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2:1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.
2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
2:3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
2:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
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:
2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
2:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
2:9 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.
2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
2:11 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.
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 also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
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.
2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

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Everything King James Bible:1 Corinthians

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: 1 Corinthians
Book: 1 Corinthians
Chapter: 2

Overview:
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.

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