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I Corinthians 1 Part 2–The Holy Spirit’s Wisdom

Through the ages, there have been some brilliant people that have expounded on all issues of men and left their marks on the world.  Still, none of the greats, Aristotle, Socrates, Plato, Einstein, Nobel; Vonnegut, or Kierkegaard could hold a candle to the Holy Spirit’s wisdom.  

Classical greek philosophers set: Socrates,Plato and Aristotle

I have known our Lord personally since 1969.  Throughout my journey I have trusted the Holy Spirit to guide me through various periods and then listened to the reason of men in others.  As a nearly 60-year-old guy looking back, there is no contest as it relates to the soundness of God’s wisdom; granted through His spirit.

Paul was himself a scholar.  He was trained by the rabbi of rabbi’s Gamaliel.  He was a superstar in the Jewish Pharisee community as a zealous, diligent, and focused protector of His faith.  When God spoke to Him on the road to Damascus, Paul was transformed.  He was no longer the cocky, ravenous, persecutor the Christian faith, He was a broken and humbled evangelist.

In this chapter, Paul tells these Corinthian followers that no matter how sound a man’s logic may seem, it simply does not compare to the wisdom granted by the Holy Spirit.  Paul reminds the readers that his initial foray into planting their church was not some eloquent evangelistic tour; where Paul “Wowed the Crowd” with a theological and philosophical cavalcade.  Instead, Paul came humbly and with a simple message–Christ and Him crucified. That simple message changed the course of Corinth and built a church that accessed the entire known world.

We, like Paul, have the Holy Spirit to guide and direct our lives.  God’s word speaks to today’s world and issues as if it were being broadcast directly to newsfeeds. When we read the word and pray, God’s Spirit reveals amazing and relevant truths through the simplest of messages.  We must never underestimate God’s word, nor can we fail to heed the Spirit’s moving in our lives.  If we do, then we will later seem like fools; having known the truth but failing to follow its lead.

Sam Cathey, the great evangelist, (who, incidentally, led my wife to Jesus) said it best, “God’s word can sure shed some light on those books of philosophy and those Christain commentaries!”  It is God and His Spirit, not the books, that guide us to the truth!

God Bless You

And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.[a] For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

God’s Wisdom Revealed by the Spirit

We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written:

“What no eye has seen,
    what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”[b]
    the things God has prepared for those who love him—

10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.

The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.


This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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