1 Corinthians 2

1 Corinthians 2:1-16

1  And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God.

2  For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

3  I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.

4  And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,

5  that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

6  However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.

7  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory,

8  which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

9  But as it is written: “EYE HAS NOT SEEN, NOR EAR HEARD, NOR HAVE ENTERED INTO THE HEART OF MAN THE THINGS WHICH GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.”

10  But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.

11  For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.

12  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.

13  These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

14  But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

15  But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.

16  For “WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD THAT HE MAY INSTRUCT HIM?” But we have the mind of Christ.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest

1 Comment
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
ps
ps
Admin
11 months ago

There is an endless amount of voices and personalities that can impress and persuade with their “wowing” insights. Even now there is a constant overwhelming barrage of voiced comments on any topic of choice. The things that come from God, though, those things of eternal revelation from His heart cannot come from natural means, no matter the brilliance and charisma of the speaker. If what is taken away from the experience is just an elevated impression of the presenter and his/her word-smithing without any real transformation into the magnified image of Christ, it has just been a diversion. What we have in the Word is the very mind of Christ that cannot be arrived at from any other avenue but by the Spirit. What is received and imparted from this revelation will not magnify a person without empowering change. It will produce mountain-moving and life-transforming change through the power of the Spirit. The pursuit then is not a person and their pontifications, but the Spirit and His revelation by whatever means He may be received without diversion to idolization. It will always be by Him and His power that true revelation comes without glorifying His vessel. Where the vessel becomes the focus, He cannot be glorified or received from. Paul so effectively maintained this deference to the Spirit, himself leading to the very Source from which his revelation flowed.

1
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x