Monday, February 21, 2011

It was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit

1Cor. 2:10-16 NLT 
   10 [I]t 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.

Read this passage slowly and carefully. Realize that here we have internal evidence for our belief of the Bible being inspired directly by God's Holy Spirit. In verse 13 Paul tells the Corinthians--who were disputing things he had taught them and was writing them--tells them that the words he used were given directly by God. Paul was being a prophet in that he spoke words God gave him. He did not shade meanings or soften impact to meet political correctness expectations of God's opponents. He told it like God said to tell it. That is how we must speak when we share the scripture with others. The scriptures are not to be tampered with or shaded to become more palatable to non-believers. They are what they are and they say what they say. When we speak Scriptures then we are speaking the mind of God.  Other religions cannot say that their scriptures are the mind of any other deity they may declare. Only in Judeo Christian heritage do we have the written Word of God speaking His mind to all humanity (vs 15).

God's Spirit shows His obedient followers the deep secrets. Non-believers reading the Bible will probably not see what you and I see in the same passages and pages, even when we show them. Until they come to a point of faith believing in Christ, their eyes will not be able to fully penetrate God's message in the Bible's pages. Should they pray for faith before reading, then God will respond to them as He does to us. But without such a step, the pages of the Bible do sound sort of foolish to them (vs 14). One other thing to notice in verse 14 is this. Why are you fretting about how non-spiritual people might evaluate you? They cannot evaluate you because they cannot understand you. You can evaluate them because you have the Spirit of God to guide your evaluations, but they are not capable of evaluating you. Think about that. It should bring you great peace.

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