We don’t have to ask Jesus to forgive our sins; He’s already done it. Paul didn’t tell the Philippian jailor to ask Jesus to forgive him; Paul told him to believe on what Jesus had already done and he would be saved (Acts 16:31). We confess the Lord Jesus, not our sins, to receive this gift of salvation (Rom. 10:9).
Does that mean everyone in the whole world is saved? Certainly not. We have to receive forgiveness by faith (Acts 26:18). The Lord has already forgiven everyone’s sins (1 John 2:2). That’s grace. But we have to put faith in what He has already accomplished by grace to be saved (Eph. 2:8).
One of the biggest problems is religion’s misuse of the Law—this has done tremendous damage to the world’s image of God. Proper use of the Law drives us to God for mercy and not away from God in guilt and condemnation. Once we come to Jesus and receive salvation as a gift (Rom. 6:23), we are no longer under the Law but under grace (Rom. 6:14).
God always wanted to relate to us by grace, but He couldn’t just look the other way and ignore sin. The debt for sin had to be paid—that’s why Jesus came and suffered all of God’s wrath against the sin of mankind (John 12:32). Those who receive God’s grace by accepting salvation as a gift by faith in Jesus no longer have wrath against them.
If you are grateful for what Jesus did for you, comment “Hallelujah!” below.
Utilize all that God has given you, including your imagination! Don’t underestimate this powerful force! And don’t be like the lost who only use their imaginations in negative ways, as explained in Romans 1:21, “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”
When you meditate on the Word of God, you train your imagination to be used in positive ways. Positive imagination can erase any self-defeating idea that you wrongly believe about yourself. Use your imagination to build a picture of yourself doing all that God has called you to do and living in the abundant blessings He has intended for you!
In 1 Corinthians 1:26, Paul didn’t say that no wise people were called; he said that not many were called.
Paul himself was probably one of the smartest people of his day. He was educated by one of the greatest leaders of the Jews. And he spoke Greek and Hebrew fluently, which was exceptional for his time. Therefore, the man who wrote this verse would certainly fit into the category that he was denouncing.
The Lord has not put a premium on ignorance. It is just that most of those who are wise and respected in the eyes of the world are swelled up with pride and depend on their own abilities. Those who have plenty of talents and abilities have plenty to give up. Those who are nothing and know they are nothing will find it easier to transfer all their dependency to the Lord.
If those considered wise by human standards will humble themselves and depend on God’s wisdom, then God will use them the same as He did Paul.