So much to love about the month of June. I hope wherever you live there is beauty to see and a peaceful place to enjoy outside. It is especially wonderful if you are able to be outside while reading your Bible. A cup of coffee, your Bible and a spot to sit outside with the sounds of the early morning birds… heavenly!
If you have your copy of the June reading plan, you know that we are spending June in 1 & 2 Corinthians. If you haven’t got your copy yet, go to the 2021 Bible Reading Plan Page now and download yours. (See Menu at top of page)
Much of 1 Corinthians is about how to deal with the many problems in the church. Yes, the church. Paul wrote this to people who were believers.
For today, let’s take a few minutes to focus on chapter 2 of First Corinthians
In chapter 2 Paul describes his preaching and makes it clear that both the message and the power are from God not from man.
And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
In verse 9 through the end of chapter 2, Paul goes on to make clear the importance of the work of the Holy Spirit. This entire chapter is so powerful and should be read in context. If we select a verse without considering the surrounding verses we may sometimes miss necessary information. This is the case with verse 9. I have often seen this verse quoted alone and it completely changes the meaning. Notice that verse 10 begins with the word – BUT. To use verse 9 without verse 10 is misleading and actually the best understanding is to read all of chapter 2 together.
But as it is written:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
“But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit.”
-Wow! This is not to be overlooked.
Sometimes reading one more verse answers so much and makes all the difference.
There are a number of wonderful verses in this chapter to treasure and perhaps choose for scripture writing and scripture memory. They become even more powerful when they are understood within the context of the entire chapter.
How important do you think context is when reading and studying the Bible?
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Below are 2 videos from the Bible Project for 1 & 2 Corinthians
Please keep in mind that videos like this are designed to provide a simple overview.
They are not presented to ever replace Bible reading or study.