Rejection and Unbelief
A Sermon on Acts 4:11-12
This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (ESV)
Is the world smarter than God? Is religion only for the feeble? Modern man likes to think that he is too enlightened to believe in things like the deity of Christ, bodily resurrection, divine judgment and the sinfulness of man. As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones points out from Acts 4:11-12, they claim that no one can possibly believe in these things and claim to be rational, sane, or educated. They believe Christianity is nonsense. But, according to Lloyd-Jones, those who know and believe in the Scriptures should not be surprised when they hear these objections because the apostles heard the same objections two thousand years ago. The Jews rejected the idea of a crucified messiah, and the Greeks found the cross to be utter and complete foolishness. So, the objections to the Gospel today are really no different from those of the ancients. The modern man is not nearly as progressive and innovative in his rejection of Christian truth as he would like to be. And both the ancient and modern man reject the Gospel for the same fundamental reason, unbelief. They are hardened and calloused in their sinful rebellion against God their creator. They scoff at the idea that they must be saved form the wrath of God that is coming in account of their sins, because they do not believe in sin. This is the heart of unbelief.