“God’s Secret Purpose: To Bring Us To Full Glory” ( 1 Corinthians 2: 14, NEB ) by Carley Evans


“A man who is unspiritual refuses what belongs to the Spirit of God; it is folly to him; he cannot grasp it, because it needs to be judged in the light of the Spirit.”

Paul is essentially telling us that without the Spirit of God, it is impossible for man — who is born in a fallen, unspiritual state — to grasp “what belongs to the Spirit of God.” The things of God are “folly” to man; “he cannot grasp [them.]” Man does not and cannot seek God, or comprehend God’s wisdom or purposes.

On the other hand,”a man gifted with the Spirit can judge the worth of everything.” (1 Corinthians 2: 15) Because we are gifted with the Spirit of God, Paul says, “we possess the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2: 16)

And, with the mind of Christ, we understand that “divine folly is wiser than the wisdom of man, and divine weakness stronger than man’s strength.” (1 Corinthians 1: 25) Paul says, “I speak God’s hidden wisdom, His secret purpose framed from the very beginning to bring us to our full glory. The powers that rule the world do not know it; if they did, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, in the words of Scripture, ‘Things beyond our seeing, things beyond our hearing, things beyond our imagining, all prepared by God for those who love Him’, these it is that God reveals to us through His Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 2: 7 – 10)

“Not Via Human Wisdom” (1 Corinthians 2: 14, NEB) by Carley Evans


“We, however, possess the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2: 16)

Having the mind of Christ, we “have the Spirit” of God. ” ‘Things beyond our seeing, things beyond our hearing, things beyond our imagining, all prepared by God for those who love Him,’ these it is that God reveals to us through the Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 2: 9 – 10)

The Spirit of God knows “the depths of God’s own nature.” (1 Corinthians 2: 11)

If we possess the Spirit of God, then we “can judge the worth of everything.” (1 Corinthians 2: 15) As we judge the worth of everything, we are not “subject to judgment by [our] fellow-men.” (1 Corinthians 2: 16) No one of the world, that is — is able to advise us.

Rather we must be advised by one who “declares the attested truth of God… of nothing but Jesus Christ — Christ nailed to the cross… the Word… the gospel [which] sways [us not] with subtle arguments; [but with] conviction by spiritual power. so that [our] faith might be built not upon human wisdom but upon the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 2: 1 – 5, selected)

And without the Spirit of God, a person “refuses what belongs to the Spirit of God; it is folly to him; he cannot grasp it, because it needs to be judged in the light of the Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 2: 14)

Hence, our salvation is by the will of God our Father who generously gives us His Holy Spirit so that, by grace, we may discern the truth — the good news that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, dies for us — once for all. He lives eternally at the right hand of His Father where He always intercedes for us. This is the mind of Christ — He is our Savior.