Scripture: I Corinthians 2
And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.[a] 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.
God’s Wisdom Revealed by the Spirit
6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this ageunderstood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.9 However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”[b]—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—
10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.[c] 14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16 for,
“Who has known the mind of the Lord
so as to instruct him?”[d]
But we have the mind of Christ.
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The Holy Spirit itself is a real person, an entity that has relationship with all believers as a Counselor and a Teacher. The Holy Spirit bridges the gap between us and knowing, intimately, the holiness of od and Christ. The Spirit is our instant communication with God and God’s teachings to us.
Paul’s goal was that we, as Christians, should come to rely on the Spirit rather than any man. Unlike men, the Spirit not only reveals God to us but also reveals us to ourselves in conjunction and cooperation with our spirit.
The Bible teaches about the “still, small voice” of the Spirit, that of God within us that convicts and leads us in the ways of holiness.
According to the Scofield Study Bible, Paul divides human beings into three classes:
- psuchikos, meaning “of the senses, sensuous, natural”, that is, the Adamic man, one who has has not received the salvation of Christ and still only lives for and believes his senses. A man without faith.
- sarkikos, meaning “worldly, fleshly”, that is the renewed man who yet walks according to his sinful nature, someone who is yet a child in Christ. He/she may be “learned, gentle, eloquent, and fascinating” but they take Scripture and Christ’s teachings only at face value and does not seek to find deeper and meaningful meaning within the Word.
- pneumatikos, meaning “spiritual”, that is, the renewed man as Spirit-filled and walking in full communion with God.
Part of the reason that we come together to worship is to hear the Holy Spirit speaking through others as well as within our own spirits and hearts. It allows us to check our interpretation against Scripture and against those who may be more mature in the Spirit than we.
In our Christian lives, we have three Authorities: Scripture, the community of believers, and the moving of the Holy Spirit.