“I will make them angry by a foolish nation” – God
The foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom of men. 1 Cor 1:25
He has chosen the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. 1 Cor 1:27
For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like men condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men. We are fools for Christ… 1Cor 4:10
This portion of the site is for those who, by no merit of their own, have within them that same Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the grave. It is for those who know, in their hearts, that He who knew no sin became sin, so that we who had previously known no righteousness might become the righteousness of God in Christ.
From the book of Revelation, we know that Jesus was the “lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” Within the heart of God, there always has been and always will be the willingness to lay down His life for the undeserving. The fall of Adam did not take God by surprise but rather gave Him an opportunity to display His love for mankind and His genius in bringing it to light at just the right time.
Likewise, the demand for the crucifixion of Jesus by His chosen nation was anticipated by God before the creation of the world and works both to bring salvation from the power of sin to the whole world, and to reduce Israel to utter dependence upon the love, mercy and unmerited favor of God, thus making them eligible to be a nation of compassionate priests to the nations of the earth, when they see Him whom they have pierced and repent.
Our job, after we have been filled with God’s own Spirit (that same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead) is to proclaim this message to yet unwilling hearers and bear the consequences in love. One example for us is Stephen, who was full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and did mighty works among the people that attracted the envy and false accusations that ultimately brought him before the same men that had Jesus crucified. His Spirit inspired words, sharper than any two-edged sword, quickly brought him the same reward that Jesus earned: death to the world but life unto God. It also released God to appear supernaturally unto Saul of Tarsus on the road to Damascus.
So, we may not be able to see or boast in the results of our ministry on this side of heaven, which requires the faith of the Son of God and the same Spirit that raised Him from the dead, all the more.
Thank you for visiting this site. I hope you leave this site with a renewed love for the purposes of God for your life, for the lives of His ancient people, and for those who are perishing everywhere.