THE POWER TO SAVE
We looked at the condition of man yesterday; a sin condition that has condemned mankind to eternal death. For us to be released from this judgment of God, there had to be a basis and power that was greater than our condemnation. Since the human race was infected by sin, God sent His sinless Son with the power to break the sting of sin through cleaning and make us righteous and reconciled with God.
Paul knew this sin-breaking power and loves to proclaim it in the gospel. Notice the way he presents it in this passage: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16).
The world considers this message foolish, only because it has never known its power. Paul contrasts the wisdom of the world with the wisdom of God in the gospel. “Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe” (1 Corinthians 1:20–21).
David knew that you had to taste and see what the Lord offered before you realized it was good (Psalm 34:8). Otherwise, the salvation of the Lord will seem foolish to the human mind and heart. When we accept the message of the gospel, we will experience its power. Until then, it remains a foolish idea. This is where we need to rely more thoroughly on the Holy Spirit to work in those who hear so they will be opened by Him to see their need and the gospels power.
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