Learning from the Little Ones

If you take a step back and look at the ministry of Jesus from a birds-eye view, that is to say to look at the themes that were characteristic of his teaching, there were many themes that he loved to preach and teach about. He preached about the kingdom, he preached about money, he preached about heaven and hell and judgment, he preached about discipleship, he preached about righteousness and hypocrisy, and he preached about repentance.

One characteristic in all of his teaching, however was that his preaching was that he was teaching as one with authority. His teaching came across as fresh, and it was commonly upending the established ways of thinking about God, man, and salvation, and replacing it with a true perspective.

Today is yet another sermon following that pattern. Jesus is dismantling and replacing a natural, fleshly perspective on how we value ourselves and others. 

It is a natural human perspective on life to value, prioritize and esteem yourself, and to use others to get what you want, or to view them as threats to what you want for your life. Your convictions (i.e., what you truly believe) about yourself is evidenced in your assessment and practice as it relates to others. In other words, you learn a great deal about your heart in how you regard others around you.

Jesus has been pointing this out to the disciples for some time now. They have a massive vulnerability in this area. It’s a weak spot. Just think with me about how this has been an undercurrent as we have been following Mark’s train of thought in the lessons Jesus has been teaching the men:

  • Peers (9:30-37) competing with our friends, wanting to be served rather than to serve
  • Outsiders (9:38-50) viewing people of a different tribe as competitors rather than comrades
  • Women (10:1-12) gender distinctions and men viewing themselves as superior to women (different standards)
  • Children (10:13-16) value deriving from what you can contribute (if you can pull your own weight)
  • Wealthy (10:17-31) those who have made it from an earthly perspective are more important, or a sign of spiritual blessing
  • Peers (10:32-45) competing with our friends, wanting to be served rather than to serve

The bottom-line if you will, is that Jesus assess and values people differently than we do. Jesus doesn’t value people based upon their contributions, their accomplishments, their job title or position, in fact he doesn’t really care about how you stack up vis-à-vis someone else in terms of intelligence, or finances, or social skills, or spiritual gifting. He determined those things and nowhere does Scripture teach that God sees those things as valuable or important.

In fact, the Bible teaches the opposite.

1 Corinthians 1:26–31—26 For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; 27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, 28 and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, 

God specifically chooses people to belong to him who aren’t impressive by the world’s standards. Not many wise: most of you are not highly educated and of average intelligence; not many mighty: impressive individuals in terms of physical feature and abilities; not many noble: few aristocrats and wealthy people or social elites (i.e., popular people).

God chose the things that are not. God finds foolish, weak, based and despised people to be in his kingdom. Why?

so that He may nullify the things that are, 29 so that no man may boast before God. 

I don’t want anyone confused on what builds my kingdom.

(30) But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, 31 so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”

God’s value system is different that the world’s. God values people whom the world disregards. And a crystal-clear example of this principle comes in the treatment of children. 

Natural society disregards children. 

I don’t mean that every individual disregards children. We have agencies such as DHS that works to protect children. We prosecute and give consequences to people who harm children. There are efforts to educate children and massive amounts of money spent on that endeavor.

It is inconsistent though. Since 1980 in the United States alone over 60 million babies have been put to death while still in their mother’s womb. Countries with overpopulation challenges have coerced their people into having abortions, and now are trying to deal with the aftermath. This year it was reported that India is missing 60 million girls. For every six boys born there are only five girls. Why?

Well with the so-called protection of women’s rights in granting abortions comes the most twisted part of the lie. Abortion doesn’t treat boys and girls equally. Boys are considered more valuable when it comes to the ability to carry on the family business or work around the home or avoid paying the dowry. 

You have pro-abortion people trying to figure out how to keep abortion legal, while stopping this practice. 63 million missing women in India alone. China has the same problem.

And it doesn’t just show up in gender selection. It shows up in terminating pregnancies due to birth defects. Denmark screens for downsyndrome prenatally. You know how many babies with downsyndrome are born? 2%. The other 98% are killed before they are born.

We whitewash abortion as protecting the poor, protecting the underprivileged, but it harms those people. 

And it isn’t just abortion. 

An article in the Washington Post last year recorded that demographers and economists are starting to sound the alarm that the economic future of our country (our tax revenue model) depends on a higher birth rate than what is taking place right now. As millennials put off having children there is panic that if the trend continues, the United States econmy is in jeapordy.

What’s the concern? Moral? No, follow the money. 

It’s why countries like Japan and China who have discouraged having big families are trying to from the governmental perspective change that. Their economies need children now.

Well, sadly on this topic, there is nothing new under the sun.

The only difference in the first century, the context for our passage today is that there were no ultrasounds and no genetic testing and no abortion clinics. But the same pressures existed. Children were a financial liability for families… another mouth to feed. Boys were preferred to girls.

And so, without the technology the practice was to expose unwanted children. The practice was to give birth and then leave an unwanted child on a garbage pile somewhere to fend for itself. Jewish society didn’t practice this the same way as was done in Rome.

Famous letter of a man writing home to his pregnant wife in the first century saying, “If you bear a child: if it is a boy, keep it; if it is a girl, throw it out.”

Natural society disregards children. Children are viewed from a position of economics and convenience. 

God hates that view of children. God says that children are a gift. Children are a blessing. Children are a reward and an inheritance. The irony to me is always that no adult ever skipped childhood, so it’s where we all started.

Today Jesus is going to challenge the status quo as it pertains to children. I titled this Learning Lessons from Little Ones because there are multiple lessons going on here. This isn’t just a lesson on loving little people. That’s part of the text. God loves children as we will see today.

But this passage is also very clearly about discipleship. There’s teaching about becoming a Christian and what it means to relate to the Lord Jesus Christ as a disciple. There’s teaching broadly about the value and worth of others, that when it comes to other humans you can’t value a book by the dust jacket.

So today Jesus is absolutely going to teach us about how much he loves children, and beyond that how children demonstrate principles of God’s kingdom. These were important lessons for the disciples to learn, and now you and I as well.

4 Activities as Jesus Captures a Teachable Moment with Youngsters

  1. Jesus chastises the disciples for dismissing them (13-14a)
  2. Jesus clarifies his perspective concerning them (14b)
  3. Jesus capitalizes on them for an object lesson (15)
  4. Jesus cares for them personally and spiritually (16)

Mark 10:13–16—13 And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 “Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” 16 And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them.

4 Activities as Jesus Captures a Teachable Moment with Youngsters

  1. Jesus chastises the disciples for dismissing them (13-14a)

The word dismissing is carefully chosen. The disciples are going to be dismissive of these children practically, because they are dismissing them based upon their internal value system of what constitutes those who are worthy and those who are not.

(13) And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; 

Unusual way to start a story for Mark. We are used to getting the details of who the players are. Who is there and who isn’t. The location where the events take place. No markers here, so obviously those details aren’t necessary for our understanding of this passage.

We could safely say we probably aren’t in the house anymore, but other than that we are in the dark.

So, Mark gives us the scene. Jesus is doing something right now—he is preoccupied. He could be resting, reading, praying, teaching. We aren’t sure. Seems most likely that he is ministering in some way publicly. And while he is doing ministry, usually teaching, there is a line forming.

We aren’t told who the they are. But some group of unidentified people are bringing children to see Jesus. Could be the parents or the grandparents. Could be older siblings or nannies. But we are talking about little ones here.

Mark uses παιδία here for children, which may refer to newborns to children before puberty. Philo of Alexandria referenced παιδία as little ones, ‘up to seven years.’ 

Jesus is going to take these children into his arms on his lap. That’s not happening with a twelve-year-old. So, they are kiddos. That’s why we are adopting the word youngsters. 

We use the term children broadly without necessarily specifiying an age, but rather identifying a relationship. For example, I will always be one of my parent’s children, but I haven’t been a youngster for a long-time.

The verbal idea of were bringing denotes that this isn’t a one-time event in the ministry of Jesus. And the purpose for the line of babies is…

so that He might touch them; 

Jesus, the famous miracle-man, authoritative teacher, prophet-from-God is in town, and everybody wants a piece of the action. You love the kiddos and so you want to take them for the life-changing opportunity of being touched by someone so spiritual.

Remember the woman with the issue of blood back in Chapter 5? What was she thinking?

Mark 5:28—For she thought, “If I just touch His garments, I will get well.”

Something good has got to happen. 

They aren’t asking for handouts. They aren’t asking for money or free food. They aren’t asking for personal counseling. 

All they want is for the Son of God to bless their children. Touching was related to blessing. Pray a prayer that God would show favor upon these kids.  Pray for their development. Pray for their career. Pray for their future family. Pray for their protection. But most of all, pray for their salvation, and their growth in the Gospel. A totally appropriate request.

So, there you are… one of the they, standing in the prayer-line waiting with your kids. And all of a sudden you encounter a problem.

but the disciples rebuked them. 

They rebuked them.

A rebuke is a sharp correction. Same rebuke that Peter gave Jesus when Jesus said he was going to suffer and die in (8:32) and Peter told him to stop talking and stand down. The same rebuke that Jesus gave Peter after hearing this nonsense (8:33), calling him Satan! 

Jesus has also rebuked demons and rebuked the raging wind and waves. In each case this is shutting someone or something down. In each of these contexts you are correcting something bad and trying to make it stop. It isn’t necessarily a tongue-lashing, but certainly a verbal admonishment to stop what you are doing. 

So, there you are waiting in the prayer line and a couple of Galilean fisherman come up to you and say, 

“What are you doing right now? This isn’t a petting zoo or a freak show. Jesus is a very important person, with important obligations, and you need to leave. We can’t fit you in to the ministry schedule today, it’s packed.”

Some things are so interesting here.

I’ll say at the outset this doesn’t seem all that inappropriate. Very important people in our day have administrative staff who act as gatekeepers for making appointments—they run errands, and handle many details of life that the rest of us do for ourselves. It’s simple enough to understand. When your contribution becomes so valuable, then you get freed up to do more and more of what you do so well, and you hand off the less critical tasks to someone else.

I was talking to someone who was friends of a retired long-time US Senator, who was saying that it was difficult to transition to retirement after having a large staff for so many years. You don’t have to drive or grocery shop or pick up the dry cleaning. 

Well the only problem here is that there is no indication that Jesus ever asked the disciples to set up this little operation. They were self-appointed to this new role of determining who was valuable enough for Jesus’ time, and who wasn’t.

Jesus had great demands and ministry pressure on his life. Everywhere he went there were crowds who wanted to speak with him, learn from him, get healed by him, or aruge with him. He’s truly a first-century Palestinian celebrity.

The disciples have watched this. And they decide they need to relieve some pressure from the valve. So, they comb through the line of people waiting to see Jesus to triage and weed out all of the non-critical cases. And according to their estimation, children are a distraction for real ministry.

They believe that children aren’t worth using up such a valuable resource as time with the Son of God. There they are pulling people out of the line and sending them home, and then at some point, Jesus looks over, and notices what’s happening. 

And the result is swift and intense.

(14) But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant 

Here’s the Sovereign Creator, in utter perfection, fuming at these men. He is downright disgusted and angered. I’m thinking when I read this, “I want to know what in the world is going on here.” Because I want to react the way Jesus reacts, I want to match him in feeling joy over what he rejoices in, grief over what grieves him, and even indignant over what he gets indignant about.

We’ve already seen Jesus interact with unbelief and sin many times in Mark. And for all of those instances, this is the very first time he has expressed indignation. Two-and-a-half years of ministry. First recorded instance of indignation.

Am I the only one that finds that really astounding?

You’re getting angry because you didn’t get to pray for some kids? 

I mean I understand being disappointed. We go through that. If two people want to give thanks before we eat and only one gets chosen, hey that can be a rough minute while you recover. I could understand being saddened that the disciples still haven’t learned yet.

But that’s not what the text says. Jesus is hot over this.

But what is the underlying issue here? Why is this such a big problem? Why not get angry about the other bad moves the disciples have made thus far? Unbelief. Falling asleep when they were supposed to be praying? Encouraging Jesus to take the kingdom now and avoid the cross. Arguing about who was the next most important to Jesus?

Now indignant because you diverted some people that just wanted prayer to the back of the line?

The reason is because the disciples are robbing needy people of ministry. For the disciples, they are thinking, “but they are just kids, they don’t deserve ministry…” and Jesus is saying, “that’s the point.” They don’t deserve ministry, and neither do you.

People that can offer you no benefit, are opportunities for ministry if you think like Jesus rather than according to the flesh.

The opposite of Zig Ziglar: 

You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.

There’s the opposite of biblical view of life. Jesus rejects the rejectors, not the insignificant, the weak, the corrupt, the down-and-outers.

It has to do with the character of God toward the lowly and the vulnerable. Children are to be protected and cared for and served. Children are an opportunity for ministry.

This truth gripped me. Sure, I say God loves my kids more than I do. But wow. This is my Savior’s attitude toward children… youngsters.

4 Activities as Jesus Captures a Teachable Moment with Youngsters

  1. Jesus chastises the disciples for dismissing them (13-14a)
  2. Jesus clarifies his perspective concerning them (14b)

(14b) and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; 

Free translation: guys let go, lay off… leave them alone.

Sound somewhat familiar? It is. This is eerily similar to a recent encounter from a few months back. 

Mark 9:38–39—38 John said to Him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we tried to prevent him because he was not following us.” 3

Jesus we were just going around policing other ministries, trying to make sure that they weren’t seeing fruit unless it involved us. As you know, we want to see your influence expand, but not through another franchise.

(9) But Jesus said, “Do not hinder him, for there is no one who will perform a miracle in My name, and be able soon afterward to speak evil of Me.

There Jesus is correcting the disciples for preventing Gospel ministry due to their own selfishness. As we looked at, they are discouraging a new believer in his ministry. The net effect of their efforts is that others are not going to get served if you shoot your own guy.

Same language here. Stop doing that. Why are you cutting people off from ministry?

The point isn’t that you have to meet every need at all times. Jesus has left entire communities and said, “I’m not coming back.” You have to say “no” to ministry opportunities at some point. The issue isn’t turning people away, but rather the criteria used. What was Jesus’ criteria? He rejected people on the basis of unbelief and hard-heartedness and rejection.

What is the problem here with the disciples? 

It is that the standard by which they evaluate who is worthy to minister or be ministered to is flawed. It is a standard that is fleshly. It categorizes some people as undeserving and insignificant, and others as deserving and important.

It’s a fleshly way of thinking.

Last time this happened it was with the man who was effectively casting out demons their issue was ambition and personal importance. Now it’s just confusion and ignorance. I believe they were probably well-intentioned, trying to help Jesus out, but they were still fleshly. They had an earthy-mindedness or a humanistic view of others.

for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 

What does this mean and not mean? Jesus says literally: for the kingdom of God is such as these. We add belongs to make it a little clearer. The point is that the kingdom is made up of these people. What people children? Kind of. But Jesus doesn’t say to these. He says such as these (τοιούτων). Critical grammatical nuance.

A demonstrative pronoun would indicate these children here. But this add an element of comparison into the equation. What’s the point? It isn’t just children, but those who are childlike.

The kingdom belongs to childlike people.

Some would use this passage as a primary text for teaching that an age of accountability for children. That is a true doctrine, but I don’t know that passage is really teadhing that. The age of accountability so to speak refers to the doctrine that says that children are covered by the grace of God in a distinct way while they are young before they can fully comprehend their moral culpability. For those little ones, God applies the redemption of Christ to their account. 

All the details of such a doctrine are not spelled out for us. But the principle comes from piecing together biblical data. 

1 Corinthians 13:11—When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.

5-year-old husbands and wives, 6-year-old jurors, and 7-year-old airline pilots or bus drivers or ship captains. There is a development process. There is a progression. A demarcation that separates childhood from adulthood. And there is a moral development as well…

Deuteronomy 1:39—Moreover, your little ones who you said would become a prey, and your sons, who this day have no knowledge of good or evil, shall enter there, and I will give it to them and they shall possess it.

God describes little ones as belong to him. And being his own.

Ezekiel 16:21—You slaughtered My children and offered them up to idols by causing them to pass through the fire.

David, of course, illustrates his theology as recorded in Scripture after losing his first son by Bathsheba when he exclaimed:

2 Samuel 12:23—But now he has died; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.

David was confident that his infant son was “sae in the hands of God” to borrow MacArthur’s expression. In the developmental stages little children are incapable of grasping certain realities for some time and in God’s justice he accounts for that.

That is all true. But here in our text when Jesus says such as these it takes us beyond just children. What is it about children? We will look at that in the next verse.

But before going there just to be clear. This verse is not teaching infant baptism. It is listed as a proof text because it has the idea of kingdom children. There isn’t even so much as an inference.

I’m not sure how to respond when a passage like this is cited as a proof text for infant baptism. It’s no where in the text. It’s like a “choose your own adventure” book—what do you want with children do you want to use Jesus to validate? Just put it in here.

Early church used this passage to support that position. Reading into the text a meaning. Also illustrates the limitations of appealing to church history as validation for a particular doctrinal position. That error came early, had wide influence, and lasted a long time.

Lay off, because children are exactly the type of people whom I love and whom I want to minister to. 

The disciples’ attempt to turn the children aside because they were unimportant is one more instance of a persistent tendency to think in wholly human, fallen categories which Jesus had rebuked on earlier occasions (Chs. 8:33; 9:33–37). The Kingdom of God belongs to children, and to others like them who are of no apparent importance, because God has willed to give it to them.

This is still an issue today. A paper was issued by the largest Christian university in the nation on the vital importance of demography research in church planting. The point? Don’t plant a church without understanding the socio-economic status and population and job factors. So dangerous. We don’t engineer church-planting by focusing on areas that make sense in human reasoning. 

That’s exactly what the disciples were doing. Jesus doesn’t just love and value children, but he has another lesson here.

4 Activities as Jesus Captures a Teachable Moment with Youngsters

  1. Jesus chastises the disciples for dismissing them (13-14a)
  2. Jesus clarifies his perspective concerning them (14b)
  3. Jesus capitalizes on them for an object lesson (15)

(15) “Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” 

A negative, conditional statement. Not a threat, but a severe warning.

And whatever Jesus is talking about is a testing point for identifying whether you are in or out of this kingdom. The kingdom is coming. The kingdom is spiritually realized in the hearts of God’s people. Just because your parents are fully Jewish in terms of bloodlines means nothing. What matters is what your relationship is to Jesus.

Jesus isn’t talking about the basis for salvation. That is decidedly settled throughout the whole counsel of Scripture. Instead, Jesus is giving a paradigm here that is indicative of his kingdom citizens. What does it mean to receive the kingdom of God like a child?

Now, here is where we let the interpretive games begin.

Here commentators begin to get speculative and subjective. One commentator said, “Jesus’ point is that one should accept the kingdom and be obedient to its summons in the same way children will without question obey adults and do what they are told.” I had to take a break and find out if this guy had any children. He has two daughters. I don’t know if that was the deal. I’ve never met a child that fit that description.

Other suggestions include concepts such as: innocence, a lack of presumption, simple obedience, trust, wholeheartedness, and even faith.

Child-like faith. Oh yeah, that just sounds spiritual, but it’s not actually scriptural. The bible doesn’t tell us to have child-like faith. It just says believe. Genuine faith, yes. But child-like faith? No. 

So, what is Jesus after here? It’s very important because it is a distinguishing characteristic of kingdom children or not. We already dealt with this back in Chapter 9. It must be something intrinsic to children. A universal an inescapable reality of who they are. It can’t be some child-attitude because then we are just left to pick something out of thin air subjectively.

What is intrinsic to children? Children are dependent. Children are helpless without care and provision. They aren’t powerful. They aren’t wise. They aren’t contributors yet. That’s why the get cast away by society.

This statement as it stands appears to have been repeated by Jesus at other times. A direct statement to the disciples, with broad application to anyone who would follow Jesus. Lane elaborates on the concept of receiving the kingdom like a child.

The demand that a man become as a little child calls for a fresh realization that he is utterly helpless in his relationship to the Kingdom. The Kingdom is that which God gives and that which a man receives. Essential to the comparison developed in verse 15 is the objective littleness and helplessness of the child, which is presupposed in verse 14 as well. The Kingdom may be entered only by one who knows he is helpless and small, without claim or merit.

Nothing in my hands I bring, only to the cross I cling. 

You come to Jesus not deserving, but undeserving. You are not a contributor, but a receiver. And in God’s kingdom there are no givers, only takers. We’re all takers. Blessed are the poor in spirit (Matthew 5:3). That doesn’t mean blessed are the depressed, but blessed are those who come as a spiritually broken and empty and needy… it’s the exact opposite of the mindset in that day of striving to be better than others to earn a place at the table.

That’s why this can be a condition for getting saved. Because it isn’t about my personal receptivity in certain manner. It is about the way I come to Jesus in order to be saved. 

Make sense of the language. Jesus uses the strongest, most emphatic negation in the original, “there’s absolutely no way in the world anyone will ever enter…”

Remember the charge back in Mark 2? 

Mark 2:16—When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that He was eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they said to His disciples, “Why is He eating and drinking with tax collectors and sinners?”

And how did Jesus respond?

Mark 2:17—And hearing this, Jesus said to them, "It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

Children are an object lesson for what it means to come to Jesus. Not because of their unquestioning allegiance, not because of the child-like faith, but because they come with nothing to offer and they can only receive.

Perhaps some people grow up and become wealthy and give their parents financial benefits. But no child is writing mom and dad big checks to pay their own way. They just wake up and eat and grow out of clothes and require provision. And it’s absolutely natural.

4 Activities as Jesus Captures a Teachable Moment with Youngsters

  1. Jesus chastises the disciples for dismissing them (13-14a)
  2. Jesus clarifies his perspective concerning them (14b)
  3. Jesus capitalizes on them for an object lesson (15)
  4. Jesus cares for them personally and spiritually (16)

(16) And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them.

Here we have a baby dedication. Jesus is scooping up the little ones. Down low giving high-fives and fist bumps, perhaps a noogie if it was needed. He is welcoming these children as part of his ministry. 

Blessing children has Old Testament precedent. Noah blessed his sons. Isaac conferred a blessing on Jacob and Esau. Joseph blessed Ephraim and Mannasseh. Jesus is praying that God would show favor upon these kids. He’s praying for their salvation.

It isn’t merely that they would have good jobs, and be successful and have physical protection and pain-free lifestyles, and all their hopes and dreams realized. He prays for God’s favor. That’s the idea of blessing here.

How would you like to have that privilege? Being one of those children. Growing up hearing about Jesus dying on the cross and having the memory of the day he hugged you and prayed for you.

As a little guy I wanted to be an attorney. Of all professions, right? So, if you were an attorney, to me you were celebrity status. I remember the confused expression when I approached a lawyer and asked him for his autograph. It was meaningful. I saved that paper for quite a while. 

Imagine the day you got hugged by and prayed for Jesus. I bet that was a special memory. Jesus is concerned with the spiritual needs of children. He isn’t just saying a quick prayer for all of them, but individually holding them and laying hands on them. It demonstrates his love for the children, and it also demonstrates that anyone who comes to him as a child gets that treatment.

This is the way Jesus regards people who come to him as helpless and insignificant. He welcomes them.

These lessons ought to shape our thinking. Jesus loves children. He is zealous and jealous for their protection and will avenge those who wrong them. We should teach children, train children, pray for children and love children. That’s what Jesus did and would want us to do too.

Furthermore, we aren’t to adopt the world’s way of valuing people based upon contribution. In God’s eyes every human is a created designed by him, made for his glory, fashioned in his own image. How we regard one another, and every other life needs to have this foundation in mind.

And then finally, what a glorious reminder of the Gospel. You and I come to Jesus not in wisdom, but in foolishness; not in strength, but in weakness; not in prominence, but in disregard…

(30) But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, 31 so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”