What Does 1 Corinthians 2 Teach Us?

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‘Head scratchers’ across the globe have been searching for something for decades. Some people devote their lives to finding it, without ever succeeding. Others think that they have it, but truly don’t. No amount of slamming your head into question blocks can ever reveal it. So, what is this ever elusive treasure?

Wisdom.

What is wisdom, and how do we obtain it? Many different people would give many different answers to that question. Some might be correct, while others are miles off. Lets open our Bibles, and see what 1 Corinthians 1 and 2 say about this interesting topic.

The World’s Wisdom

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The world has a lot of things backwards. That’s why if you let your TV brainwash you, it’s likely you’ll start to confuse good and evil. The world teaches us to follow easy paths, and to do whatever makes us “happy” (no matter what the cost). The world wants you to stay in the “comfort zone”, without a second thought.

  • God teaches selflessness, the world teaches us to look out for ourselves
  • God teaches humility, the world teaches arrogance disguised as confidence
  • God teaches forgiveness, the world teaches that forgiveness is for weaklings
  • God teaches patience, the world teaches us that we deserve everything now
  • God teaches us redemption is a gift, the world teaches us that we are “good enough” despite our sins

The ways of the world hate the ways of God. Most people don’t run around blatantly saying, “Selfishness is the greatest thing ever!” But their actions speak louder than words.

1 Corinthians 1:18-31 (ESV)

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?

For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.

For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom,

but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles,

but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.

But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;

God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,

so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.

And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,

so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

Man’s Wisdom

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The wisdom of man fails. We can scramble to understand everything our textbooks say, but “known” things today, will be proven wrong tomorrow. You wouldn’t study from a 50 year old science book. The information is outdated, and in 50 more years people won’t likely be studying the books written today.

The Bible on the other hand, is full of timeless wisdom. God doesn’t produce a “2013 edition” one year, and a “2014” the next. He doesn’t need to! That’s because His wisdom doesn’t change.

1 Corinthians 2:1-5 (ESV)

And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom.

For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.

And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling,

and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,

so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

The knowledge that man gains without God becomes useless. We laugh at those who “knew the world to be flat”, without understanding how much we don’t understand ourselves. I’m not suggesting that you must be “uneducated”, but that you put the different forms of wisdom in their rightful place. There is no comparison when it comes to mans wisdom vs. God’s. Our Creator knows best.

The Spirit’s Wisdom

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Gamerfaith believes in taking the extra life! What that means is: We believe that God gives us an opportunity to start a new life, our sins covered, because of Jesus Christ. This concept baffles many people. The Spirit’s wisdom isn’t in the ways of the world, so they don’t understand God’s ways.

1 Corinthians 2:6-16 (ESV)

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.

But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory.

None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

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”–

these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.

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.

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.

And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.

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.

The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one.

“For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

Reading the Bible, prayer, and works of faith are important ingredients in a Christian’s life. All of these things need to fall under a bigger category though. They all need to be part of a relationship with God.

When we grow closer to God, we find ourselves thinking with the mind of Christ. When we think like Christ, we can live like Christ. We can live a life of loving God, loving others, and making disciples of Christ.

Matthew 28: 18-20 (ESV)

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

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I hope you liked studying 1 Corinthians 2 for a little bit. I suggest spending time studying it yourself.  What are your thoughts on the chapter?

Love you guys,

-Caleb

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