“Wisdom From The Spirit,” 1 Corinthians 2:9-16

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“The “Holy Ghost,”  “Holy Spirit” The Doctrine (Beliefs Taught by The Church) of The Holy Spirit, as Part of The Doctrine of The Trinity, is in part at least beyond human comprehension, and we are limited to The Statements of The Scriptures.  The Scriptures Present The Holy Spirit as A Distinct Personality and as part of The Godhead or Trinity (Matthew 3:16-17) and Personal Pronouns are used (John 16:13-14).   His Deity is likewise emphasized by giving to Him Names That Belong To God (Acts 5:3-4) and Divine Attributes are stated as Belonging To Him.  The Work of The Holy Spirit is of The Utmost Importance to men (1 Corinthians 2:11-12).  He is The Immediate Source of Life (Psalm 104:29, 30); He Played An Important part in The Coming of Christ (Luke 1:35); and He is The Revealer of Divine Truth and Thus The Source of The Inspired Scriptures (John 14:26).  This means The Holy Spirit is Active in Conversions (Rebirth) and in The Edification (Spiritual and Moral Improvement) of The Believer by The Word of which He Is The Author (1 Peter 1:19-21).  As Part of This The Holy Spirit Is Said To Dwell In Us.

“Wisdom From The Spirit,” 1 Corinthians 2:9) But As It Is Written, Eye hath not see, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, The Things Which God Hath Prepared for them That Love Him.  Isaiah 64:4.  10) But God Hath Revealed Them unto us By His Spirit:  For The Spirit Searcheth All Things, Yea, The Deep Things Of God.  Luke 2;26.  11) For what man knoweth the things of man, save the spirit of man which is in him?  even so The Things of God Knoweth no man, But The Spirit Of God.  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.  Romans 8:15.  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.  2 Peter 1:16.  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.  Romans 8:5; Jude 19.  15) But he that is Spiritual Judgeth All Things, yet he himself is Judged of no man.  Proverbs 28:5.  16) For who hath Known The Mind Of The Lord, that he may instruct him?  But we Have The Mind of Christ.    

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v9-12, Through His Spirit:  Only The Holy Spirit Could Reveal The Truths Of God (see 2 Peter 1:19-21).  knows…know:  The first verb refers to innate knowledge (the knowledge we are born with); the second refers to experiential knowledge (derived from experience).  We could never have discovered The Mysteries of God of The Benefits of Christ’s Death by ourselves.   v13, The Holy Spirit Teaches:  Paul emphasized that the intellectuals of this world could not teach the knowledge he was giving to the Corinthian Believers.  comparing Spiritual Things with Spiritual:  The Greek term translated comparing may also mean “to combine or “to interpret.”  In other words, the phrase teaches The Spiritual Truths Of God Are Combined with The Spiritual Vocabulary of The Apostles (see 2 Peter 1;20, 21; 2 Timothy 3:16).  v14-16, natural man:  The natural person does not have The Spirit Of God, in contrast to The Christian Who does have The Spirit (15:44-46).  Receive means “to welcome.”  This verb does not pertain to discovering the meaning of a passage, but applying the meaning to life.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v9, There Are Things God Hath Prepared for those That Love Him, and Wait For Him, which sense cannot discover, no teaching can convey to our ears, and that can not yet enter our hearts.  We must take Them as They Stand In The Scriptures, As God Hath Been Pleased To Reveal Them to us.  v10-16, God Has Revealed True Wisdom to us By is Spirit.  Here is A Proof of The Divine Authority Of The Holy Scriptures, 2 Peter 1:21.  In Proof Of The Divinity Of The Holy Ghost, observe, That He Knows All Things, And He Searches All Things, Even The Deep Things Of God.  No one can know The Things Of God, but His Holy Spirit, Who Is One With The Father And The Son, and Who Makes Known Divine Mysteries To His Church.  This is most clear Testimony, both to The Real God-Head and The Distinct Person Of The Holy Spirit.  The Apostles were not guided by worldly principles.  They had The Revelation of These Things From The Spirit Of God, and The Saving Impression of Them From The Same Spirit.  These Things they declare in plain, simple language, Taught By The Holy Spirit, totally different from the affected oratory or enticing works of man’s wisdom.  The natural man, the wise man of the world, receives not The Things Of The Spirit Of God!  The Pride of carnal reasoning is really as much opposed to Spirituality, as the bassest sensuality.  The Sanctified Mind  Discerns The Real Beauties of Holiness, but The Power Of Discerning and Judging about common and natural things is not lost.  But the carnal man is a stranger to The Principles, and Pleasures, and Actings (or, Actions) of The Divine life.  The Spiritual man only, is the person to whom God Gives The Knowledge Of His Will.  How little have any Known Of The Mind Of God by natural power!  And The Apostles were enabled By His Spirit to Make Known His Mind.  In The Holy Scriptures, The Mind Of Christ , and The Mind Of God In Christ, are fully made known to us.  It is The Great Privilege of Christians, that they Have The Mind Of Christ Revealed to them By His Spirit.  They experience His Sanctifying Power in their hearts, and Bring Forth Good Fruits in their lives. 


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