GOD’S WISDOM: ESTABLISH HIS GOVERNMENT ON VOLUNTARY WEAKNESS (MEEKNESS)
- The message of the cross is a 2-fold message. First, is the message that Jesus died on the cross. Second, that a true believer must embrace the cross as the normal Kingdom lifestyle.18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us…it is (it is the way to experience) the power of God… 21 It pleased God through the (so-called) foolishness of the message preached to save (empower) those who believe… (1 Cor. 1:18-21)
- Jesus on the cross gave us an entry into the Kingdom. We embrace it as the way of the Kingdom.24 Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” (Mt. 16:24)
- The cross as a lifestyle is a stumbling block and seems foolish to many in the Church today.23 We preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness… 25 Because the (so-called) foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the (so-called) weakness of God is stronger than men… (1 Cor. 1:23-25)
- The humility of God is an amazing truth. Humility is the way of the Kingdom forever. The wisdom of meekness is the way we initially receive our salvation (justification) and the way we walk it out (sanctification).27 God has chosen the (so-called) foolish things of the world to put to shame the (so-called) wise, and God has chosen the (so-called) weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are (so-called) mighty…29 that no flesh should glory in His presence… 31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.” (1 Cor. 1:27-31)
- Jesus embraced a life of weakness while on the earth.3 “He (the Father) said to me (Jesus), ‘You are My servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.’ 4 Then I said, ‘I have labored in vain (from men’s point of view), I have spent my strength for nothing and in vain; yet surely my just reward is with the LORD.” (Isa. 49:3-4)
- God triumphed over darkness by a human carpenter dying on a cross for others. Jesus triumphed over Satan as a man in this fallen natural world (not as God who stayed in heaven, Phil. 2:6-11).
- Jesus triumphed as a human carpenter not as a human king. Jesus triumphed by obeying in embracing weakness not by asserting His power over others. Jesus triumphed by dying on earth not reigning over others (first coming). Jesus triumphed by dying for others.