Monthly Archives: November 2013

Needing the Holy Spirit to understand

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6 Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away.
7 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory.
8 None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 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”-
10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.
11 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.
12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.
13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.

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Now after a person receives the Holy Spirit they then learn “secret wisdom” . Sounds mysterious. What is the secret? It is “what God has prepared for those who love him.” The question is who is “us” When Paul says “these things are revealed to us through the Spirit of. God. I think he means the apostles. As he mentions i”interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.

In demonstration of the Spirit and of power

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And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom.
2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling,
4 and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
5 so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

1 Corinthians 2
As we read this we see that Paul has repeated his emphasised message, that the way people become Christians is by hearing about Christ crucified. Now there is a part that may be misunderstood and that is that part that says “in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.” It sounds a bit like people are converted by seeing something miraculous. But if this is so why did he earlier say in ch1vs22 what he did about Jews seeking signs. No, I believe what he is speaking of is the effect of the one listening to the message. People hear about Christ crucified and God does the rest of the work. When a person becomes a Christian he/she is filled with the Holly Spirit. This would be the demonstration spoken of. Not that I’m not aware that Paul did miracles but that it seems that in this letter Paul is trying to make everyone understand that it is the message of the cross and the power of God that makes people become Christians.

God chooses the foolish, the weak, low and despised

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26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.
27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;
28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,
29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,
31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

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These verses give me amazing hope. Foolish, weak, low and despised, that’s me in a nutshell. Yet here I am marching into Heaven. Work that out.

No Need for Miracles

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22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom,
23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles,
24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

I’ve heard people say, if only my brother saw a miracle they would become a Christian. Or the church near me has a big sign with a lady on it saying that she has been healed. But this verse indicates that these signs and wonders are not what leads a person to God.

Finding God through Philosophy.

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20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.

1 Corinthians 1

When the Bible talks about wisdom here it is not talking about science, it is talking about Greek Philosophy. Debate and discussion isn’t (according to this passage ) the way to know God. Instead it is ” through the folly of what we (the apostles ) preach”. And what do they preach? As discussed last time it is the word of the cross. And once again who will be saved and go to Heaven? Those who having heard the message about the cross, believe.
So our job as Christians is not to worry to much about fancy arguments but to concentrate on that message of the cross. And those who wish to know God must look for the message of the cross.

Heaven and Hell

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18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

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Let’s have a little look at what the Bible says about Heaven and He’ll and something of who goes where.

This little quote from the Bible, a letter to an early church by the apostle Paul, Speaks of two groups of people, ” those who are perishing” and those of ” us who are being saved”. I think we can understand this as meaning those who are going to Hell and those who are going to Heaven, Even though there is no reference to it here. The difference between those who are going to heaven and those who are going to Hell, according to this passage is the reaction to the word of the cross.
So if you wonder “Am I going to Heaven OrHell ?” Then ask yourself what does the word of the Cross mean to you.