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God's Ways Revealed

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1 Corinthians 2:6-16

"(6) We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. (7) No, we declare God's wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. (8) None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. (9) However, as it is written: 'What no eyes has seen, what no ear has heart, and what no human mind has conceived' - the things God has prepared for those who love him - (10) these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. (11) For who knows a person's thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. (12) What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. (13) This is what we speak, not in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. (14) The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. (15) The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, (16) for, 'Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?' But we have the mind of Christ.

God's Ways Revealed

Just when we think we're growing in our understanding of God, something happens that causes us to wonder if we know Him very well at all. Perhaps it was an unanswered prayer request, an accident, an illness, or some loss that shook our faith. What are we to think when the events in our life seem to contradict our understanding of God?

This basic truth may sound paradoxical, but we're wise to keep it in the forefront of our thinking: We have a God who is far beyond human comprehension, yet He wants us to know Him and understand His ways. Even the apostle Paul - who has an intimate relationship with God - exclaimed, "How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord?" (Romans 11:33-34).

So how can we know our unfathomable God? The only way is if He reveals Himself to us - and that's exactly what He has done. Every believer is indwelt by the Holy Spirit "so that we may understand what God has freely given us" (1 Corinthians 2:12). That's why the apostle Paul said, "But we have the mind of Christ" (1 Corinthians 2:16). Although we'll never know or understand all that God does, we can be confident that as we read the Scriptures and walk in obedience to the Holy Spirit, He will teach us God's ways.

We have a priceless treasure within us. The Spirit is the only reason we can understand spiritual concepts that are hidden from those who don't know Jesus. But with this privilege comes the responsibility to let God's Word dwell richly within us. Because that's how the Spirit teaches us the Father's ways.

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