1 Corinthians 2:7-11

In 1 Corinthians 2:7-11 Paul reminds us that we have been given access to a secret from God – something that God has specifically chosen to share with us. This hidden wisdom can only be known by revelation. It is the hidden wisdom that is now revealed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which Paul preaches. “But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory.” It’s been hidden for generations and can only be understood when the Holy Spirit reveals it to us. The gospel has always been God’s plan, but revealing it comes in His time and His way.

How do we know most did not understand the hidden truth? Because they crucified the Christ. Sure, it was God’s plan to set us free from the consequences of sin. But had they understood God’s plan and secret, they surely would have chosen a different outcome. “None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” Some scholars consider the Lord of glory the loftiest title Paul ever gave to Jesus. It is certain proof that Paul regarded Jesus as God, the Second Person of the Trinity. It is inconceivable that Paul would give this title to any lesser being.

Paul quotes scripture from Isaiah 64 to remind us that God’s wisdom and plan is past our finding out on our own. We can’t figure it out without God’s help. The Holy Spirit alone can help us understand. “But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him” – these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.” In their love of human wisdom, the Corinthians proudly thought Paul was just dealing in basics like the gospel. Paul insists that his message gets to the heart of the deep things of God. And it is truth we cannot understand without the Spirit revealing it to us.

Paul argues from the Greek philosophy point of view that like is known only by like. You can guess what your dog is thinking, but you really can’t know unless he was to tell you. Even so, we could guess what God is thinking, and about His wisdom, but we would never know unless He told us. Thus we have to seek it from the source and receive it that way too. “For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.” The good news is that God has put the communication tool to His wisdom and thoughts within us – the Holy Spirit – who resides in each of us as a Christ Follower!

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