Saturday 27 July, 2013

1 Corinthians 2:6-13

6 The words we speak to those who have grown in the faith are wise. Our words are different from the words of the wise people or rulers of this world. People like that aren’t going anywhere. 7 No, we speak about God’s secret wisdom. His wisdom has been hidden. But before time began, God planned that his wisdom would bring us heavenly glory. 8 None of the rulers of this world understood God’s wisdom. If they had, they would not have nailed the Lord of glory to the cross. 9 It is written, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has known what God has prepared for those who love him.” (Isaiah 64:4) 10 But God has shown it to us through his Spirit. The Spirit understands all things. He understands even the deep things of God. 11 Who can know the thoughts of another person? Only a person’s own spirit can know them. In the same way, only the Spirit of God knows God’s thoughts. 12 We have not received the spirit of the world. We have received the Spirit who is from God. The Spirit helps us understand what God has freely given us. 13 That is what we speak about. We don’t use words taught to us by people. We use words taught to us by the Holy Spirit. We use the words of the Spirit to teach the truths of the Spirit.

Verse 9 from this passage is frequently quoted, usually in reference to what a wonderful place heaven is going to be.  On reading through the passage thoroughly though, I have realized that you cannot quote verse 9 without quoting verse 10 – there isn’t a full stop between the two verses!  God’s spirit is what reveals to us, “the things God has prepared for those who love him”.  Verse 12 talks about us receiving God’s spirit so that we can know the wonderful things that God has freely given us.  And this isn’t just for when we are in heaven either!  It means that God’s spirit, the Holy Spirit, is revealing to me the wonders of God and all that He has for me right now!  It is through the Spirit of God that I get to know God, not by my own reading, not by my own effort, but by the working of the Holy Spirit.  I don’t have to wait for heaven to see wondrous things from God!  They are all around me all the time, if I would just listen to the Spirit of God revealing them and Himself to me! It is like putting rose-coloured glasses on, but instead they are “Holy-Spirit”-coloured glasses!

Lord, help me to listen to your Holy Spirit revealing more of you and your work to me.  Help me to have a heart sensitive to your leading and prompting.  Help me to see you in all that I do and see around me!

Written by Ps.Jen Irving

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