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A Plain And Equalizing Message


"When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus" (Acts 4:13).

Two more reasons why we can see that the gospel message is for us common folks today. Yesterday it was all about its availability to everyone, so lets build on that today. In today's verse, the people of the Sanhedrin are amazed by one very special and interesting thing. The Sanhedrin represented the educated men of the day, but it was plain that Peter and John were cut from a different piece of cloth... "and they realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men..." It would seem that the message of Jesus was so simple, that it did not have to be entrusted to the educated hierarchy of the day. Regular, common guys like Peter and John could deliver and defend it. Secondly, there is another very cool thing about the gospel message. When the disciples asked Jesus who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, this was his reply..."Whoever humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven" (Matt.18:4). This aspect of the gospel message to the common man is denoted by its equalizing nature. In Jesus' world, a person as humble as a little child can be great. James takes this just a bit farther in his epistle when he writes this; "Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you" (4:10). Jesus promises to exalt those who are humble, making His saving message the greatest equalizer there has ever been. Plain and equalizing are a superlative combination...

Have a wonderful day... Make your little part of the world better.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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