I re-read 1 Corinthians 2 today. Wow is it good! That’s one scripture we all need to read often.
I honestly just love how Paul wrote it. I’ve heard a lot of sermons based off of this chapter:
Verse 4: “My Message and my preaching were not with elegant and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit, and there power in Him, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but would rest on God’s power.”
So often, I find people using eloquent speech to persuade people… I’m pretty sure the Bible calls such people False… as a matter of fact in Colossians 2:8, Paul wrote, “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy…” Remember, it is Satan that uses persuasion to convince people to follow him.
Back to 1 Corinthians 2- Right after Paul talked about demonstrating the Power of Holy Spirit, he says he did teach them a very strong teaching- one of the deep secrets of God, something God had hid for a long time. Elsewhere in the Bible, it says that God had hidden these mysteries in His parables, spoken through the prophets, since the very beginning, and that when the Messiah came He would reveal the meanings. Then Jesus, himself, explained this further, that He spoke in parables to separate the people that were not meant to follow Him, and that He would reveal the meaning of the parables to them. And now, in 1 Corinthians 2:6-8, Paul writes that He is teaching these hidden secrets which had been hidden since the beginning of time.
My question to you is: How did Paul learn these hidden secrets? You see, Paul wasn’t with Jesus. Where did he learn these things? He never sat under the apostles to be taught, yet he was appointed an apostle!
Verse 9 is something I have heard many people quote: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.” Most of my life, I heard people say we don’t know what God thinks, or what His will is. We can’t know. We can’t comprehend. God works in mysterious ways, etc. This seems so good. This logic makes sense, but it’s just that: logic. God is not logical. It is illogical for an invisible being to desire to be seen, and yet not reveal itself. It is illogical for God to reveal Himself through the lowly Jesus- He came as a poor baby, born in a manger, nothing to look at, sickly, and weak. So don’t fall victim to logic. Yes, no eye has seen God, no ear has heard His voice, no mind can conceive of Heaven and all of its glory…
And yet, we then read verse 10, which explains exactly how Paul learned the deep secrets of God, all that He had hidden since the beginning of time: “But God has revealed it to us be His Spirit.” God wants to reveal everything to us. He wants us to know all His secrets. He is not hiding anything from us. It is His good pleasure to lead us into all truth. I don’t need any person to teach me. I appreciate other’s knowledge and insight, but Holy Spirit is better. I read a lot of books. I have 8 books on my desk I am reading right now. Even still, the Word is the best book, and when I read it with Holy Spirit, it is incredible what happens. Our spirit connects to God’s Holy Spirit. Your spirit has the ability to grasp the things of God because Holy Spirit reveals it there.
When I read verse 12, I realized one of the purposes of Holy Spirit is to help us understand (in our spirit) what God has freely given us: He teaches us the things that come from the Spirit of God, and helps us to grasp and comprehend the mind of Christ. We actually have the mind of Christ in our spirits!
So can we know the deepest things of God? Absolutely yes. Do I need someone to teach me these things? Absolutely not. Can man teach me the deep things of Holy Spirit? Never. Man can demonstrate the things of Holy Spirit, and man can guide you so that you can obtain them from Holy Spirit, and man can encourage you through sharing what he has learned from Holy Spirit, but only Holy Spirit can truly reveal them to you. But again, it cannot happen my learning or comprehending them. I cannot use my soul to do the things only my spirit can do.
I wrote all of this to encourage you to continue to get still, to sit with the Lord, to ask Him your questions, and to learn from Him. Take your Bible with you when you meet with Him, and as you read, ask Him what it means. Don’t just spend a few minutes with Him, but stay there, continuing to seek His wisdom. Read a passage again and again, continually seeking understanding. There is more there than you realize. I think we run into dangerous ground when we assume we have figured it out or we finally have gotten to a place where we can teach something as “the final revelation.” Hopefully this encourages you to spend time with Him, because I know that He desperately wants to spend the time with you, to teach you things.
Connecting this blog to the past few weeks, get still, forget what you did in your past, remember what God has done in your past, and realize He has positioned you in a place for deep revelation. He wants to show you wondrous things, deep and hidden things, and He wants to reveal to you all the mysteries that we think are just too big for us to comprehend. God doesn’t want to be a mystery any more. He wants to teach your spirit, and if you can learn to be led by your spirit, wow what amazing revelations will come your way! Bless you…
Written by a few for the many.