1 Corinthians 2:9-16
9 That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 10 But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. 11 No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. 12 And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us. 13 When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. 14 But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. 15 Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. 16 For, “Who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?” But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.
Do you really get it? Do I? After reading this passage today, I’m not so sure. I was brought to a vulnerable place after reading this chapter. The apostle Paul delivers a soul-piercing message relating cognitive processing (i.e., thinking and comprehension) with the Spirit of God. Paul most certainly would have made an exceptional neuropsychologist; yet, he was beyond the science. Paul GOT IT! This is how Paul introduced his message in the very first verses of 1 Corinthians chapter 2.
“When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan. 2 For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling. 4 And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. 5 I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.
Yes sir, Paul got it! As faithful as he was, he approached in weakness. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate that Paul did not overcompensate for his feelings of weakness, timidity, and nervousness. Instead, he released it all to the Father and simply “forgot everything except Jesus Christ.” Yes—-there it is. At that very moment, in our weakest of human ability and character, God’s strength was made perfect in Paul’s weakness.
There is absolutely no need to even attempt to put “self” into the equation. When it comes to spiritual matters, our abilities come directly from the Father; all others are dust in comparison. Because Paul allowed the Spirit to control his tongue, his message, and his delivery, he was able to speak wisdom that does not come from human ability—this is Spirit-led. Even more, Paul continued to explain that believers have “the mind of Christ” living within them in the form of the Holy Spirit—“For who can know the Lord’s thoughts” except the Spirit Himself?
Have we fully acknowledged, allowed, or even understood that we hold the mind of Christ deep within our soul? Again in verse 10 we read, “But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. 11 No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit.“
Are you beginning to wrap your head around this? I have a hard enough time comprehending the deepest parts of the ocean much less the Father’s depths. In fact, it’s impossible to understand. Yet, the Holy Spirit who shows us even God’s secrets and knows the Father’s thoughts lives in me!
So, the questions now become:
Why are you blocking this Spirit-filled power?
Have you prayed for God to bless you with His greatest of gifts so that you may go forth and use them to further His Kingdom?
Are you communicating with the Spirit through prayer and Bible study so you may hear God’s thoughts?
I despise giving the devil credit for anything. However, he has done a good job in blocking us from fully understanding this power, why? The evil one is fully aware of his demise, and he knows that a Spirit-led believer is more powerful than him…only through the blood of Jesus Christ and not of ourselves! The devil truly loves a lukewarm Christian. We have in fact discussed this before. The same God who raised Jesus from the grave is living inside of you as a believer. Why would we ever want to be quiet, dim, unconcerned, and unmoved?
Sadly, most of us are simply unmoved! We hold the Spirit like He is a life-preserver. We only pull Him out when needed in times of emergency. No, let us break free from the chains of misperception and misunderstanding. Let us challenge the idea that we can’t impact a Kingdom-sized change. What is your purpose dear friend? Why do you think you are here? I pray that the Spirit will unveil your eyes!
Question: Where are your thoughts coming from? [Spirit-led or worldly]
Question: How will you seek to be Spirit-led, casting off your abilities and trading them for God’s mind and ways?