1 Corinthians
Chapter 2

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1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.

2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Commentary for 1 Corinthians 2

The plain manner in which the apostle preached Christ crucified. (1-5) The wisdom contained in this doctrine. (6-9) It cannot be duly known but by the Holy Spirit. (10-16)1-5 Christ, in his person, and offices, and sufferings, is the sum and substance of the gospel, and ought to be the great subject of a gospel minister's preaching, but not so as to leave out other parts of God's revealed truth and will. Paul preached the whole counsel of God. Few know the fear and trembling of faithful ministers, from a deep sense of their own weakness They know how insufficient they are, and are fearful for themselves. When nothing but Christ crucified is plainly preached, the success must be entirely from Divine power accompanying the word, and thus men are brought to believe, to the salvation of their souls.

6-9 Those who receive the doctrine of Christ as Divine, and, having been enlightened by the Holy Spirit, have looked well into it, see not only the plain history of Christ, and him crucified, but the deep and admirable designs of Divine wisdom therein. It is the mystery made manifest to the saints, #Col 1:26|, though formerly hid from the heathen world; it was only shown in dark types and distant prophecies, but now is revealed and made known by the Spirit of God. Jesus Christ is the Lord of glory; a title much too great for any creature. There are many things which people would not do, if they knew the wisdom of God in the great work of redemption. There are things God hath prepared for those that love him, and wait for him, which sense cannot discover, no teaching can convey to our ears, nor can it yet enter our hearts. We must take them as they stand in the Scriptures, as God hath been pleased to reveal them to us.

10-16 God has revealed true wisdom to us by his Spirit. Here is a proof of the Divine authority of the Holy Scriptures, #2Pe 1:21|. In proof of the Divinity of the Holy Ghost, observe, that he knows all things, and he searches all things, even the deep things of God. No one can know the things of God, but his Holy Spirit, who is one with the Father and the Son, and who makes known Divine mysteries to his church. This is most clear testimony, both to the real Godhead and the distinct person of the Holy Spirit. The apostles were not guided by worldly principles. They had the revelation of these things from the Spirit of God, and the saving impression of them from the same Spirit. These things they declared in plain, simple language, taught by the Holy Spirit, totally different from the affected oratory or enticing words of man's wisdom. The natural man, the wise man of the world, receives not the things of the Spirit of God. The pride of carnal reasoning is really as much opposed to spirituality, as the basest sensuality. The sanctified mind discerns the real beauties of holiness, but the power of discerning and judging about common and natural things is not lost. But the carnal man is a stranger to the principles, and pleasures, and actings of the Divine life. The spiritual man only, is the person to whom God gives the knowledge of his will. How little have any known of the mind of God by natural power! And the apostles were enabled by his Spirit to make known his mind. In the Holy Scriptures, the mind of Christ, and the mind of God in Christ, are fully made known to us. It is the great privilege of Christians, that they have the mind of Christ revealed to them by his Spirit. They experience his sanctifying power in their hearts, and bring forth good fruits in their lives.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 2

  • Steve morrow
    1 CORINTHIANS 2:4 and my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of mans wisdom but in demonstration of the spirit and of power --2:5-- that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men but in the power of GOD JOHN 6:63 it is the spirit that quickeneth the flesh profiteth nothing the words that --I SPEAK-- unto you they are spirit and they are life
  • Steve morrow
    1 CORINTHIANS 2:12 now we have received not the spirit of the world but the spirit which is of GOD that we might know the things that are freely given to us of GOD --2:13-- which things we also speak not in the words which mans wisdom teacheth but which the holy spirit teacheth comparing spiritual things with spiritual
  • Steve morrow
    1 CORINTHIANS 2:14 but the natural man receiveth not the things of the spirit of GOD for they are foolishness unto him neither can he know them because they are spiritually discerned --2:15-- but he that is spiritual --- judgeth all things --- yet he himself is judged of no man PROVERBS 21:15 IT IS JOY TO THE JUST TO DO JUDGEMENT BUT DESTRUCTION SHALL BE TO THE WORKERS OF INIQUITY
  • Ok
    carl...the natural man who has not been reconciled to God and who does not have or listen to the Holy Spirit , will not be able to discernunderstand the things of god.
  • Ok
    to carl williams question on v. 14: only those who have the Holy Spirit can correctly understand
  • Steve morrow
    1 CORINTHIANS 2:6 howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect yet not the wisdom of this world nor of the princes of this world---THAT COME TO NOUGHT---1 CORINTHIANS 14:20 brethren be not children in understanding howbeit in malice be you children---BUT IN UNDERSTANDING BE MEN---PHILIPPIANS 3:17 brethren be followers together of me and mark them which walk so as you have us as an ensample
  • Steve morrow
    1 CORINTHIANS 2:15 BUT HE THAT IS SPIRITUAL JUDGETH ALL THINGS YET HE HIMSELF --- IS JUDGED OF NO MAN --- MATTHEW 7:1 JUDGE NOT THAT YOU BE NOT JUDGED JOHN 8:15 you judge after the flesh I judge no man --8:16--and yet if I judge MY judgement is true for I am not alone but I and MY FATHER that sent ME 1 TIMOTHY 5:20 THEM THAT SIN --REBUKE-- BEFORE ALL THAT OTHERS MAY ALSO FEAR
  • Monique Bedford
    1 Corinthians 1:13 The natural man does understand the wisdom of God nor can it because it can only understand the mind of man but God is SPIRIT and TRUTH. When we receive the holy spirit we become partakers of Christ.... We now have the indwelling of the holy spirit which is the spirit of God. Which is why the word of God says the holy spirit, which is our comforter, will teach us all things
  • BSP
    Verse 14~To the physical man, spiritual things do not make sense to him because he can only see things from a physical point of view. The spiritual man can see things from both sides.
  • BSP
    Verse 13~We must reject human wisdom and reasoning and strive to be taught the wisdom from Jehovah God by means of his holy spirit.


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