One of my favorite and one of my students’ favorite speeches to hear me make is the “ignorant or stupid” talk that I regularly repeat throughout a course. “Ignorant is not knowing”, I say, “but stupid is hearing, not understanding and yet acting like you know or worse pretending like there isn’t a problem with your understanding!” God doesn’t mind ignorant – but I am pretty sure He has a problem with stupid!
“I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, and in this way all Israel will be saved. As it is written:
“The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.” Romans 11:25-27
The path to Not being conceited is to understand where ALL Righteousness comes from – and Not going back to being stupid to the idea that you have any apart from Him!
In case you missed it, “The deliverer will come from Zion” and Jesus was His name! He turned, “godlessness away from Jacob” and took, “away their sins.” This all happened because of the new “covenant” and the very ones He came for got a hardening of the heart so that you and I – we chosen band of dirty Gentile Infidels could be made a part of God Almighty – Never to be separated!
God had ALL this planned out and the law worked then as it works now – causing condemnation or self-righteous arrogance which tries to say that Jesus and His Righteousness isn’t enough or isn’t complete or in other words cause a lack of doubt about the cross and ALL Jesus did!
Your choice – ignorant or stupid but if you have read this far ignorance is no longer an option! Oops did I forget to mention that!
Two of my favorite breakfast animals are the chicken and the pig – know the difference – the chicken is dedicated but the pig is 100% committed All in to it!
It’s time to be a pig! It’s time to be 100% about Faith in Christ Alone – The Author of the New Covenant, The Righteousness that made you 100% clean and pure as the new driven snow Forever more so that you can approach the thrown of God with confidence based Solely and SOULY on your Faith in Him – The One Jesus Christ Who turned Godlessness Away from you by removing the law and placing you under Grace!
He did not come to abolish the law just my position and connection to it by fulfilling it Completely for ALL who Believe in His Name!