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”—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—
these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
1 Corinthians 2:6-10
Paul’s discussion continues in a very interesting way here as he moves from the simple message he preached to something much deeper. Recall that he indicated that his message in Corinth had been simplicity itself, but here he says that when speaking to the mature in Christ, but this deeper message has nothing to do with the wisdom of this world, for the wise according to the ways of this world simply cannot comprehend the wisdom that comes from God.
He refers to this “wisdom” as a mystery in verse 7: we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. He goes on to say that: None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. (v. 8)
Isn’t that an interesting little tidbit? What’s this “mystery”?
Paul quotes Isaiah 64:4 and tells his readers that the mystery is something that God has revealed by His Spirit, and that no one can conceive of it…
So, what is the mystery?!!
Paul is only just getting warmed and he has a lot more to say, don’t miss the next episode later today!