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Theme: The accuracy of the Holy Spirit puts human wisdom to shame
Paul continues defending his way of preaching.
Since God had determined to save people NOT by human wisdom but by the Gospel, Paul, when he appeared in Corinth, did NOT come as an speechmaker or as a philosopher, but simply as a witness (verses 1-2). He had no confidence in himself, but relied totally for success on the demonstration of the Spirit (verses 3-4). The true foundation of faith is not reason, but the testimony of God (verse 5).
Though what Paul preached was not human wisdom, it was the wisdom of God, not comprehended by human reason (verses 6-9). The Revealer of all divine wisdom is the Holy Spirit! He alone is capable to make this revelation, because only He knows the secret purposes of God (verses 10-12). To communicate the information received from the Spirit, the apostle Paul used words taught to him by the Spirit (verse 13). Although the knowledge communicated was divine, and although communicated in right language, it was not received by the natural man (unbelievers), because the things of the Spirit can be discerned only by the spiritual man (verse 14-16).
Paul Preached Christ Crucified, Plainly (2 Cor.2:1-5)
Christ, in His person, offices and sufferings, is the Sum and Substance of the Gospel, and should be the great subject of a Gospel minister's preaching, but not so as to leave out other parts of God's revealed truth and will. Paul preached the whole counsel of God. Few know the fear and trembling faithful ministers feel, from a deep sense of their own weakness. They know how insufficient they are, and are fearful for themselves. When nothing but Christ crucified is plainly preached, the success must be entirely from Divine power accompanying the word, and thus men are brought to believe, to the salvation of their souls.
1 Cor. 2:1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. (KJV)
And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God . . . Paul so often speaks against vanity. The ministers in sacred things were delivering their minds, not in a mere decent, but in lofty, grandiose words and they belittled Paul, because his speech did not tickle their ears. Paul had spoken against this (1 Cor.1:17), there he called it the wisdom of words; here he calls it an excellency of speech. The enticing words of man's wisdom (1 Cor.4:19), the speech of them which are puffed up; puffed up with conceits of their own wisdom and abilities. Paul states that this was NOT his way of preaching. He came to declare to them the Gospel, which he called the testimony of God, which did NOT need fancy, flattering words and brilliant phrases and language to set it forth.
Paul did not use the theoretical method of preaching. He was an expositor of the Word of God. An expositor is a person who explains the Bible. Paul was really a commentator, not a preacher.
I personally believe that is God's method of bringing the Gospel. It was the method our Lord Jesus, by the way. Paul did not use flowery or eloquent language. Paul simply preached Jesus Christ and Him crucified, in plain every day words!
1 Cor. 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. (KJV)
I determined not to know any thing among you . . . Paul was satisfied that the Gospel of Christ alone, could make them wise unto salvation. Paul was determined NOT to promote any other knowledge, and to teach nothing but Jesus Christ, and him crucified, and He was the Foundation of all true wisdom, piety and happiness. Paul brought no other doctrine to them.
1 Cor. 2:3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. (KJV)
I was with you in weakness . . . weakness, personal and bodily (2 Cor.10:10; 12:7,9; Gal.4:13).
And in fear, and in much trembling . . . probably in anxiety, or caution of mind arising out of a sense of his insufficiency, and of the infinite importance of his work (2 Cor.7:15; Phil.2:12. Eph.6:5). Paul opens his heart wide, and lets us see his innermost thoughts. He makes it very clear that while he was among them he was greatly disturbed. It is no wonder that he could say that God had chosen the weak things of this world (1 Cor.1:27). Paul had absolutely no exalted idea of himself; even though he had great intelligence and was a great man in many ways. But, it is clear here, that he never thought of himself as great.
1 Cor. 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: (KJV)
And my speech . . . my doctrine; the matter of my preaching.
And my preaching . . . my proclamation, my manner of endorsing the grand but simple Truths of the Gospel.
Was not with enticing words of man's wisdom . . . Paul always left man out, so that God might be more in view. Paul did not use persuasive words of human wisdom which great orators enrich themselves as they become popular, and gain fame.
But in demonstration of the Spirit and of power . . . the doctrine that Paul preached was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit. Demonstration means display of proof. Paul relied, not on his skill in argument or persuasion, nor on human wisdom, but on the testimony which the Spirit gave him. The Holy Spirit demonstrated the Gospel to be true.
In our day, there are far too many enticing words of man's wisdom. There is a lot of preaching that tickles the ears of the congregation, but very little but very little demonstration of the Spirit and of power! People want the right technique, the right topic (NOT Hell or God’s wrath) or the right style. Oh, dear one, we desperately need the power of the Holy Spirit in our preaching! But in most modern churches today, TRUTH is NOT preached! It is only God is love, NEVER God is a God of wrath, turn from your sin!
1 Cor. 2:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. (KJV)
That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God . . . if human wisdom is used to supposedly win a man, then his faith stands on human wisdom . . . BUT . . . if a man is brought to faith in Christ through the power of God, then his faith rests on that. What does your faith rest upon? There is some preaching that calls our attention to the Word of God, BUT my friend, our faith must rest on the power of God.
Paul was a brilliant scholar, and could have overwhelmed his listeners with intellectual arguments. Instead, he shared the simple message of Jesus Christ by allowing the Holy Spirit to guide his words. In sharing the Good News with others, we should always follow Paul's example and keep our message simple and basic. The Holy Spirit will give power to our words and use them to bring glory to Jesus.
In these first five verses, we are taught:
#1. The proper way to convert people in any community, Christian or pagan, is to preach or set forth the Truth concerning the Person and work of Jesus Christ.
#2. The proper state of mind in which to preach the Gospel is the exact opposite of self-confidence or carelessness. The Gospel should be preached with a sense of humility, weakness and with great concern and attentiveness.
#3. The foundation of saving faith is NOT man’s reason, NOT arguments addressed to man’s understanding and wisdom, but to the power of God as exerted with and by the Truth that the Holy Spirit places on the heart. http://www.godcannotlie.org/saving_faith.htm
The Wisdom Contained in This Doctrine (2 Cor.2:6-9)
Those who receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ as being holy, and having been enlightened by the Holy Spirit, have looked well into it. They see not only the history of Christ, and Him crucified but they see the deep and marvelous plans of Divine wisdom within that Gospel. It is the mystery made known to the saints (Col.1:26; Eph.3:5-13), although formerly hidden from the heathen world; it was only shown in dark types and distant prophecies. But now the Gospel of Jesus Christ is revealed and made known by the Spirit of God. Jesus Christ is the Lord of glory; a title much too great for any creature.
See Eph.3:5-13, for mystery: http://www.godcannotlie.org/eph_ch3.htm
Find my comment on: The Gospel of Jesus Christ: http://www.godcannotlie.org/gospel_of_jesus_christ.htm
1 Cor. 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: (KJV)
Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect . . . perfect means the mature and the competent believers. Among one group of people the doctrine which Paul preached was regarded as foolishness, but among another it was seen to be divine wisdom.
Yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought . . . not what the philosophers, shrewd, scheming men or politicians of the world count as wisdom; for all their wisdom is of NO importance or value at all, in regard to the salvation of men's souls, and it will all vanish, and come to nought (nothing) eventually.
Even though Paul apologizes for his not coming to them with excellent and persuasive speech or wisdom; he means what was supposed wisdom among the Greeks, and which, in the sight of God, was simply foolishness when compared with that wisdom that came from above.
There are really four kinds of wisdom of which Paul speaks in this context:
#1. Heathen wisdom, or that of the Gentile philosophers (1 Cor.1:22), which was termed by the Jews as Grecian wisdom; and which was belittled by the Jews.
#2. Jewish wisdom, was that of the scribes and Pharisees, who crucified our Lord (1 Cor.2:8).
#3. The Gospel, which is called the wisdom of God in a mystery (1 Cor.2:7).
#4. The wisdom of this world, is a wisdom that shall perish, just like the mortals who possess it.
1 Cor. 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: (KJV)
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery . . . Paul said that they (Paul and his helpers), preached the Gospel, which was the righteousness and Truth that could bring all people, Jews and Gentiles, together in one group, for the Gospel is the ONLY thing by which anyone can be accepted before God (Rom.5:1), and is revealed from faith to faith (Rom.1:17). The Gospel is indeed a sacred secret, a mystery to most people, but it is the wisdom of God, a doctrine directing the best and only Way, to the best end of mankind (Heaven).
Even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory . . . the word mystery, as used in the Scriptures, refers to something which was not known in the past but is now revealed. The word mystery occurs 27 times in the New Testament. Mystery in the New Testament always means something that cannot be understood by the activity of the human mind, but is revealed to us by the Holy Spirit. God's wisdom is secret and hidden (Eph.3:5,9), meaning the wisdom derived from God; which He has revealed, is set apart from any form of knowledge of human origin.
See end of chapter for more on mystery.
1 Cor. 2:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. (KJV)
Which none of the princes of this world knew . . . none of those rulers who were involved in the crucifixion of the Messiah . . . meaning both the Jewish rulers and the Roman governor.
For had they known it . . . had they fully understood Who He really was, and seen the wisdom of His plan and His work, they would NOT have put Him to death (Acts 3:17). Had they seen the hidden wisdom, the mystery in that Plan, had they understood the glory of His real character and the Truth regarding His incarnation, they would not have put Him to death. They expected a different Messiah, and they rejected the claims of this Jesus of Nazareth.
They would not have crucified . . . it is perfectly clear that the Jews would not have crucified their own Messiah, if they had known him to be such. He was the hope and expectation of their nation. All their desires were centered in Him, and to Him they looked for deliverance from all their enemies.
The Lord of glory . . . meaning the glorious Lord, or the Messiah. Expressions like this are common in the Hebrew language. This expression is taken from that of the King of glory, in:
Psalm 24:7-9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. 8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. 9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. (KJV)
God is called the God of glory in Acts 7:2.
Lord of glory is a title of divinity. It means possessor of divine excellence. Who is the King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory (Ps.24:10). Also see: (Jam.2:1; Eph.1:17). The Person the Jews crucified was a Divine Person. The crucified Jesus IS God!
1 Cor. 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (KJV)
But, as it is written . . . Paul quoted this Passage from: Isaiah 64:4 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. (KJV)
The purpose of the apostle Paul is not to describe the future state of the redeemed, but to prove that those who are TRUE Christians have true wisdom (verses 6-7), or that they see the Truth, and the merit of God’s one and only Plan of salvation, which the world cannot see (Jn.14:17).
Eye hath not seen . . . this is the same as saying, that no one has ever fully perceived and understood the value and beauty of those things which God has prepared for His people. All the world had been strangers to this, until God made a revelation to His people by the Holy Spirit. This blessedness had been unknown both to the Jews and the Gentiles.
Nor ear heard. We learn the existence and quality of objects by our external senses; and those senses are used to gain knowledge. To say that the eye had not seen, nor the ear heard, was the same as saying that it was not known at all. All men had been ignorant of it.
Neither have entered into the heart of man . . . no man has comprehended or understood it. It is new; and is above all that man has ever seen, felt and known.
The things which God hath prepared . . . the things which God has held in reserve, meaning what God has agreed to in the Gospel for His people. I think what Paul here refers to especially is the wisdom which was revealed in the Gospel, but he also intends no doubt, to include all the provisions of mercy and happiness which the Gospel makes known to the people of God: the atonement, the pardon of sin, justification by faith, and including the peace and joy which the Gospel imparts; to the complete and final redemption from sin and death which the Gospel is designed to produce.
Things Prepared by God:
#1. The things prepared by God (1 Cor.2:9)
#2. The deep things of God (1 Cor.2:10)
#3. The things of man (1 Cor.2:11)
#4. The things of God (1 Cor.2:11)
#5. Things freely given by God (1 Cor.2:12)
#6. Spiritual things (1 Cor.2:13)
#7. The things of the Spirit of God (1 Cor.2:14)
In ALL these respects, the awesome blessings which the Gospel delivers, surpasses our comprehension, and all are infinitely beyond all that man could know or experience without faith in Christ. And consider this: IF on Earth the Gracious Gospel of Jesus Christ brings such blessings to TRUE believers, how much higher and purer shall be the joys which it shall bestow to us in Heaven!
The TRUTH of the Gospel Cannot Be Correctly Known EXCEPT by the Holy Spirit of God (2 Cor.2:10-16)
God has revealed true wisdom to us, ONLY by His Spirit.
2 Pet. 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (KJV)
No one can know the things of God, except that His Holy Spirit, Who is one with the Father and the Son, and Who makes known Divine mysteries to His church. This is a most clear proof, both to the real Triune Godhead and the distinct Person of the Holy Spirit. The apostles were NOT guided by worldly principles. The Truth of the Gospel was revealed to them by the Spirit of God.
The natural man (the wise man of the world, the unbeliever), receives NOTHING from the Spirit of God. The pride of carnal reasoning is really greatly opposed to spirituality. The sanctified mind recognizes the true beauty of holiness, but the carnal man is a stranger to the principles and pleasures of the Divine life. Only the spiritual man is given the knowledge of God’s will. The apostles were enabled by the Holy Spirit to make known the mind of God (verse 16). In the Holy Scriptures, the mind of Christ and the mind of God in Christ, are fully made known to us. This is a tremendous privilege of Christians, for they then experience His sanctifying power in their hearts, and bring forth good fruit in their lives.
Beauty of holiness: (1 Chron.16:29; 2 Chron.20:21; Pa.29:2; 96:9; 110:3)
1 Cor. 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. (KJV)
But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit . . . the TRUE Christian is SO privileged! We enjoy Godly blessings and enjoyments to which unbelievers are utter strangers. This verse begins the third part of this chapter, in which the apostle shows how these Truths, so full of wisdom, had been communicated to Christians. This is NOT done by any natural wisdom or power of theirs; NOT by any strength of abilities or powers, but solely by revelation from God. By his Spirit . . . . By the Holy Spirit, that was promised by the Saviour (Jn.14:16,26; 15:26-27; 16:7-15).
#1. That men by nature are not able to discover the deep things of God, those Truths which are necessary for salvation,
#2. That the apostles were inspired by the Holy Ghost; and if so, then the Scriptures are inspired (2 Tim.3:16).
#3. That all Christians are the subjects of the teaching of the Holy Spirit; that these truths are made known to them by His enlightenment; and if it were not for this, they would remain in the same darkness as unbelievers.
For the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God . . . the Holy Spirit, or the Spirit of God (verse 11). Searcheth . . . this word means to search accurately, diligently, so as fully to understand as to have thorough knowledge (Ps.11:4-5; 44:21; 139:1,23; Jer.12:3; 17:10; Rom.8:27; Rev.2:23).
Pro. 20:27 The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly. (KJV) . . . Here it means that the Holy Spirit has an intimate knowledge of all things. It is not to be supposed that he searches or inquires as men do who are ignorant: but that He has an intimate and profound knowledge, such as is usually the result of a close and accurate search.
All things. All subjects; all laws; all events; all beings. The deep things of God . . . He has a full knowledge of the hidden counsels or purposes of God; of all His plans and purposes. He knows all His plans. He sees all His counsels; all His purposes in regard to the government of the Universe, and the structure of salvation. The Holy Spirit knows ALL the people whom God plans to save; He sees all that they need; and He sees how the plan of God is fitted to their salvation.
1 Cor. 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. (KJV)
For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? . . . no one knows what a person is thinking unless that person chooses to reveal it. The main idea here is, that no man can know another . . . for his thoughts and plans can only be known by himself, by his own spirit; and that unless he chooses to reveal them to others, they cannot find out them out. The things of a man . . . the deep things are the hidden counsels, thoughts, plans and intentions.
Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God . . . so too, are the things of God. His deep purposes and plans. Knoweth no man . . . NO man can search into them, any more than one man can search the intentions of another.
This verses illustrates two points:
#1. No one knows the thoughts of a man except the man himself, so too, NO one knows the thoughts of God, except God Himself. Therefore no one but a Divine Person is capable to make a revelation of the thoughts and purposes of Almighty God.
#2. Since every man does know his own thoughts, so too the Spirit of God knows the thoughts of God. His knowledge of what is in God is like that which we have in the contents of our mind. But, the similarities of Scripture, are not to be pressed beyond the point which they are intended to illustrate. The point to be illustrated here is the knowledge of the Spirit. He knows what is in God, as we know what is in ourselves.
Three different spirits:
#1. The spirit of man (1 Cor.2:11)
#2. The Spirit of God (1 Cor.2:11)
#3. The spirit of the world (1 Cor.2:12)
1 Cor. 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. (KJV)
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world . . . Paul states that all Christians have received, NOT the spirit of this world, but the Spirit which is of God.
The spirit of the world . . . means the wisdom and knowledge which this world can give; such as the wisdom and philosophy which were so highly valued in Greece. The beliefs of Truth (the Gospel), which we have, are NOT anything that this wicked world can give, but are beliefs which are communicated to us ONLY by the Spirit of God.
But the Spirit which is of God . . . TRUE Christians are under the teachings and influence of the Holy Spirit.
That we might know the things that are freely given to us of God . . . the Spirit is given to us, the moment that we believe God (1 Jn.5:10-13), and accept His only begotten Son to save us (Jn.3:15-16).
Holy Spirit indwells ALL believers: (Jn.1:12-13; 3:3-8; Rom.8:9; 1 Cor.2:12; 12:13; 2 Cor.3:5-8; Gal.3:2-14,27; 4:5; 1 Thes.4:8; Tit.3:5-6).
The Holy Spirit is the Possession of every TRUE believer: (Jn.1:16; Eph.1:22-23; 4:13; Col.1:19; 2:9).
It was not only necessary that God should grant the blessings of redemption by the Gift of His Son; but because of the hardness and blindness of the human heart, it was also necessary that God should give His Holy Spirit also, that men might be brought fully to see and appreciate the value of His favors. For men do NOT see these blessings by nature; neither can anyone see them who is not enlightened by the Holy Spirit of God.
Blind hearts: (Isa.44:18-20; Rom.1:21; Eph.4:18; Jn.3:19)
Hard hearts: (Eze.2:4; 3:7; 11:19; 36:26; Mk.6:52; 10:5; 16:14; Jn.12:40; Rom.2:5; Heb.3:8,13,15; 4:7).
TRUE children of God: http://www.godcannotlie.org/true_children_of_god.htm
1 Cor. 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. (KJV)
Which things also we speak . . . the great and glorious Truths that Paul and his helpers preach and explain.
Not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth . . . Paul again states that what he preached and taught, came from the Holy Spirit . . . NOT from human philosophy or eloquence would dictate. Their teaching did NOT come from the plans of human wisdom, and they are not expressed in words of alluring and attractive speechmaking as would be used by those who pride themselves on the wisdom of this world.
But which the Holy Ghost teacheth . . . meaning in the words which the Holy Spirit imparts to them. The apostle Paul is speaking of the whole sequence of instruction by which the deep things of God (verse 10), were made known to the Christian church. It seems that all the apostles were under the direction of the Holy Spirit, in the words and doctrines which they preached and taught; and this Passage is full proof that they laid claim to Divine inspiration.
Comparing spiritual things with spiritual . . . this expression has been interpreted in different ways. #1. Speaking spiritual things to spiritual men. #2. Comparing the things that were written by the Spirit of the Old Testament, with what is now revealed to us by the same Spirit. #3. Explaining those things which the prophets spoke by the Spirit of God, by those things which Christ has made known to us by His Spirit. #4. Explaining spiritual things in words taught by the Spirit. My choice would be #4. It makes the most sense to me.
Spiritual things . . . are doctrines and subjects that relate to the teaching of the Spirit. I do not think that this means spiritual things as opposed to fleshly, or intellectual in opposition to things pertaining to substance; but spiritual things as referred to that were revealed by the Holy Spirit: His doctrines on the subject of the Gospel under the new dispensation, and His influence on the heart.
Two kinds of wisdom:
#1. Man's wisdom
#2. Holy Spirit’s wisdom
1 Cor. 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (KJV)
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him . . . there are some arguments here as to WHO is meant by the natural man. Some commentators think that by the natural man here is meant the carnal man (1 Cor.15:44), so the natural body is opposed to the spirtiual body. They say the natural man is one who is a servant to his lusts and corruption, under the control of his soul considered merely as natural, all whose motions in that estate of sin and corruption are excessive.
Others think that Paul here speaks of those who are weak in the faith, little ones, babes in Christ, who had need of milk, not of strong meat (1 Cor.3:2; Heb.5:12), and are natural men in comparison of those who are more mature spiritually and perfect. In this sense Paul calls the carnal (1 Cor.3:4).
For they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned . . . although some of them are much better than others, having their minds more refined with worldly knowledge and wisdom, they do not in their hearts receive, believe, embrace or approve of, spiritual and Divine mysteries. For they are foolishness unto him . . . for men of worldly intelligence and reason count them all foolishness, because they could not be understood by sense or natural reason . . . . because they are spiritually discerned . . . those who have not the Spirit of God cannot discern spiritual things! (Rom.8:9).
1 Cor. 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. (KJV)
But he that is spiritual judgeth all things . . . he that is spiritual is the person who has the Holy Spirit abiding within (Rom.8:9). That person is a TRUE child of God. He judgeth all things means that he understands spiritual things. This verse is opposed to the natural man, in the former verse. So that by spiritual man here is understood, to be taught by the Spirit of God, and is by the Spirit specially enlightened. Judgeth or discerneth all things . . . meaning spiritual things: the mysteries of God, which concern man's eternal life and salvation. This does NOT mean that every good Christian has perfect judgment or power of discerning, it means according to the measure of light which he has received (Rom.12:3; Eph.4:7).
Yet he himself is judged of no man . . . this means that he is not understood. The spiritual man is in direct contrast to the natural man. He understands divine Truth, but he is completely misunderstood by the natural man.
1 Cor. 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. (KJV)
For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? . . . WHO can instruct God? WHO understands the mind of the Lord? NO one can tell God anything, but God can reveal SO much to us. But . . . the Spirit of God cannot reveal spiritual things to us until we have the mind of Christ. If you are NOT a saved person, the preaching of the Cross is foolishness! Almighty God is in complete control of the Universe, and He has made only ONE Way for us to obtain salvation! Do you think that God’s Way to Heaven is far too narrow? It really does not matter what you think. IF you want to go to Heaven one day, you must accept God’s Way, or you shall spend eternity in Hell.
God says that His plan and His wisdom was to give His Son to die on the Cross for us so that we might be saved and that we must put our trust in Him.
No one can know what the Lord is thinking (Rom.11:34), but through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, believers have perception of some of God's plans, thoughts and actions. They, in fact, have the mind of Christ (Phil.2:5). Through the Holy Spirit, we can begin to know God's thoughts, talk with Him (Rom.5:2), and expect Him to answer our prayers. Are you spending enough time with Christ to have his mind in you? An intimate relationship with Christ comes ONLY when we spend time repeatedly and regularly in His awesome Presence and in His Word. Stay close to Him dear one.
What is a mystery in Scripture? It is NOT a whodunit or a mystery story, and it is NOT something you wonder about: Was it the butler who committed the crime? A mystery in Scripture means that God is revealing something, that up to that time, He had not revealed. There are two elements which always enter into a New Testament mystery: #1. It cannot be discovered by man, for it is always a revelation from God; and #2. it is revealed at the right time and not concealed, and enough is revealed to establish the fact without all the details being disclosed.
There are fifteen mysteries in the New Testament:
#1. The mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven (Mat.13:3-50; Mk.4:11; Lk.8:10).
#2. The mystery of His will (Eph.1:9).
#3. The great mystery of Christ and His church (Eph. 5:32; Col.4:3).
#4. The mystery of the Gospel (Eph.6:19). ,
#5. The mystery of Israel's blindness during this age (Rom.11:25).
#6. The mystery of the faith (1 Tim.3:9).
#7. The mystery of the translation of living saints at the end of this age (1 Cor.15:51-52; 1 Thes.4:13-17).
#8. The mystery of the N.T. Church as one body composed of Jews and Gentiles (Eph.3:1-12; 6:19; Rom.16:25; Col.4:3).
#9. The mystery of the Church as the bride of Christ (Eph.5:23-32).
#10. The mystery of being in Christ (Gal.2:20; Col.1:26-27).
#11. The mystery of Christ as the incarnate fullness of the Godhead embodied, in whom all the divine wisdom for man subsists (1 Cor.2:7; Col.2:2,9).
#12. The mystery of godlikeness restored to man (1 Tim.3:16).
#13. The mystery of iniquity (2 Thes.2:7; Mat.13:33).
#14. The mystery of the seven stars (Rev.1:20).
#15. The mystery of the woman (Rev.17:5,7).
My friend, even with all these, God has NOT revealed everything to us. There are many things God has NOT told us, because it is not necessary for us to know. When it is necessary, He will reveal them to us.
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