Wednesday, 18 July 2012

The meek - and weak - shall inherit the earth

Paul's emphasis (1 Corinthians) is that God's power operates only in the salvation of the weak. Therefore, if the strong hope to be saved, they must acknowledge their weakness. Otherwise the grace of God cannot reach them. As Jesus put it, the kingdom of God belongs only to to children. If therefore adults want to enter it, they have to become like children themselves (Mark 19:13ff)

Luther understood this well. He wrote:
Only the prisoner shall be free;
Only the poor shall be rich;
On,y the weak shall be strong;
Only the humble exalted;
Only the empty filled;
Only nothing shall be something.

John Stott: Calling Christian Leaders p52

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