1 Corinthians 2:6-16

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1 Corinthians 2:6–16 - [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.

[14] The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. [15] The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. [16] “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. (ESV)


  • God’s Wisdom
    • God’s eternal plan of redemption
    • The eternal truths of God
  • World’s Wisdom
    • Philosophies, morals, and thoughts without the truth of God
  • Learning to trust in the Wisdom of God and not the wisdom of man.
  • God’s Wisdom = Having the mind of Christ

The spiritual man is open to the truths of of God

  • Mature – v. 6
    • converted
  • In Christ
  • Wisdom – The Gospel
  • The Gospel is more than just “getting saved”… it is the MESSAGE OF LIFE CHANGE
  • Decreed before the ages – v. 7
  • What God has prepared – v. 9
  • The life, death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and return of Jesus Christ.

The natural man is opposed to the truths of God

  • It is a secret and is hidden from them – v. 7
  • No eye, no ear, nor heart can… – v. 9
  • Man cannot comprehend the thoughts of God – v. 11
  • The things of God are folly to him – v. 14
  • Man cannot understand – v. 14
  • Natural man does not just stumble upon God!

The Gospel is God’s eternal truth for redemption

  • Decreed before the ages – v. 7
  • What God has prepared – v. 9
  • In and through Christ

The Holy Spirit illuminates God’s truth

  • Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God – v. 10
  • The Spirit reveals the Gospel – v. 10
  • The Spirit reveals the thoughts of God – v. 10-11
    • Minds and hearts
    • Word and Spirit
  • Believers receive the Spirit at conversion – v. 12
    • Romans 8:11
    • 1 Cor 6:19-20
  • Believers CAN understand the things freely given by God – v. 12

The Coming of the Spirit:

John 14:16-18

  • Another… one like Jesus
  • Helper – to come alongside.
  • Spirit of truth
  • Dwells with and be with you
    • Filled when we are saved

Acts 1:8

  • The promise of the Power – the received power
    • Romans 1:16

Acts 2:1-4

  • Spirit fell on the believers

The spiritual person is a discerner of truth

  • Judges all things – v. 15
  • Have the mind of Christ – v. 16
    • The means for our maturity
    • Remember… the Spirit within us!
    • It is more than me living FOR Christ…. I have the Spirit IN me

We can have the mind of Christ

  • If born again… then I have everything I need to LIVE OUT THE WISDOM OF GOD
  • As a Church of born again people… We have everything we need to LIVE OUT THE WISDOM OF GO

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