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ANNOUNCING THE PLAN
We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory.
1 Corinthians 2:7
Christian preaching announces a plan and a purpose. "Where do you find that?" asks someone. Well, look at Mark 1:14: "Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled." The Bible says that God had made this plan even before the foundation of the world itself. The apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2:7, "We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory." That is it.
That is the essence of this proclamation that is being made, the essence of Christian preaching. It does not say to us, "There is truth in that uncharted ocean...get out onto it, take your soundings, try to get your bearings, try to find out. Yes, you have discovered a little bit! You may go for weeks and find nothing; months, years pass, then just another little glimmer. But at last....ah, it won't happen in your time; it will happen perhaps in your grandchildren's, or it may be even longer than that. But go on, it is marvelous, keep on."
No! Christian preaching is the exact opposite to that. The message of the Bible is not to urge us to try to find truth; it is to ask us to listen to the truth, to God's truth. For its whole point is to say that God, knowing Himself, knowing man, knowing everything, has devised and schemed a plan whereby men and women can be delivered out of their failure and sin and can be made citizens and worthy citizens of God's kingdom. This is God's plan!
We are also told that God made this plan known. "God...hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son" (Hebrews 1:1-2).
A Thought to Ponder
The message of the Bible is to ask us to listen to the truth, to God's truth.
From The Kingdom of God, pp. 14-15.
Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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