Put a Little Light on It
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 age understood 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”— 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. 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?” But we have the mind of Christ.
We are in this section of 1 Corinthians chapter 2 that is headed...
God’s Wisdom Revealed by the Spirit
Last week we ended with verse 10
10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
Those things that God has revealed to us, by His Spirit is the mystery of the gospel, and eternal focus of the promise of eternity with Christ.
The incomparable riches of His grace that God has chosen to reveal to us before time began.
Now, in the verses going forward Paul compares this wisdom or revelation from God, to the standard everyday wisdom of the world.
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.
Paul gives us a comparison here. First item in the comparison is something everyone can understand, believer, and non-believer alike. It is not necessarily even spiritual.
For who knows a persons thoughts except their own spirit within them?
Notice the small “s”, spirit. Paul is speaking about private thoughts we have. The thing we think is in our own head, no one has access to it.
In the same way, or likewise-no one knows the thoughts of God-except the Spirit of God- That is capital S, spirit or Holy Spirit.
So just like another people cannot know your thoughts, unless you reveal them. So likewise we don;t get to know what God the Father is thinking.
But wow do we ever want to know. If I could just know what plans God has. When will I die, when will this suffering end. When will Jesus return?
We do not get to know some things. God in His infinite wisdom, has chosen not reveal some things to you. And this is hard, very hard. But somethings we just don’t “get” to know.
SO, often people well either consciously or unconsiously make up things. They say God told them this or God told them that.
Religions are started this way. The Muslim faith began because Muhamed had an angle appear to him and give the secret wisdom of God. The same is true for the Mormon faith.
Theologians call the things that God has not chosen to reveal directly in his word the “secret will of God”.
Although it can be hard to go through life without all the answers we desire, we place our hand in the hand of Jesus and trust that what God the Father has chosen to reveal in HIs word, is that which we need to know. ANd as far as the secret will of God-If he hasn’t revealed it, we need to trust HIs goodness and wisdom that we do not need to know it.
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.
Paul writes, it is not the spirit of the world small “s”. The spirit of the world Paul could be referring to is that which is common to people before they believed in Christ. He could be referring to our conscience.
To some extant even a non-believer, even someone who has no interest in God, is able to distinguish right from wrong. They have a basic moral framework. They know to kill is wrong, to steal is wrong, to hurt people is wrong.
Of course this is not include those with a mental condition that may bot allow for that. There are people who do not have that framework, however for the most part, generally under normal conditions most people can tell right from wrong-regardless of their belief in Christ. This can be thought of as the small s spirit of the world.
But now the believers, have recieved the Spirit from God.
Notice capital “S”- That is the Holy Spirit.
When a person repents of their sins, believe the gospel, and follows Jesus the Holy Spirit comes and lives in them. This is called the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. We have received the Spirit from God.
SO that we may understand what God has freely given us.
The Holy Spirit helps us understand what God has given us. Sometimes in Scripture He is referred to as the Helper.
26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
This is called the illumination of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Sprit teaches us or helps us understand that which God has freely given us.
He illuminates of sheds light on that which God has already given us. The illumination of the Holy Spirit is not the same as revelation of the Holy Spirit.
Revelation is to reveal, that which we could not see. It is something new. God’s word has been written. What God has said, he has already revealed in His word, the Holy SPirit illuminate it.
It is like this. If it were dark in here I could not read the words of Scripture. I could not see them. But even though I could not see them the words are still there. God’s truth is still there it hasn’t changed it hasn’t moved.
When we read from John 1 this morning we read about a light a light shining in the darkness. The light was Jesus He was what-the word of God made flesh- In Jesus the truths of Scripture are revealed or made known.
Now, we talked about the mystery of the gospel that was planned from before time began. The truths of God, the fact that God loved us -even while we were still sinners- was there it was just that we were in the dark we could not see it.
We all have friends that are in the dark. They cannot see the truth of God as revealed in the word of God. The gospel is still a mystery.
They cannot see the goodness of God as displayed in the cross of Christ that was planned before time began. The incomparably great riches of his grace remains in the darkness, they remain ever seeing but never perceiving.
It is not until the Holy Spirit Illuminates for them or shines the light onto the pages of Scripture and they see that Jesus came from the Father to give us everlasting life.
The light of the Holy Spirit shines on the pages of scripture and a hunger for God’s word develops in our hearts. A thirst for righteousness drives us to his word. And we drink in his word and feast on the bread of life.
Suddenly the pages of Scripture light up as we see Christ shining on page after page. The riches of mercy and his grace overflow the pages into our hearts as we see the promises of God in a whole new light.
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.
At some point as we have the light shine on scripture we not only have the truths of God illuminated in our hearts but we speak these things in our homes, in our churches to our families and our friends.
He says we speak words taught by the Spirit expalining spiritual realities with spirit taught words.
Sometimes this verse is discussed concerning speaking in tongues. I don;t think that is what Paul is getting at here. There is a discussion one way or the other to have about speaking in tongues, su but I don’t think this passage speaks directly to that.
He says explaining spiritual realities. That seems to indicate that with these spirit taught words, there is a better understanding of the spiritual coming out out of the discussion than there was going in. It seems that Paul is saying that there is a conversation to explain the spiritual better.
It seems that an unintelligible language as tongues are described does fit with expalining spiritual realities better.
Also as Paul goes on.
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.
It still sounds as if there is a possibility of understanding the conversation.
So here is what I think is going on. If I as a believer were to approach my co-workers, or people on the street, and start saying wow, the Goodness of God was really on display at Jowane’s funeral, it was so good to worship God.
Or, if I walked into a bar and said I have been really struggeling with a temptaion in my life. I have anger toward my co-worker and I have beem praying about it. People would not understand. It would sound like foolishness to them.
What is this guy talking about the goodness of God at a funeral. a funeral is the saddest thing ever. Or whay do you mean praying about anger? Maybe you should punch the guy in the nose.
Instead when brothers of the faith or sisters of the faith come together the conversation is saturated with the Holy SPirit, and goes like this. he brother how are things going. I ahave been praying that somehow you will see the goodness of God in this. I pray that your spirit will be strengthened through this trial. How can i help you press on?
It is often then that the Holy SPirit illuminates scripture to share, and ways to pray.
If you do not have the spirit of God in you, it sems like foolishness.
15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments,
Here Paul may be referring to those that have passed judgement on Him as a no good preacher.
For all the believers who have reciebed judgement or glaring eyes, or accusations of foolishness for thier faith can rst in this verse, as could Paul.
Believers who are speaking words from the Holy Spirit are not subject to nerely human judgements,
16 for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
For again, no one knows the secret will of God, but we have the mind of Chirsat.
As the Holy Spirit has illuminated the pages of scripture we begin to understand Christ.
15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
Jesus says everything he has learned from the Father he has made known to the disciples.
As the Holy Spirit illuminates the pages of scripture for us, we begin to know the MIND of Christ. We know the sacrificial love that sent Jesus to die for us while we were still sinners.
I think Paul is setting the stage for the upcoming pages of this letter. He is calling us believers to higher view of the world.
A view like the mind of Christ. A view that recognizes that God the father is ultimately the one who judges those that do wrong.
A view that is sacrificial in nature, and yielding to God the Father.
In what place are we to pass judgement, when God is the one judges.
Paul is probably referring to Isiah 40.13
We as believers especially in today’s times sometimes look at the world and shake our finger and say look at the division, look at the immorality, look at the violence.
But God’s word is calling us to have the mind of Christ. The mind of Christ is the mind of the one who died on the cross while the world was still in darkness, while sinners were everywhere. The mind of Christ is the mind that as he was being unjustly condemned and judged he was still staying focused on God the Father.
We if we have the Spirit of God inside us, need to sacrificially love those still in darkness.
We need to find ways with the Help of the Holy Spirit to testify as to the goodness and mercy and grace and justice of God as displayed in the cross of Christ.
How have you loved the world to testify to the love of Christ? How can you love the world to show the goodness and grace and mercy of God? Who in your life needs to see God’s goodness.
I am going to take a moment and pray and ask the Lord to silently search our hearts and bring to mind people or ways or groups we can show the love of Christ.
Let us pray.