1 Corinthians 2:10-13
Our culture runs on two basic motives: I can do whatever I want and don’t judge me. This is true among both religious and non-religious people. Religious people apply those motives to their conception of God: God will let them do what they like and he won’t judge them.
Nowhere in the Bible do you find a conception of God like that, so where would they get an idea of a God like that? It’s because people think that they can discover God’s truth and wisdom on their own. It’s always been interesting to me that they often find a god who is very permissive and accepting of the lifestyle that they’ve chosen to live.
In First Corinthians, we have been learning about God’s wisdom and how different it is from human wisdom. God’s wisdom, Paul wrote, is so far above us that…“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” (1 Corinthians 2:9).
How can we know the wonderful things of God’s wisdom? The answer to that lies in our passage here:
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. (1 Corinthians 2:10–13)
We cannot know God’s wisdom without him showing us what his wisdom is. It cannot be reasoned out by man. We see flashes of his wisdom in nature, in logic, and so forth—but to know God’s wisdom is impossible for us to do on our own. We cannot make a god in our own image and it be the real God. God must give us his wisdom. How did he do so?