Luke 20:38-39 “He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”
Some of the teachers of the law responded, “Well said, teacher!”
I get several things from this. The first is that God doesn’t abandon logic, and neither should we. There are people on both sides of the fence who seem to think faith eliminates (or should) logic. That is a lie of the devil. Whereas it is true that God’s works are far greater than human minds can comprehend, (Ephesians 3:19, Philippians 4:7, etc.) that doesn’t mean at all that our minds are to be discarded. I have heard believing scientists speak of the joy of discovering the marvelous logic in creation. That said, logic alone won’t save us; we have to step out to act on God’s gracious offer of salvation. The second thing I get from this is that honest people can be persuaded. The teachers of the law mentioned here genuinely loved truth more than they loved their political or theological positions. That is valuable indeed! I would be quite confident that the men mentioned here were soon included among the believers after Pentecost. I am reminded of the doctor who, after a year of attending an English Bible class that I taught, rather abruptly announced that he wanted to be baptized. I was naturally pleased, but I asked him to explain himself. He said, “This book was obviously not written just by man, and if God caused it to be written, then I had better believe it!” His decision was so logical and intellectual that for a while I was a little concerned about it, but he quickly also demonstrated the joy of the Lord, and he hasn’t abandoned his faith in the 30 years since then. Family considerations keep him from attending Sunday morning services, but he regularly gives Christian materials to other members of the Omura Medical Association.
This of course applies to me. He has allowed me to interact with numbers of highly educated people, and He equipped me with the intellect to be able to do so on an even footing. At the same time, He has given me the direct revelation that He’s smart and I’m not. I am to make full use of all that He has given me, but never depend on the gift ahead of the Giver. I am not to be afraid of any argument brought against me, but remember that “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5) Apologetics and polemics aren’t my specific calling, but I am to remember that the Holy Spirit is more than able to express the logic and wisdom of God through me, if I will be submitted and obedient.
Father, thank You for this reminder. Thank you that no one is out of Your reach, and that You care about each human being. Help me be more and more effective in communicating the Good News of Your kingdom to all I encounter, for their salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!