The Foolishness of God in the Cross is Wiser than the Wisdom of the World

The foolishness of God in the cross is wiser than the wisdom of the world.  The righteousness that avails before God is being claimed by the crucified and resurrected Christ.  It is not like accomplishing something but like dying and coming to life.  It is not like earning something but more like falling in love.  It is not the attainment  of a long-sought goal, the arrival at the end of a process, but the beginning of something absolutely new, something never before heard of or entertained…

Grace says, “Believe it” and everything — EVERYTHING! — is already done.  It is the creative Word of God.  If that doesn’t work then nothing will…The theologian of the cross knows that the love of God creates precisely out of nothing.  Therefore the sinner must be reduced to nothing in order to be saved…[This] is the hope of the resurrection.  God brings life out of death.  He calls into being that which is from that which is not.  In order that there be a resurrection, the sinner must die.  All presumption must be ended.  The truth must be seen

– Gerhard Forde

as quoted by Tchividjian, Tullian; Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free; David C Cook Publishers, Copyright 2013, Kindle Edition, page 148

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A Theology of Glory

A theology of glory…operates on the assumption that what we need is optimistic encouragement, some flattery, some positive thinking, some support to build our self-esteem.  Theologically speaking, it operates on the assumption that we are not seriously addicted to sin, and that our improvement is both necessary and possible.  We need a little boost in our desire to do good works…But the hallmark of a theology of glory is that it will always consider grace as something of a supplement to whatever is left of human will and power.

– Gerhard Ford

as quoted by Tchividjian, Tullian; Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free; David C Cook Publishers, Copyright 2013, Kindle Edition, page 31