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1 Corinthians 2-4
The ancient Greeks (see Ancient Empires - Greece) were famous as "great thinkers" ("the Greeks seek after wisdom" 1 Corinthians 1:22 KJV), philosophers of the natural world, as viewed by the mind of man. Such a perspective may make plain that the Creation exists, but it's only through the addition of the Holy Spirit that the Creator may be known, as Paul explained with "2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power. 2:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God" (1 Corinthians 2:4-5 KJV).
"2:1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God [see God's Wisdom]. 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 2:3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 2:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God." (1 Corinthians 2:1-5 KJV)
"2:14 But the natural man 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" (1 Corinthians 2:14 KJV) provides the reason that The Cure For The Carnal Mind must come before "we have the mind of Christ" (1 Corinthians 2:16 KJV).
"2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a Mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory [see Christ The Creator]: 2:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory [see When Their Eyes Were Opened]. 2:9 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. 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
1 Corinthians Chapter 3
The divisions in the church at Corinth were the result of a party spirit, people choosing to follow, in effect, their favorite preacher, rather than Christ. But no man has the right to take Christ's sheep unto himself. "3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building" (1 Corinthians 3:9 KJV). True Christians follow only The Shepherd's Voice, not mere human servants of the one and only Good Shepherd.
"3:1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. 3:2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? 3:4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
No one can be a true Christian without The Holy Spirit (see The Cure For The Carnal Mind); thereafter, "3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" (1 Corinthians 3:16 KJV; see also Physical and Spiritual Temples).
"3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are [see also Abomination of Desolation - Where?].
1 Corinthians Chapter 4
Ministers (i.e. servants) of Christ are "stewards of the mysteries of God" (1 Corinthians 4:1 KJV), not to keep the truth hidden, but to make the truth known to all who are able to hear. "4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful" (1 Corinthians 4:2 KJV) is a warning that teachers are not to stray from God's Word by teaching their own word: "4:4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord" (1 Corinthians 4:4 KJV).
"4:1 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. 4:3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. 4:4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts [see Glass Houses]: and then shall every man have praise of God.
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