Here is another study on 1 Corinthians! I am going to talk about 'true wisdom.'
"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." (2:6)
The usage of perfect in this passage of Scripture means 'mature.'
"But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory." (7)
The usage of mystery in this passage means 'the mystery of the Gospel, the Christian dispensation, as having been long hidden and first revealed in later times.' The Holy Spirit communicates things to us that the fleshly man could never understand. Yet we understand, because the LORD made us to know these things, and to love these things.
"Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would have not crucified the Lord of glory." (8)
The intricacy of God's plan for our salvation was beyond what any man could comprehend. Even if we tried, we could only generally know that God foreknew the plan of salvation. That is it.
God used the ignorance of the reprobate to bring salvation to those who would believe. My God is a genius God, a genius with '#inf' IQ.
"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." (9)
The things that God prepared for the elect are amazing. Spiritual benefits include wisdom, piety, honesty, humility, and many other good gifts. The reprobate have no such benefits, for they would never understand.
"But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God." (10)
With the Holy Spirit, we are able to understand the things of the LORD. Carnal man has no affiliation with things of the Spirit, because he does not want the things of the Spirit.
"For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of a man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God." (11)
With the strange sentence ordering of the King James Version, I can only get a general idea of what it means. I believe it is saying that the reprobate man cannot know the things of God. Only through the Holy Spirit does any man know the things of God.
"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." (12)
The Holy Spirit guides our lives in ways that the reprobate man will scoff at us for. Yet we are called to be holy.
"Which things we also speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual." (13)
God's wisdom is not man's legalism. Man can set up many rules, yet does it entirely of his flesh, and goes to Hell for unbelief. God's wisdom is a special kind of wisdom. It is a wisdom that is eminent through our daily lives, in our communications with others, in our studies, and in practically all part of our lives. It is a holy wisdom.
"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." (14)
The reprobate man is truly blind. He seeks after something, but it is not God! I know what he seeks. I know whom he seeks. Himself… The reprobate man always seeks after his own fleshly desires. He is entirely selfish in the sense that he does things for himself. He is unable to see the things of God. He can see the things of Satan, though! Many a reprobate are involved in occult religions, because those religions ultimately serve the self.
"But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man." (15)
We, as Christians, see the spiritual things for what they are. We are to judge the spirits to see if they are of God. Many churches are occult and are jam-packed with reprobates who are seeking an experience for their own selfish reasons. When we go to such a church, the Spirit of God will tell us to leave and wipe the dust off our feet.
"For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ." (16)
We have the ability to see Christ for who He really is. Many a reprobate see Christ as a historical figure at best, and a myth at worst. They do not understand, and never will understand Christ's sacrifice for their sins. Therefore Christ's atonement will not be effective for them.
Goodnight fellow readers. I hope the Word of God has inspired you to read your Bible more.