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen what is weak in the world to shame the strong. [28] God has chosen what is insignificant and despised in the world—what is viewed as nothing—to bring to nothing what is viewed as something, [29] so that no one may boast in his presence. [30] It is from him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became wisdom from God for us—our righteousness, sanctification, and redemption— [31] in order that, as it is written: Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

As Christians, we are never stronger than when we are moving in ways that require full faith and reliance on the strength of Christ.  Never stronger than when we are forced to rely fully on God for every breath.  Most of you within the reach of this podcast, have never known a life where you had to fully rely on God.  The current discomfort you find yourself in will pass.

This is Pastor Bill saying, “Until next time…”

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