The Spirit Reveals All Things

1 Corinthians 2 addresses at length the topic of the Holy Spirit and what the Spirit reveals to us.  One verse that sticks out to me is 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NIV): 

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

Verse 10 says that it is the Holy Spirit who reveals these things to us.  We cannot even begin to comprehend the amazing things that God has prepared for us, but the Spirit can give us a glimpse of such wonderful things.  Here is what we learn about the Holy Spirit in this chapter:
  • The Holy Spirit’s power confirmed Paul’s teaching and preaching in the first century.  I believe that the Holy Spirit does the same thing in us today.  Have you ever heard a sermon or a Bible study and thought, “That just doesn’t sound right?”  Perhaps that is the Spirit’s power giving you a discerning ear.
  • The Holy Spirit reveals the wonderful plans that God has for those who love Him.  
  • The Holy Spirit reveals God’s thoughts to us.  The Spirit of God knows the mind of God and by the power of the indwelling Spirit, we can understand the things of God better than we could without the Holy Spirit.
  • The Holy Spirit inspired the Apostles to speak and to write the very Word of God.
  • The Holy Spirit helps us to discern what is Truth and what is not.
  • The Holy Spirit helps us to make spiritual judgments about all things, not mere human judgments.  The original Greek word for judgments meant to sift or to separate.  We are to make spiritual judgments without condemnation.

God’s Holy Spirit is a wonderful gift from God the Father who has given us the mind of Christ as it says in verse 16.  Let us call upon the Holy Spirit today to help us in our weaknesses and to help us make right judgments.  Let us rely upon the Holy Spirit today to discern God’s Truth from the lies of this world.  Let us listen to the Holy Spirit today as He reveals the mind of Christ in order that we may be more like Jesus.


1 Corinthians 2

New International Version (NIV)

2 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. 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power,5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

God’s Wisdom Revealed by the Spirit

6 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. 7 No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 However, as it is written:

“What no eye has seen,
    what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
    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. 14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16 for,

“Who has known the mind of the Lord
    so as to instruct him?”

But we have the mind of Christ.


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