1 Corinthians 2 [Clear Word]


1 My brothers, when I came to your city, I didn't come to attract you by my oratory or intellect as I shared with you the mystery of God's plan of salvation. 2 I determined not to talk about anything with you except Jesus Christ and His crucifixion. 3 I came to you as one who was weak because I was afraid that if I came on strong you would focus on me and not on Jesus Christ. 4 So I didn't use flowery words or apply psychology to you but allowed the Holy Spirit to do His mighty work, so no one could say it was my influence that did it. 5 That way your faith was not anchored in the logic of men but in the power of God! 6 Those who are spiritually mature will recognize the wisdom of that. True, that's not the way leaders usually do things, those rulers whose kingdoms will one day pass away. 7 It's the wisdom of God that's important, and it's this wisdom that sounds strange and illogical to the secular mind. But God intended to share this wisdom with us for our glory before time began. 8 This is the wisdom that statesmen and scholars of our day didn't understand. If they had, they wouldn't have crucified the Lord Jesus Christ as they did. 9 That's why the Scriptures say, "The eyes of man can't see, his ears can't hear and his mind can't imagine what God has in mind to do for those who love Him." 10 But God has revealed His plans for us in the Scriptures. And if there's anyone who can read the mind of God and know the way God thinks, it's the Holy Spirit who gave us the Scriptures. 11 Which one of us can know what another man is thinking? Only the man himself knows that. No one can know what God is thinking or how He thinks except God Himself. But the Holy Spirit is also God, and He has told us what we know about our God. 12 What we have shared with you is not based on worldly wisdom but on what the Holy Spirit said, that we might understand and recognize the gifts He has so freely given us. 13 We have shared with you what we were told, not based on man's ideas but on what the Holy Spirit said. He expresses spiritual truths so that anyone can understand who asks Him for help. 14 Most people are not interested in what God is trying to tell them. It doesn't make sense to them and it seems foolish because it can be understood only under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. 15 Those who are spiritual are given the ability to understand and evaluate spiritual things. But by nature the secular man can't understand the spiritually minded man's way of looking at such things. 16 As the Scriptures say, "Who can know the mind of the Lord to evaluate Him?" No one! Yet the Holy Spirit has helped us to understand the will of God for us through Christ.