Simple Minds

The grace of God is evident to all believers in this way: He provides the faith to believe the gospel. Most of us are not naturally drawn to follow others, much less the demanding form of discipleship required by Jesus Christ. Left to our own devices we tend to be worshippers of self. In 1 Corinthians 1:26–31 Paul reminds the gifted but immature Corinthian believers that they are not wise, powerful, or noble, but God graciously chose to impose believe on them. These foolish, weak, lowly nothings will shame the wise, strong, and important people who are pursuing significance in anything but the truth of the gospel. God intercedes on their behalf and becomes their wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, so he alone gets the glory for salvation. Simple minds are granted divine awareness and a compelling desire to believe and obey, resulting in peace and divine blessing. Knowledge is vital, but so is belief, and belief has different forms. James says the demons believe and shutter (James 2:19). They have belief, but no hope. The belief that saves is the one that results in hope, trust, repentance, and joy. It is not limited to intellectual. There is no aptitude test required.

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