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1 Corinthians 2

Jerry Zhang
Jerry Zhang

1 min read

God's Power Before Our Power

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. โ€“ 1 Corinthians 2:2-5

Is Paul telling us to forget the world and just focus on God? Yes and no. Yes in the sense that when it comes to compare what we know, we should focus far more on God rather than the world. No in the sense that we still should be practical since we live in the world, even if we're not of the world.

So it's figurative; a hyperbole.

Spiritual Wisdom

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. โ€“ 1 Corinthians 2:12-13

Paul emphasizes that we as Christians have the spirit of God. Before being in Christ, we may only have had worldly wisdom. Now, we are in the spirit.

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. โ€“ 1 Corinthians 2:14

Paul refers to worldly wisdom and how people of the world, even with all the most advanced and revolutionary worldly wisdom, cannot possibly understand Christ or his followers. Science's limitation is that it can only verify repeatable results. But God isn't confined to such a boundary.

The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. โ€“ 1 Corinthians 2:15

Paul refers to a fully mature Christian armed with spiritual wisdom, who can understand both things of the world and things of the spirit. In addition, no one with only worldly wisdom can hope to understand a fully mature Christian.

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Jerry Zhang

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