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One Corinthians Two

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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

1 Corinthians 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

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

1 Corinthians 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

1 Corinthians 2:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

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:

come to nought. Since all the humanistic philosophy of the world's intellectuals will eventually come to nothing, it seems foolish to waste valuable time studying philosophy, except possibly for the purpose of refuting it.

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

before the world. True wisdom, centered in Christ, existed in the heart of God before the world began. “Doth not wisdom cry? ... The Lord possessed me in the beginning of His way, before His works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was ... For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death” (Proverbs 8:1, 22-23, 35-36).

1 Corinthians 2:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

1 Corinthians 2:9 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.

as it is written. The reference comes from Isaiah 64:4, but Paul has interpreted “waiteth for Him” as “love Him.” The glories of “the new heavens and the new earth” (Isaiah 66:22) are beyond human imagination, for they are being “prepared” for us by Christ Himself (John 14:2-3).

1 Corinthians 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

hath revealed. Some of these heavenly glories have, indeed, been revealed to us through the Apostle John, in Revelation 21 and 22.

1 Corinthians 2:11 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.

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.

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

the Holy Ghost teacheth. Paul thus claims that his teachings are not really his, but God's, for their very words are taught by the Holy Spirit. This is a clear claim to divine verbal inspiration of Paul's own epistles.

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

the natural man. The “natural” man, still unsaved, cannot appreciate spiritual truths. He must first understand Christ's atoning sacrifice for Him, but even that is “foolishness” to Him (1 Corinthians 1:18) until the Holy Spirit Himself convicts him of its reality (John 16:7-11). The Spirit, of course, may use His Word and the witness of believers guided by Him to accomplish this.

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

1 Corinthians 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

mind of the Lord. See note on Isaiah 40:13 and note on Romans 11:34.

the mind of Christ. “Let this mind be in you,” says Paul, “which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5), referring to His humility and His willingness to suffer and die that others might be saved.