Friday, October 29, 2010

The stupor of unbelief

But when God takes in hand the reliability of the witnesses, the courage of their preaching, the futility of the opposition, the effects of the Gospel, the coherence of the message, the all-embracing sufficiency of the Christian worldview, and the spiritual glory of Jesus Christ—when God takes all this and more in hand, he is able to open the mind of the most resistant skeptic. When God wakens us from the stupor of unbelief and shines into our mind with “the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:4, 6), what we see, along with the terrible splendor of his suffering, is the grandeur of his resurrection. (Piper, John. Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2004. Print. 108)

It is all there; historical proof, logical deductions, coherence, intelligibility, an encompassing worldview, even the glory. But we still need the wakening power of God to remove "the stupor of unbelief." Thank God for his powerful, regenerating work in our lives!

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