alien righteousness

Weak and Despised – Michael Horton

Isn’t that the paradox of it all? This isn’t just whimsical blind faith, folks, two thousand years ago God proved it, God proved the theology of the cross by the cross. There at that moment all the wisest people in the world knew for certain what was happening to Jesus their common sense and their experience told them so, and they were very wise men, and they were completely wrong. God completely outwitted the world and Satan on the day where it looked like He was the most foolish, and really took the biggest loss that He had ever had. The day God lost, He won. The headlines just got it wrong. Your headlines when your suffering will always be suspect, your headlines will probably get it wrong even as a Christian more often than they get it right, and that’s why we go back to the cross, we go back to the promise, something outside of us anchored in what God has done, not in ourselves, something anchored in what happened to us. That’s the theology of the cross versus the theology of glory…

Finally, What the Cross tells us is that we look for God in powerful places, when He is actually to be found in the weak places. We look for God in powerful nations, we look for God in powerful lives. We look for God in health, wealth and happiness, surely he or she must be blessed by God because of what they have done for the Kingdom, or what have you. We look for God there, but the truth is the Cross proves this brothers and sisters, God is exactly where we say by our experience He is not. He is more present in suffering than He is in health. He is more present when we think He is absent. He is more gracious toward us He is more present in his mercy in his condescending Grace, transforming us into his likeness, precisely when we think that His face is against us, precisely when we think he is furthest from us; for the word of the cross says Paul is folly for those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God, for it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will fort. Where is the one who is wise, where is the scribe, has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For sense in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom placed God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and wonders and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Greeks but those who are called both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and weakness of God is stronger than men, consider your own calling, not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth, but God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise. God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong. God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are nothing to bring to nothing things that are. So that no human being may ever boast in the presence of God, now, that is Good News for losers, let us pray.

Michael Horton in “Good News For Losers.”

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