Wisdom From The Spirit
When I came to you brothers,
I did not come with Eloquence or Superior Wisdom
As I Proclaimed to you the Testimony about God.
2 For I was Resolved t know nothing while I was with you
EXCEPT JESUS CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED.
I CAME TO YOU IN WEAKNESS AND FEAR,
AND WITH MUCH 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 MEN'S WISDOM,
BUT ON GOD'S POWER.
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 SPEAK OF GOD'S SECRET WISDOM,
A WISDOM THAT HAS BEEN HIDDEN
AND THAT GOD DESTINED FOR OUR GLORY
BEFORE TIME BEGAN.
8 NONE OF THE RULERS OF THIS AGE UNDERSTOOD IT,
FOR IF THY HAD,
THEY WOULD NOT HAVE CRUCIFIED THE LORD OF GLORY.
9 However as it is written:
'No eye has seen
No ear has heard
No mind has conceived
What God has Prepared for those who love Him'
10 BUT GOD HAS REVEALED IT TO US BY HIS SPIRIT.
THE SPIRIT SEARCHES ALL THINGS,
EVEN THE DEEP THINGS OF GOD.
11 For who among men know the thoughts of a man
Except the man's spirit within him?
IN THE SAME WAY
NO ONE KNOWS THE THOUGHTS OF GOD
EXCEPT THE SPIRIT OF GOD.
12 WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED THE SPIRIT OF THE WORLD
BUT THE SPIRIT WHO IS FROM GOD,
THAT WE MAY FREELY 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,
EXPRESSING SPIRITUAL TRUTHS IN SPIRITUAL WORDS.
14 The man without the Spirit
Does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God,
FOR THEY ARE FOOLISHNESS TO HIM,
AND HE CANNOT UNDERSTAND THEM,
BECAUSE THEY ARE SPIRITUALLY DISCERNED.
15 THE SPIRITUAL MAN
MAKES JUDGMENT ABOUT ALL THINGS,
BUT HE HIMSELF IS NOT SUBJECT TO ANY MAN'S JUDGMENT:
16 'For who has know the Mind of the Lord
That he may Instruct Him?'
BUT WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST.
(1 Corinthians 2)