I Corinthians 2



                           Paul’s Method of Preaching (vs. 1-5)


1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of

wisdom” - I spoke to you neither oratorically nor philosophically. Hence the Apollos party,

fond of the brilliant rhetoric of the young Alexandrian, spoke of Paul’s speech as

contemptible (II Corinthians 10:10) – “declaring unto you the testimony of God”

- the testimony of God; that is, the witness borne to Christ by the Father (I John 5:10-11).

 2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him

crucified.” - Christ, in the lowest depth of His abasement and self sacrifice. (Philippians

2:5-11)  He would  “know” nothing else; that is, he would make this the central point and

essence of all his knowledge, because he knew the excellency of this knowledge (ibid.

3:8) — knew it as the only knowledge which rose to the height of wisdom. Christ is the only

Foundation (ch. 3:11). In the person and the work of Christ is involved the whole gospel.

3 And I was with you in weakness” - Paul was physically weak and liable also to nervous

weakness and depression (ch. 4:7-12; II Corinthians 10:1,10; 12:7,10; Galatians 4:13).

He shows an occasional self distrust rising from the consciousness of personal infirmities.

This enhances our sense of his heroic courage and endurance. Doubtless this physical

weakness and nervous depression were connected with his “thorn in the flesh,” (II

Corinthians 12:7) which seems to have been an acute and distressing form of ophthalmia,

accompanied with cerebral disturbance (see my ‘Life of St. Paul,’ 1:215-221).  [This

should encourage us for God was his strength, just as He is for us! – “My grace is

sufficient for thee:  for my strength is made perfect in weakness” – II Corinthians

12:9 – CY – 2010] – “and in fear, and in much trembling.  4 And my speech and

my preaching” – Paul would not attempt to use the keen sword of philosophical

dialectics or human eloquence, but would only use the weapon of the cross -  was not

with enticing words of man’s wisdom” – This simplicity was the more remarkable

because “Corinthian words” was a proverb for choice, elaborate, and glittering phrases.

It is not improbable that the almost total and deeply discouraging want of success

of Paul in preaching at Athens (Acts 17) had impressed him more strongly with the

uselessness of attempting to fight Greek philosophers with their own blunt and imperfect

weapons – “but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power” - So he says to the

Thessalonians, “Our gospel came not to you in word only, but also in power, and

 in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance.” (I Thessalonians 1) - The plain facts,

so repellent to the natural intellect, were driven home with matchless force by spiritual

conviction.  5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the

power of God.” – in II Corinthians 4:7 he says that the treasure they carried was “in

earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God and not of us.”




                        The Gospel is the Only Wisdom (vs. 6-16)


6 “Howbeit” - In this passage Paul shows that in reality a crushing irony lay in his description

of the gospel as being, in the world’s judgment, “weak” and “foolish.” It was the highest

wisdom, but it could only be understood by those who listened to God’s biddings through

the Holy Spirit Jesus said “I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because

thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.”

(Matthew 11:25)  Its apparent folly to the Corinthians was a proof of their blindness and

incapacity – “we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of

this world” - literally, of this seen. The word ko>smov, kos’-mos;  kosmos means the

world in its material aspect; aijw>n, — ahee-ohn; aeon is read for the world in its moral

and intellectual aspect. “The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God” (ch. 3:19).

nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought” - literally, who are being

done away with. Amid all the feebleness of the infant Church, Paul saw empires vanishing

before it.  7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden

wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory” – The author of the

Epistle to the Hebrews, (2:5-8) clearly states that “the future age” is in God’s counsels

subjected,  not to the angels, but to man. But “our glory” is that we are “called to His

eternal glory by Christ Jesus” (I Peter 5:10).  8 Which none of the princes of this

world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”

The apostles often dwell on this ignorance as being in part a palliation for the sin of rejecting

Christ (see especially Acts 3:17; 13:27; comp. Isaiah 2:1). Jews and Romans, emperors,

procurators: high priests, Pharisees, had in their ignorance conspired in vain to prevent

what God had foreordained. The Lord of glory. This is not a mere equivalent of

the glorious Lord,” in Psalm 24:10. It is “the Lord of the glory,” i.e. “the Lord of the

Shechinah (comp. Ephesians 1:17, “the Father of the glory). The Shechinah was

the name given by the Jews to the cloud of light which symbolized God’s presence. The

cherubim are called, in Hebrews 9:5, “cherubim of glory,” because the Shechinah

was borne on their outspread wings (see, however, Acts 7:2). There would have been

to ancient ears a startling and awful paradox in the words crucified the Lord of glory.”

The words brought into juxtaposition the lowest ignominy and THE MOST

SPLENDID EXALTATION!  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.” - The whole sentence in the Greek is unfinished.

The thought seems to be, “But God has revealed to us things which eye hath not seen,

etc., though the princes of this world were ignorant of them.” Scriptural quotations are often

thus introduced, apart from the general grammar of the sentence, as in the Greek of ch.1:31.

Eye hath not seen, etc. The Revised Version is here more literal and accurate. The quotation

as it stands is not found in the Old Testament. It most resembles Isaiah 64:4, but also vaguely

resembles Isaiah 52:15; 65:17. It may be another instance of a loose general reminiscence

(comp. ch. 14:21; Romans 9:33)  10 But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit:

they are secret no longer - The Spirit guides into all truth (John 16:13). In ch. 12:8-11 Paul

attributes every gift of wisdom directly to Him – “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.” - All that is meant is that our knowledge of God must always be relative,

not absolute. It is not possible to measure the arm of God with the finger of man.  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.” - The word “freely”

 is here involved in the verb (carisqe>nta) “graciously bestowed.”  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.  14 But the

natural man” - The Greek word is yuciko<v - psoo-khee-kos; literally, soulish, i.e.

 the man  who lives the mere life of his lower understanding, the unspiritual, sensuous,

and  egoistic man. and the fusiko>v, foo-see-kos; “physical manl”, (by implication)

instinctive: — natural man. He may be superior to the fleshly, sensual, or carnal man, who

lives only the life of the body - swmatiko<v - so-mat-ee-kos;  and (fusiko>v), which is

the lower or bestial nature): — natural, sensual.but is far below the spiritual man,

 (pneumatiko>v - pnyoo-mat-ik-os;  supernatural, regenerate, religious: — spiritual,

the higher or renovated nature).  Paul in I Thessalonians 5:23 recognizes the tripartite

nature of man — spirit, soul and body.


  • The spirit - (pneu~ma, — pnyoo’-mah;  spirit) This is the highest part of our

      immaterial nature, the breath of life, inbreathed by Almighty God. It is the part

      receptive of Divine communications, which, in the regenerate, holds converse

      with God; which is the sphere of the operations of God the Holy Ghost. That man

      is spiritual in whom the spirit rules.  He is natural (yuciko>v - psoo-khee-kos) in

            whom the soul (yuch> - psoo-khay) has usurped the place of the spirit. The

            evil spirit seeks to enslave the spirit of man; he strives to enter in and dwell in the

            spirit which should be God’s.  The peace of God is the true garrison; it guards

            the heart and thoughts of the faithful, leaving no ingress for the wicked one.


  • The soul -  (yuch> - psoo-khay) - Each of the two words is sometimes used

      for our whole invisible nature; but, when distinguished from the spirit, the soul is the

            lower part of our immaterial being, which belongs in common to the whole animal

            creation; the seat of the appetites, desires, affections. Those men in whom the

            animal soul predominates are called by Jude “sensual, not  having the spirit”

            (yucikoi< pneu~ma mh<, e]contev) – (Jude 1:19) - The soul is sanctified when it

            submits itself to the divinely enlightened spirit, when all its appetites, feelings, longings,

            are controlled and regulated by the sanctified spirit.


  • The body - sw~ma, — so’-mah; the body -  The Christian body is a holy thing. It

      should be the temple of the Holy Ghost; it should be presented unto God a living

      sacrifice. (Romans 12:1-2)  It is sanctified when it is ruled by the spirit, when it is

      kept pure from the defilements of sensual sin, when its members are made instruments

      of righteousness unto God. The apostle prays that the whole man, spirit, soul,

            and body, may be preserved in the whole sphere of its existence, so as to

            be without blame in the great day.


To put this in perspective:  Take an athletic man, the most perfect specimen of bodily training,

bone, flesh, sinew, if that is all, he is but 1/3 of a man and useless to society;  send him to

the schools and cram his mind full, he is but 2/3 of a man and dangerous as well as useless.

Put Christ in his heart to control and urge his purpose and you have an ideal man – 3/3 –

a total man.  14 (con’t) – receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:” - “does not

choose to accept.” He judges them by the foregone conclusions of his own prejudice!

for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are

spiritually discerned.” - The organ for the recognition of such truths - namely, the spirit –

 has become paralyzed or fallen into atrophy, (from disuse) from neglect; therefore the

egoist and the sensualist have lost the faculty whereby alone spiritual truth is

discernible. It becomes to them what painting is to the blind, or music to the deaf.  This

verse is sometimes used to depreciate knowledge, reason or the intellect.  It is perhaps

sufficient to say that if God has  no need of human knowledge, He has still less need of

human ignorance.  15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is

judged of no man.” - He may be judged, condemned, depreciated, slandered every day

of his life, but the arrow flights of human judgment fall far short of him. These Corinthians

were judging and comparing Paul and Apollos and Cephas; but their judgments were false

and worthless, and Paul told them that it was less than nothing to him to be judged by them

or by man’s feeble transitory day (ch. 4:3).  “Evil men,” as Solomon said, “understand

 not judgment, but they that seek the Lord understandeth all things” (Proverbs 28:5).

16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? This is

why no one can judge the spiritual man in his spiritual life.  Spiritual or carnal, we are

taught by Christ in the Sermon on the Mount not to judge.  (Matthew 7:1-2)  But we

have the mind of Christ.”



                                                ADDITIONAL NOTES


                                    How Paul Preached the Gospel (vs. 1-5)


Evidently, now, St. Paul’s idea of preaching, as given in the first chapter, returned upon him

and solicited further consideration. Accordingly, we find him in the second chapter detailing

his personal history as a preacher while at Corinth, and, as usual in his Epistles, the

autobiographical element discloses its presence in his logic. Whenever there was an important

issue in his ministry, we see the man in the fulness of his proportions and look into his very

heart, so that we are at no loss to understand the reason of his impassioned energy. In

this instance he declares that he did not come to the Corinthians “with excellency of speech

or of wisdom,” as the world regarded speech and wisdom. But he was with them “in

weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.” It was not the “weakness” of cowardice,

nor the “fear” that brings a snare, nor the “trembling” that comes from an apprehension of

criticism and hostility. Agitation and solicitude were the product of his fine sensibility, not rising

from below, but descending from the highest realm of his being, the ideal of duty and

responsibility so vast within him as to oppress the capacity of performance. A most blessed

weakness this, the best possible assurance of truthful power, the most reliable token our

latent nature offers as a promise of success. The throb of the engine in a huge Atlantic

steamship sends its own quiver into every plank and bolt of the vessel. There is a “trembling”

in all its compartments, but it is the trembling of power. Paul had no gift more remarkable than

the gift of feeling to the utmost the doctrines of the gospel. Christ in him, Christ as the self of

self, was the Christ he preached; and hence no discourse he ever delivered, no letter he ever

wrote, affected others as much as they affected him.  Effective speakers and writers are never

on a level with their hearers and readers. They see more, feel more, than those whom they

impress, and their personality is no small constituent in the effect produced. Rightly enough,

Paul specializes “my speech and my preaching.” The “my” means a man “determined

not to know anything… save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” Self exaltation he had

none; for self-exaltation is always a parody on the truthfulness of one’s nature, and Christ

was so real to Paul that he could not be other than real to himself in his ministerial work.

And, in accordance with this fact, his manner of preaching the gospel is itself evidential

 of the divineness of the gospl.   It was a “demonstration of the Spirit and. of power.”

Of what avail that the “Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom”?

Give them the “sign” and the “wisdom:” what then? The belief, or “faith,” if you so call

it, is the man’s own product, standing in his own strength, the pride of his own intellect, the

joy of his own vanity. Not so the doctrine of “Christ crucified.” The way it comes to the

soul proves its infinite truth. It does not approach a man on the sense side of his nature, but

on the spiritual side. Unlike education and culture, which begin with the intellect of the

senses and develop upward, Christianity arises from the instant of its initial contact

with the human soul at the highest moral capacity, and recognizes this soul as it

stands related to God its Father, to Christ its Redeemer, to the Holy Ghost its

Convincer and Sanctifier. Man as the image of the natural universe is regarded

subsequently. Therefore the emphasis of Paul on the “demonstration of the Spirit and

of power,” and therefore the strength and glory of faith, which stands, not

in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”




                                    Contents of the Revelation (vs. 6-13)


(Remember the calling of Paul and his testimony before Agrippa in Acts 26:12-20 –

Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief

priests, At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the

brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me.

 And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me,

and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard

for thee to kick against the pricks.  And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said,

I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.  But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have

appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both

of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will

appear unto thee; Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto

whom now I send thee,  To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light,

and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins,

and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. Whereupon,

O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:  But shewed

first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts

of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and

do works meet for repentance”  Also, Paul writes to the Galatians in ch. 1:15-18

“But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called

me by His grace, To reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the

heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:  Neither went I up to

Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and

returned again unto Damascus.  Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem” –

So we see where Paul got what he preached, when and how and I Corinthians is

one of the many examples of him doing what the Lord enabled him to do best, and that

is preach Jesus Christ crucified for a sinful world!  - The above explains why Paul

preached Christ crucified and the work of God and the Holy Spirit explain why this

message was such a huge success.  Can you imagine going into a town of 400,000

people like Corinth to try and win them to Christ – Paul was not alone, God, Jesus

Christ and the Holy Spirit went with him.  No doubt, the reason few are being saved

today is because Christ is not being preached – Bro. Larry Wilson, the interim pastor

of the church which I am a member has really been emphasizing this of late! – CY –




The apostle claims “wisdom” for the gospel. The counterfeit has been exposed, and the

genuine coin is now presented. And how does he proceed to verify his right to use a term

that, in the estimation of all thinkers, commanded respect and admiration? He will honor

the Word; he will restore its meaning and clear it of obscurity, nay, expand its significance

and invest it with a charm not known before. Solomon had used his splendid intellect to

give the word “wisdom” a wide currency among his people, and Socrates had labored for

the Greeks in a similar way, each of them an agent of Providence, to teach intellect its

legitimate uses and rescue it from bondage to the senses. And there was that old world in

which these men, under very different circumstances and sharing very unlike illumination,

had taught their countrymen what they knew of wisdom, and this remnant of its former state -

the mere effigy of earlier grandeur — stood confronting Paul at Corinth, with its conceits,

prejudices, and animosities, arrayed most of all against him, because he resisted, so bravely

its earthly arts and methods. From a far loftier standpoint than Greeks and Jews

acknowledged, an infinite distance, indeed, between the disputants of either side, he preached

wisdom that came from God — a wisdom long hidden and hence called “a mystery,”

but now revealed in the fullness of the times. Yet, during the ages when this wisdom had been

concealed, when eye and ear and the subtlest imagination had been unable to probe the secret,

when human thought had exhausted itself in vain research, and had sunk at last into

unnatural content with its own imbecility, — through all this probation of intellect in the

school of the senses, God had reserved “the hidden wisdom” for “our glory.” The

demonstration of man’s utter weakness had to be made, and Judaea and Greece had been

chosen to make it. Rome’s task was to gather up the results and exhibit them in a solidified

form; nor could there have been such a Rome as that of the Caesars unless the experiment

with the “wisdom of this world,” and of the “princes of this world,” had proved a failure

disastrous in the extreme. (Now just as Judah learned not from Israel’s mistakes but followed

Israel into folly and extinction [Jeremiah 3:7-11], so to has our own country, the United

States of America, not learned from others errors but seem intent to bring the judgment of

God upon us also – CY – 2010).  That time had passed. And now this “hidden wisdom”

had been made known as a spiritual certainty, which was nothing less than a “demonstration

of the Spirit and of power.”There is a spirit in man,” and it knoweth the things of a

man.” (v. 11)  Who can gainsay its consciousness? Who can appeal from its testimony to

anything higher in himself? So too the Spirit of God searcheth all things, yea, the deep

things of God,” (v. 10) and, furthermore, the Holy Spirit is given to our spirit so that we

might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” (v. 12)  Just before  Paul

had stated that the mystery, the hidden wisdom, had been held back for “our glory.” (v. 7) –

And is not the truth of that statement now attested?  Understand wherein “our glory” lies.

It is in this — man has a spirit, and God communicates His own secret intelligence unto it in

the shape of a “demonstration of the Spirit and of power.” (v. 4) - Not wisdom alone,

not only perception and reflection, but realization and assimilation in the attending form of

power, the act of the recipient of grace not being the functional act of a faculty, but of the

whole mind; “comparing spiritual things with spiritual” – (v. 13) - The spirit of the

renewed man most fully conscious of itself, because of the presence of God’s Spirit and

the expansion thereby of its own consciousness, What a comparing power suddenly wakens!

What an outreaching process begins! This capacity of comparing, beginning our

development in childhood (Proverbs 22:6; Matthew 19:14, II Timothy 3:15) and continuing

till old age, is one of the mind’s foremost activities.  It is susceptible of more culture than any

mental property. The inventive genius of poets and artists, the skill of the great novelist, the

discriminating power of the sagacious statesman, (often spent on libertinism) are alike

dependent on the diversified energy of comparison. Accuracy of judgment, depth of insight,

breadth of sympathy so essential to largeness of view, are mainly due to this quality. Give it

fair treatment, and three score and ten years witness its beautiful efflorescence. But its spiritual

uses are its noblest uses. “Comparing spiritual things with spiritual” is its grandest office.

When the human spirit receives the Divine Spirit, WHAT A GLORIOUS

ENLARGEMENT, by reason of the super-addition of “the things of God,” to the

domain of thought, emotion, impulse! Calmly the mind works on; its laws never disturbed,

its strength invigorated, its ideal of greatness opened in fuller radiance, its range and compass

widened by a new horizon, (this would put any left-leaning open and broad minded person

to SHAME – there is no comparison – CY – 2010) - a motive power brought to bear it

never knew, and the repose of strength deepening evermore in the peace of Christ!




                                    Natural Man and Spiritual Man (vs. 14-16)


The natural man, who had not been forgotten by Paul in the first chapter, now comes under

closer inspection. We can see him from the point of view occupied in the second chapter

What is said of him? He 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.”  Nature is represented here as very different from grace, and the difference

has the breadth of contrast. Low and vulgar forms of nature are not enumerated, nor

would it have been like the apostle to select his illustrations from exceptional cases of human

depravity. (If you are curious check out Romans 1:18-32 for Paul’s view; II Peter 2:10-22

for Peter’s view, and Jude 1:4-19 for Jude’s view – CY – 2010) - Corinth could have

easily supplied such instances. But the noticeable fact is that he avoids this sort of

specification, and chooses his typical examples from “the wise,” “the scribe,” “the

disputer of this world,” yea, the very “princes of this world;” and these are they who

lack all spiritual discernment, and in their blindness look upon the glorious gospel of Christ

as “foolishness.” And the portraiture is not finished till these “princes of this world” are

sketched against the darkest of possible backgrounds, even the crucifixion of the Lord

Jesus Christ.  It is not the brutal mob that he pictures on his canvas, but the best specimens,

according to current opinion, of the mind and culture of the age. (Who are they today among

the Spin-meisters of the Devil??? – CY – 2010)  Against these — the guides of public

sentiment and the accepted leaders of society, men of character and position — he directs

his condemnation. And the grief of his heart is that these are the very men whose evil spirit has

infected the Corinthian Church, and introduced vitiating elements long ago abandoned by

believers as utterly inconsistent with morality and religion. The natural man of that day was not

the creature of the day, not an accident of those volcanic times when the foundations of civil

order were shaking, and. even the majestic hills of Rome were threatened with upheaval, life;

time and opportunity and ample means for development had been allowed; the fairest portions

of the world had been given him for home and commerce; a thousand miles around the

Mediterranean yielded everything that material civilization demanded; art and philosophy and

government had afforded whatever the intellect of the senses craved; (I wonder if the Senate

in Rome, like its counterpart in the United States Congress subsidized a vulgar, corrupt

and perverted culture like the National Endowment of the Arts? – CY – 2010) and

Judaism had diffused itself far and wide, till even Stoicism had felt its influence. After all,

however, the natural man has wound up the history of ancient culture by crucifying the

Lord  of glory; and now, the stain of holy blood upon him, he has learned nothing from his

own experience, but persists in treating the gospel as “foolishness”, (Once again, it

seems that we  have not learned in the USA because the teaching of Revelation 11:18

is that God will come in Judgment and “destroy them which destroy the earth” – rest

assured that fornication, adultery, idolatry, sodomy, the drug culture, alcohol, the

break up of the home, the United States turning its back on God, and may other

vices will bring the house down LONG BEFORE THE EFFECTS OF GLOBAL

WARMING  will!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I appeal to God and His righteous and fair treatment

of all in the Judgment Day to decide who were those “which destroy the earth”  -

Remember reader, that God, according to Acts 17:31 “hath appointed a day, in

the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom He

hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He

hath raised Him from the dead” and that “the DAY OF THE LORD WILL

COME” (II Peter 3:10).  Therefore, “Prepare to meet thy God” (Amos 4:12)

and “THE TIME IS SHORT” – [ch. 7:29] - CY – 2010) - can it be otherwise so

long as the man remains under the thraldom of nature. Anomalous it may seem,

but it is none the less true, that nature is morally known to us as the opposite of

spirituality; and, though a human spirit is in the man, it is wholly incapable of itself to

see, to feel, to will, to act, as a spirit in anything that concerns the truly Divine functions

of spirit.  (Does not the Jesus say “No man can come to me, except the Father

which hath sent me draw him” and did not God say at the time prior to the Flood,

“My Spirit shall not always strive with man”?  (Genesis 6)  Hence the need of the

Holy Spirit to create spiritual discernment, and hence the supreme distinction of the

Christian is that he has a spiritual judgment. “The things of God” are not discovered

by him, but are revealed unto his spirit by the Holy Ghost. The discovering intellect of

man is a splendid endowment, and yet it is altogether limited to the senses and their

connections, nor can it pass under any urgency beyond the sphere of the visible universe,

and penetrate the secrets of the Almighty. (When God told man in Genesis 1:28 to

subdue the earth, [find out its secrets] – salvation and eternal life was not one of them –

THAT IS GOD’S PEROGATIVE and He has fulfilled it because Titus 3:11 says

“the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men”   - CY – 2010)  If,

indeed, he could discover them, he would not be a Christian believer; for the traits of

the natural man would adhere to him and be merely enhanced by power thus exerted,

and there would be less room than before in his capacious soul for intellectual docility,

for childlike trustfulness, for the obedience of self abnegation. And, therefore, the work

of the Holy Ghost consists in teaching us to understand, to appreciate, to assimilate, the

Divine truths disclosed by Him; and, accordingly, what He reveals is not content to

remain as ideas and dogmas, but seeks the inmost heart, allies itself with the instincts, and

communicates to man a sense of himself and of the possibilities of character hitherto

UNIMAGINED.   Finally, Paul argues, “We have the mind of Christ” within us; and

what better compendium of all embraced in spiritual discernment than this expression,

mind of Christ”?  Far more than the truths He taught, and the practical lessons He

enforced,  is meant here; for it includes the entire method, the Spirit, the aim, of His

teachings, as imparting His own life to those believing in Him. No moral principle, no

doctrinal fact, no phenomenon of spiritual experience, now occupies ground and sustains

relations to thought and volition and action that are independently its own. Not one of

them is competent to self-existence. There is not, there cannot be, a single abstraction in

Christianity. The mind of Christ” is in every ethical truth, in every miracle, in

everything that involves taste, sensibility, reason, conscience, affection; and the life in one

is the life in all. To dislocate is to destroy. And this “mind of Christ,” the apostle urges,

is in us, and, by virtue of its abiding presence and infinite “wisdom” and “power,” the

breadth of contrast between the natural man and the spiritual man is fully brought out. After

eighteen (now twenty – CY – 2010) centuries, the distinction is as luminous as ever.

The very words remain to us — “wisdom,” “power,” “foolishness” — and “the princes

of this world” attest their ancient lineage. The “natural man” of our day has grown to

large dimensions. Never had the sense man, the intellectual man, the man of physical

civilization, so much to boast of; for he has well nigh made good the claim of his sceptre to

universal dominion. (I should think that one of the signs of the Second Coming of Jesus

Christ is man has “subdued” the earth” as God has intended and “filled it with people”

[Genesis 1:28, Isaiah 45:18] – CY – 2010) “Wisdom” was never so conspicuous. “Power”

has been developed in a greater degree than its uses. And yet in this very hour, when

destructive strength is the daily terror of mankind, and when liberty is ever threatening to

 riot in licentiousness, we see just what Paul saw in old Corinth; and the commentary on

God’s Word which the nineteenth century, (now twenty-first – CY – 2010)  like all centuries

since Christ’s advent, has written for our eyes, only enforces the truth that “the natural

man knows not God, and receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God.” In science

and art, in government, in all sorts of internal sovereignty, “the natural man has made a

vast advance upon HIMSELF.  But all this has brought him and his institutions and his

well being NO NEARER to “the mind of Christ.”


(In reference to Paul’s preaching of Christ crucified, the following two paragraphs are

excerpts from How to Be Saved – this web site -  CY – 2010)


This is a gospel for sinners. It is they who need a gospel, sunk as they are in sin,

exposed as they are to condemnation and destruction. This is a gospel for you.

(This is a gospel for me – CY – 2009)   Whoever you are, you need it; and, in your

heart of hearts, you are well aware that it is so. God sent His Son that you might

be saved. Christ gave Himself for you. Unto you is the word of salvation sent.

Christ has suffered that you might escape, has died that you might live. In Him

there is for you pardon for the past and strength for the present and hope for the

future. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” This is a

gospel from God. Only He could send news adapted to the case of sinners, and

He has sent such news. Here is the expression of His deepest sympathy, His

tenderest solicitude, His most Fatherly love. Coming from Him, the gospel cannot

be an illusion; it may be trusted. It is the wisdom of God and the power of God

(ch. 1:24) unto salvation. Yet, what is this gospel to those who believe not?

Good news to those who reject it is all the same as bad news. There is every

reason, every motive, for believing it. Christ will be glorified, God will be rejoiced,

angels will sympathize and sing with gladness, (Luke 15:10) and YOU WILL BE

SAVED!  The gospel is worthy of belief in itself, and IT IS EXACTLY AND



Reader, will you not trust Jesus todayToday is the Day of Salvation

yesterdays are gone for ever and tomorrows never come!  “Wherefore

as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear His voice, harden not

your hearts”.  (Hebrews 3:7-8) TRUST JESUS TODAY!  “Neither is

there salvation in any other:  for there is none other name under heaven

given among men, whereby we must be saved”.  (Acts 4:12)



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