For many years I was seeking love, wisdom and understanding. The problem was that I was looking in all the wrong places! For a time, I was really into astrology. I knew all of the sun signs and could tell a person all about their personality by when they were born. I dabbled for fun with a Ouija Board with some friends. I’ve had my palm read, done tarot cards, spoken with physics, because I wanted to know the future. Who would I marry? Would I have any kids? Would I be successful? The usually stuff we all dream about when searching for happiness. (My testimony is at the bottom.)
Yet, I was trusting in the kind of wisdom that belongs to the world, not to God. No wonder I was going nowhere. Actually, I was headed for hell, but I thought I was OK because I was baptized as a baby; I went to confession, to church, then later volunteered a lot. I was a good person. Yeah, right.
1 Corinthians 2
When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan. 2 For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling. 4 And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. 5 I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.
Here Paul confesses that while he’s teaching new or non-believers he focuses on Jesus — nothing else. He doesn’t use “clever and persuasive speeches”, but trusts solely in the power of the Holy Spirit.
For us, this means that we don’t need fancy churches, rituals and pagan-like ceremonies. We just need simple praise and worship and a bible-based teaching. We cannot rely on human wisdom, but in the power of God. Continuing…
6 Yet when I am among mature believers, I do speak with words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world or to the rulers of this world, who are soon forgotten. 7 No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God—his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began. 8 But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord. 9 That is what the Scriptures mean when they say,
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared
for those who love him.” [Isaiah 64:4]
This is why attending bible study groups — besides attending church on Sunday is important. Groups should be a mix of new believers (or baby Christians) and mature believers. A new Christian may not get everything and it’s up to the mature Christians to help them understand.
God’s knowledge and wisdom is available to all born-again believers through the Holy Spirit. I love that passage from Isaiah — it’s God’s promise to us! No human can possibly imagine what Jesus is preparing for us who believe (John 14). Going on…
10 But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. 11 No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. 12 And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.
13 When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. 14 But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. 15 Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. 16 For,
“Who can know the Lord’s thoughts?
Who knows enough to teach him?” [Isaiah 40:13]
But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.1 Corinthians 2 NLT
Back when I was still a seeking, unsaved Christian, I was dating a lot. Before the Internet, there were the “personal ads” and then the online dating sites. I always looked for the “Christian”. Then we had the category, “spiritual but not religious”. What does that mean? Moreover, I found that not everyone who put “Christian” was a Christian. They may have grown up in a church, but they were far from “practicing” and definitely not born again.
Do You Have the Spirit?
God’s Spirit, I mean — the mind of Jesus. Not the world’s spirit. The world’s spirit will lead you to destruction. Many churches have allowed the world’s spirit to infiltrate their congregations. They may feel spiritual, but it’s the wrong — and definitely demonic — spirit. (See Spiritual Warfare)
Do You Want the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ?
Here’s what you need to do…
Believe. Repent. Be Baptized. Receive the Holy Spirit.
- Believe — have Faith — that Jesus is the Christ and He died taking your sins away forever and that He rose from the dead 3 days later.
- Repent of your sins — stop sinning! Do a complete 180 in your life and surrender your life to Him.
- Be Baptized — show the world and yourself that you have died to your old life and are born again in Christ.
- Receive the Holy Spirit in your heart.