(cont. of S.1.6, “a”)
As Paul is trying to relay the topic of 1Cor., chpt. 2, he begins by pointing out that HIS talents are not particularly in the area of reliance upon the kind of “excellency of speech or of wisdom”(v.1), that is HUMANLY understood. He writes: “And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of HUMAN wisdom (v.4a), however, “. . . but in demonstration of the (Holy) Spirit and of power” (v.4b), so that “. . . your faith should not be in the wisdom of men, but in the POWER OF GOD.”
Paul continues that he and other gospel preachers “. . . speak the wisdom. of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom. . .” (v.7). Now, by “mystery” he means something that is hitherto as yet revealed; not something that is secret or vague. The term “mystery” here is from the Greek word “musterion” (Strong’s, #3466). In the NT it denotes, not as the English word mysterious, but that which being outside the range of unassisted natural apprehension, can be made known ONLY by Divine revelation, and is made known in a manner, and at a time appointed by Yahweh, and ONLY to those whom are illumined by His Spirit (the Holy Ghost; Heb. “Ruwach,” and Gk. “Paraclete”). In the English ordinary sense a “mystery” implies “knowledge withheld”. However, in Scriptural appreciation its signicance is “truth revealed.” The foregoing explanation can best be illustrated by the following parallel passage: “. . . the mystery having being hidden from all ages and generations; but now hath it been manifested to His saints.” — Col. 1:26
True wisdom is known ONLY by Divine revelation, and not by human discovery. It comes ONLY from Yahweh! Don’t try to argue the point with me. I won’t even twitch at an itch. If you don’t believe this universal truth, you’d be better off arguing with a stampede of raging bulls!!!
Revelation and human discovery are, clearly, two different things. There was a well-known preacher of a generation or so ago, that used to say: “revelation and discovery are two sides of the same coin.” NO! They are not! Proof of this is to look real closely at 1Cor. 2:9-10. Here, it is expressed matter-of-factly: “But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor hath it entered into the hearts of men, the things which Yahweh hath prepared for them that love HIM. But Yahweh hath revealed them unto bus by His Spirit; for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, even the deep things of Yahweh.” Paul expresses that there are things that Yahweh has revealed. He has unveiled (raised the coverings) on them so that we can come to know them, but ONLY via the Holy Spirit!
Now notice Paul’s next illustration that continues the same line of thought: “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of a man, which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but 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” (1Cor.2:11-12). Here Paul is taking a very simple everyday illustration and he is saying that no one knows what’s in you; only you and God know. The man knows his own mind because his mind is one with himself. The Spirit of God knows the things of God because he is ONE with God. And just as no man can come to know the knowledge of what is in another man’s head, unless that man reveals it, so neither can we know the secret counsels and purposes of Yahweh til He makes such known to us via His Holy Spirit. We cannot have known them at all until He had proposed (propositional revelation) them — objectively — in the external revelation; and we cannot know or believe them unto salvation until He enlightens the ‘faculty’ (“A man can receive (“lambano”. Strong’s #2983) nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven”(Jn.3:27), opening the mind’s eye, giving us such a knowledge of faith and of them.
It is all in the two verbs “knoweth” and “know”(v.12). The first — in the aorist/past tense — refers to innate knowledge; and the second verb — in the present tense — refers to experiential comprehensio.
And now we come to the capstone of the process when Paul writes: “These things we speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing Spiritual things with Spiritual”(v.13). Paul and the other composers of Scripture had not received this wisdom from the wise of the world, but from the Holy Spirit of Yahweh. And they didn’t ‘sugar-coat’ what they taught, nor did they put a ‘human-dress’ on it, but his “…speech and…preaching was…in demonstration of the Spirit and of power…(so)…that…(our) faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of Yahweh”(v.4-5). And lastly: “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of Yahweh, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are only Spiritually discerned”(v.14). The word “receiveth” (Gk. “dechomai”; Strong’s #1209), is a welcoming or appropriating reception, and means: to “welcome.” The verb does not pertain to discoverind the meaning of a passage, but in APPLYING the meaning to one’s life; i.e., appropriation of the things that one learns to their heart. “…receiveth not…” doesn’t mean he is unable to cognitively receive, but that one is incapable of EFFECTIVELY receiving. So, ultimately, the revelational understanding that man receives from Yahweh, he fails to apply to life and this results in a lack of Spiritual discernment, a lack of life experience and loss of fruitful blessings.
THIS is the first part of ISLAND #1: Revelation. In our next lesson we will deal with the second part of ISLAND #1:
(End of S.1.6, “aa”)
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