We unseat judges with indignation who acquit the guilty. Our moral sensibility is outraged when wrong and guilt are given legal sanction. Yet at the heart of our gospel stands the sentence: God justifies the ungodly who trust in him. God acquits the guilty. That is the gospel! But how can it be right for God to do that?
The root reason for why the cross is folly to the world is that it means the end of human self-exaltation.
Spirit-given assurance and enjoyment of the love of God is the secret to growing in hope through tribulation.