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 not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”- 1 Corinthians 27-31 ESV
AND BECAUSE OF HIM….It is all about HIM! When we realize that God has done all the ‘heavy lifting’- what could we possibly take credit for? I love the words of Josiah Conder: “Tis not that I did choose Thee. For Lord, that could not be; This heart would still refuse Thee. Hadst; Thou not chosen me…. My heart owns none before Thee, For thy rich grace I thirst; This knowing, if I love Thee, Thou must have loved me first.” For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. (Romans 8:29-30)
Leader, this is where the church is unlike the world. God uses the broken, the unimpressive to do his work! The Holy Spirits job is to do the will of God the Father on this planet. He uses God’s people, and God’s creations to do this. One of the reasons He does this is to turn the ‘WORLDS’ system, upside down. But, more importantly is so there is NO SHARED GLORY! John 6:65, Jesus says, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.” even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will. (Ephesians 1:4-5)
Conduit, We must KEEP IT SIMPLE SOLDIER! The Protestant Reformation of the 16th century changed Christianity forever. Roused to action by the corruption and abuses they saw in the Roman Catholic church of the time, visionary pastors and leaders like Martin Luther and John Calvin spearheaded a movement that transformed Christianity and eventually led to the emergence of the Protestant denominations that exist today. The Reformers were guided by the conviction that the church of their day had drifted away from the essential, original teachings of Christianity, especially in regard to what it was teaching about salvation—how people can be forgiven of sin through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and receive eternal life with God. The Reformation sought to re-orient Christianity on the original message of Jesus and the early church. The Five Solas are five Latin phrases (or slogans) that emerged during the Reformation to summarize the Reformers’ theological convictions about the essentials of Christianity. Sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”), Sola Fide (“faith alone”), Sola Gratia (“grace alone”), Solus Christus (“Christ alone”), and Soli Deo Gloria (“to the glory of God alone”). The Time is NOW to get back to the basics! Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!