1 Corinthians 2

 

1 Corinthians 2:1,2
And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.

For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

Intriguing verses. I mean, really, when you fathom the depths of truth under the surface of the differences between Jesus Christ and Christ Jesus, the bible comes to life in a remarkable way.

Jesus Christ was the man as he was when he was alive, while Christ Jesus is the man as he is right now, the resurrected Christ seated at the right hand of God. The Corinthians were so wrapped up in their childish bickerings and contentions that Paul could only take them as far as Jesus Christ the man and what he accomplished for us when he gave his life for us. They were so immature he coudn't take them into the spiritual depths of the Grace Administration and what Christ Jesus means to us today.

1 Corinthians 2:3-5
And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit [spirit] and of power:

That your faith [believing] should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

Demonstration of the spirit implies manifestations of the spirit, which would have been speaking in tongues, tongues with interpretation and prophesy at home churches, as well as the other manifestations when people believed.

Of the spirit and of power in verse 4 is the figure of speech hendiadys, which could be translated spiritual power.

1 Corinthians 2:6
Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

Perfect would be better understood as mature or of full age. He's just reprimanded them for their bickering and squabbling, and told them because they were so childish he couldn't take them beyond the man Jesus Christ and the resurrection. Now he's explaining that if they want the true depth of wisdom in the scriptures they had better grow up. Paul was being gentle with them, but firm. He wasn't shouting at them or trying to make them feel bad or ridiculing them, he was trying to reach their hearts. Isn't that what parents do with squabbling children?

This wisdom Paul was offering wasn't worldy wisdom, meaning it wasn't PhD stuff, it wasn't worldly education, and nor was it spiritualism or anything to do with the devil spirits who run the world, referred to here as the princes of this world.

1 Corinthians 2:7,8
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

Had the princes of this world known the mystery, they would not have murdered Jesus Christ. That's what the word says. The devil and his spirits didn't know anything about the mystery because it was hidden. God kept it a secret. No one knew anything about it, not even the god of this world. No one knew anything about it until God revealed it to Paul. If the devil had known the mystery, if he had known about us and what we would have in Christ Jesus, he would not have murdered the man Jesus Christ. That's quite a truth. Note also that God ordained the mystery for our glory, not his, but ours. What we have in Christ Jesus is far more than the devil ever had even when he was the angel of light.

1 John 4:4
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

The word tells us later in the gospel of John that we can do greater works than Jesus Christ did. Today, because of the reality of the mystery, we can raise men and women from the dead and give them eternal life. Jesus Christ could not do that. It took his death and resurrection to make it available.

John 14:12
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

What works did Jesus Christ do? He gave sight to the blind, raised the dead, fed multitudes, healed lepers, and a thousand other things, yet according to the word we can do greater works than Jesus Christ ever did. That's why the devil would not have crucified him had he known that we would have Christ in us the hope of glory. The mystery is so fabulous and so astonishing that it never even entered into the wildest imaginations of anyone's heart.

1 Corinthians 2:9-11
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

There was no capitalisation in the original texts so all capitalisation is devoid of authority. Our job as responsible workmen of the word is to get back to God's original intent. The spirit of God in these verses is obviously referring to the gift of holy spirit which we all have, so pneuma should be translated lower case in every instance. Let's correct the translational errors.

1 Corinthians 2:9-11
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

But God hath revealed them unto us by his spirit: for the spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the spirit of God.

The only possible way we can understand the scriptures and the deep things of God is if we are born again and have the gift of holy spirit. If someone has no holy spirit, then they are just body and soul, dead in trespasses and sins as the bible refers to it. We preach these words of life so men can believe and be raised from the dead. That's the greater works than Jesus Christ could do. Whenever someone receives the gift of holy spirit they receive eternal life, and it is that spirit that reveals to us the deep things of God. If you doubt me, please don't doubt the word because that's precisely what the next verse says.

1 Corinthians 2:12
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.

Another way of looking at this is that if someone does not have the spirit of God, that gift of holy spirit, it is impossible for them to know about the things freely given to us of God. Note the correct translation of both instances of the word spirit in the verse. The spirit which is of God is the gift of holy spirit we receive at the time of the new birth.

1 Corinthians 2:13
Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost holy spirit teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

Unbelievably, after correctly translating the two usages of pneuma as spirit in the previous verse, the translators capitilised pneuma hagion here and translated it as Holy Ghost. If that isn't a manipulative twisting of scripture, I don't know what is. The context is holy spirit, that which we receive from God at the time of the new birth. There has been no change of subject, so pneuma hagion should be translated holy spirit here.

1 Corinthians 2:14
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit [spirit] of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

As we have already noted, the only way anyone can possibly understand things of the spirit is if they have the gift of holy spirit. Someone who does not have holy spirit is not capable of understanding things of the spirit. To men of body and soul, spiritual matters are foolishness. Preach the word to them, tell them about God raising the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead. If they believe, they will receive holy spirit and the bible will no longer be foolishness to them, it will be the power of God. Go and raise some people from the dead and enjoy doing greater works than Jesus Christ ever did.

1 Corinthians 2:15,16
But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

The mind of Christ is a figurative reference to the gift of holy spirit we receive when we are born again. If we have Christ in us, we have the mind of Christ, and if we have the mind of Christ we can understand spiritual matters and the deep things of God.


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