the Lord and say it is a mystery. The more we study, the more we hear of the Lord.
1 Corinthians 2 (NLT)
1 When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to
tell you God’s secret plan. 2 For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except
Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling. 4 And my
message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied
only on the power of the Holy Spirit. 5 I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power
6 Yet when I am among mature believers, I do speak with words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom
that belongs to this world or to the rulers of this world, who are soon forgotten. 7 No, the wisdom we speak
of is the mystery of God—his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory
before the world began. 8 But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not
have crucified our glorious Lord. 9 That is what the Scriptures mean when they say,
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared
for those who love him.”
> A lot of preachers stop there. But let’s continue on…
10 But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything
and shows us God’s deep secrets. 11 No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit,
and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. 12 And we have received God’s Spirit (not
the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.
Yes, the ways of God are mysteries. Non-church people think we are crazy. We are bashed while other
groups call for tolerance. We sound crazy when we start seeing what the Bible says – by Faith:
> “I believe God created the world in 7 days.”
> “I believe my sins are forgiven.
We have to have faith by God. But we should not cave in to what others think. I’d rather be a foolish man
in God than a smart man in the world. In Isaiah we see the Old Testament way of looking at God. Holy Spirit
would come upon them, but not in them because we had sin in us. Holy Spirit couldn’t come in us until
Jesus died on the Cross. We now have the Spirit of God.
I don’t care how much you study in the natural, you won’t know what those mysteries will be. What is our
purpose in our lives? To the world what else is there?
God can already see everything: from beginning to the end. God has a plan for us, but how do we know
what that is? We need to study the Bible. All this wisdom/understanding is nothing without the Spirit.
Joshua Boyd (Young Adult Fellowship Teacher, Tremont Church)