Reading: 1 Corinthians 2
Summary: Paul wished to assure the Corinthians that what he had preached to them was not his own message but that which had come from God. Remember the tendency of the Corinthians to ally themselves with individual preachers (see 1:12) which was contributing to the divisions in the church. They did not need to hear Paul, they needed to hear God, and by the message which he preached (and now wrote) was one which originated with God’s Holy Spirit.
The Most Important Thing You Could Know
What’s the most important thing you know?
You may have found out the key to success; you may have learned the secrets of making big money; you may have learned how to wield great influence over people. Having this knowledge has set you apart from others. After all, if everyone knows it, it wouldn’t be special, would it?
The reality is that the most important thing anyone can know is available to everyone. No kidding. The Bible says, “We have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2:16).
Paul has just discussed the “secret and hidden wisdom of God”—talk about exclusive knowledge (1 Cor. 2:7). That’s knowledge no one could have were it not for the work of the Holy Spirit who has searched God’s mind and revealed that knowledge which Paul and other inspired writers and teachers imparted “in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit” (1 Cor. 2:13).
In other words, we have by revelation the mind of God and Christ available to us in His word by the work of the Holy Spirit. It is not without reason that the Bible is the greatest book ever written; it is the most important information available to man.
Could we be any more foolish than when we ignore it, neglect it, and remain ignorant of it?