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The wisdom of God in a mystery

“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. 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.” 1 Corinthians 2:12-13

God has given us his Spirit, not the spirit of the world. The reason he gave us his Spirit is so that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God, and the good news is, it’s all up to us that we should received him.

He’s freely given just as grace is, so is the Holy Ghost also a free gift. I hear Joel say,

“After I have poured out my rains again, I will pour out my Spirit upon all of you! Your sons and daughters will prophesy; your old men will dream dreams, and your young men see visions.” Joel 2:28

  • He’s in you all and upon you all

The Holy Spirit comes upon your life to reveal to you the other wonderful free gifts of grace and blessings which God has also freely gives to us.

He is a great teacher, he teaches and tells us about them good things comparing spiritual things with spiritual. “That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:5

He comes so early in your christian life as a precautionary reason, “that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men…” Remember he’s a jealous God!

Let me give you an illustration, Galatians 4 tells us of the story of Abraham, who is our father of faith that he had two sons, and you and I dear brothers, are the children that God promised, just as Isaac was, and so we also, we who are born of the Holy Spirit. “But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.” Galatians 4:29. The struggle is even real in our lives. Paul says in Romans 7, “For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”

There is tension because the Spirit needs your body just as the spirit of the world also need it.

But we’re grateful to God, for in the same story above God told Abraham to send away the slave-wife and her son, for the slave-wife’s son could not inherit Abraham’s home and lands along with the free woman’s son.

Dear brothers, we that born again are not slave children anymore, obligated to the spirit of this world, but we’re children of the free woman, acceptable to God because of our faith.

Romans 9:7-8 says, “Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. [8] That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.”

Those who are in Christ Jesus, who belong to him, these do not walk according to the flesh, but they walk according to the Spirit.

That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:5
The wisdom of men
No mere man can ever see, hear, or can even imagine, “…the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9

  • by mere wisdom no one can ever know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit is on him. 1 Corinthians 2:11
  • ordinary as we are, no words we say can ever describe who He is. It is only the Holy Ghost who can do it on our behalf, 1 Corinthians 2:13
  • “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.” 1 Corinthians 2:14
  • the man of the world, can’t even understand a christian, 1 Corinthians 2:15
  • For certainly he has never been one to know the Lord’s thoughts, or to instruct him, or to discuss with him, whether by prayer. 1 Corinthians 2:16

The Spiritual man

But us Christians, it’s true of course that we actually have within us a portion of the very thoughts and mind of Christ.

  • the spiritual man has insight into everything, 1 Corinthians 2:15
  • we speak wisdom yet not that of this world; our words are wise because they are from God, and that we say is God’s wise plan that brings us into glory. 1 Corinthians 2:7

1 Corinthians 2:1-6 says,

[1] Dear brothers, even when I first came to you I didn’t use lofty words and brilliant ideas to tell you God’s message. [2] For I decided that I would speak only of Jesus Christ and his death on the cross. [3] I came to you in weakness-timid and trembling. [4] And my preaching was very plain, not with a lot of oratory and human wisdom, but the Holy Spirit’s power was in my words, proving to those who heard them that the message was from God. [5] I did this because I wanted your faith to stand firmly upon God, not on man’s great ideas. [6] Yet when I am among mature Christians I do speak with words of great wisdom, but not the kind that comes from here on earth, and not the kind that appeals to the great men of this world, who are doomed to fall.

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