Saturday, 13 December 2008

1st Corinthians Chapter 2

As we have seen the epistle was written by the apostle Paul.  Paul was a highly educated man. He was educated by Gamaliel (Acts 22:3, 5:34), the leading teacher in Jerusalem. He certainly could have posed any number of interesting and complicated arguments that his opponents would have had great difficulty in answering. He chose not to, rather relying on the power of the gospel. Rom. 1:16
"For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified" (2 Cor 2:2) – this speaks volumes about God and salvation.  Jesus Christ is our saviour.  It is his crucifixion that brings us salivation.  Unless we understand that all else is superfluous.

“…your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God” 1 Cor 2:5
This is not the way of the world. The world, in its wisdom tells us that there is no God. There is a lot we can learn from the world, but spiritual things are not among them.

While the gospel is foolish to the world, we understand the wisdom in it. God saw what the problem was from the beginning and prophesised the plan that would save us (Gen 3:15). Sin is what causes the separation between God and man (Isa. 59:1-2)

Jesus was crucified for the salvation of our sins. There were animal sacrifices under the Old Law, but they were never enough to save man(Heb 10:1-4). It took Jesus to die in order for sins to be forgiven and peace be made between God and man.

God had a means for revealing, what Paul called a “mystery”. He chose the Holy Spirit to reveal His wisdom. Paul tells us, “But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God” (vs.14). Paul contrasts the “natural man” with the “spiritual man” (Rom 8:1-8)

One of the main problems that the Church in Corinth had was they were looking to the natural man, rather than the Spiritual man.

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