In Greg’s interview with Nabeel Qureshi earlier this year about his book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, Nabeel told the story of how David Wood (now of Acts 17 Apologetics - a ministry to Muslims) challenged him to consider the evidence for the truth of Christianity after they met on the debate team in college and became good friends. Nabeel eventually believed, and it’s a great story. But the story Nabeel didn’t tell was how David Wood became a Christian. I knew David became a Christian in jail where he was serving time for attempted murder, but I didn’t know the extent of the darkness he was living under.
If you know someone you think is beyond God’s ability to save, watch this and have hope.
Nabeel became a Christian because David became a Christian. And David became a Christian because Randy, his cellmate, was a Christian. The story David didn’t tell was why Randy was there, in jail, in his cell. But you can hear a taste of this story if you listen here at 0:37:17.
God’s grace is surprising, and sometimes even shocking.
God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:27-31).
And His power is beyond measure. A change like David Wood’s isn’t humanly possible. But the truth is, neither is the regeneration of any person.
When the disciples heard this, they were very astonished and said, “Then who can be saved?” And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:25-26).
We have a God “who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist,” for whom all things are possible.