1 Corinthians 2: God’s mysterious wisdom

February 12th, 2007




One of the strange but exciting things about being a Christian is that you don’t get to know in advance all that God has in store for you. As Paul said in today’s reading, “The eye has not seen, the ear has not heard, and the heart of humans has not imagined, the things which God has prepared for those who love him.” As humans we often want to be in control of our lives. We want to know exactly where we are headed and what we will achieve. We like to have long-term goals, and strategies to achieve them. But following Jesus often involves having to abandon our own carefully laid plans.

Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians — Chapter 2

2:1 When I came to you, friends, I did not proclaim to you the message of God with fancy words or wisdom. 2:2 I had decided not to know anything while I was with you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 2:3 I was with you in weakness and fear, with much trembling. 2:4 My talking and my preaching were not done with persuasive wise words, but as a demonstration of the power of the Spirit, 2:5 so that your faith would not be based on the wisdom of humans, but on the power of God. 2:6 We do speak wisdom amongst those who are mature, but it is not a wisdom belonging to this world, or to the rulers of this world, who are coming to nothing. 2:7 We speak God’s mysterious wisdom, the wisdom that has been hidden, which God designed for our glory before the beginning of time, 2:8 which none of the rulers of this world has understood. If they had understood it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 2:9 But as it is written, “The eye has not seen, the ear has not heard, and the heart of humans has not imagined, the things which God has prepared for those who love him.”

2:10 But God revealed them to us through the Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 2:11 What human can understand the thoughts of a person, except the spirit which is within that person? Similarly, no one can know the thoughts of God, except God’s Spirit. 2:12 We did not receive the spirit of the world. We received the Spirit which is from God, so we could understand the things that were freely given to us by God. 2:13 These are the things which we speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in words taught by the Holy Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people. 2:14 Worldly people do not accept things of God’s Spirit. These things are foolishness to such people, who are unable to understand them, because these things are spiritually discerned. 2:15 A person who is spiritual understands all things, but is not understood by anyone. 2:16 “For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he should instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

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  • 1. choosethecross.com » Mys&hellip  |  June 12th, 2010 at 9:35 am

    […] explains this conundrum in the second chapter of his first letter to the Corinthians: “We speak God’s mysterious wisdom, the wisdom that has been hidden, which God designed for our […]

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