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Sunday, July 17 2016

1 Corinthians 2: Humans In Their Natural State

"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"

The English-language word "wisdom" is derived from an ancient Anglo-Saxon word that meant to see (hence also the long-ago origin of the term "I see" when one understands something).

Unlike "worldly smarts," true wisdom is a spiritual quality, not necessarily a measure of intelligence i.e. there are some very intelligent people in the world who do some very unwise things, while conversely there are some people of lesser intellectual ability who have wisdom that is superior to people with supposedly greater intelligence.

Intelligence itself is manifested in two sometimes-conflicting forms - greater thinking power on one hand, and acquired knowledge on the other. Paradoxically, great intelligence is sometimes used to do very unintelligent things in "great" ways e.g. people with computer programming abilities wasting it on producing viruses and malware.

Man In the Holy Bible, "wisdom" is used to translate the Hebrew word of the Old Testament (see also The Older Testament) (pronounced) kok-maw that means to be wise in thought and deed, and the Greek word of the New Testament (pronounced) sof-ee-ah that means clear, or wise.

The Holy Scriptures emphasize that wisdom that is based upon the Word of God is the only true wisdom, while carnal "worldly" wisdom is nothing more than dead-end self-righteous vanity i.e. "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." (Proverbs 14:12 KJV) and "For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain." (1 Corinthians 3:19-20 KJV)

True wisdom (keeping in mind that wisdom means "to see"), based solely upon the spiritual Light of God's Word, is not yet widely appreciated in the world, but the means is coming (see the Fact Finder question below).

Paul was a highly educated man, a powerful teacher, but he proclaimed that what he taught was not a matter of a man's personal abilities, "but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God."

"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. 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)

"Christianity" (see also Where Believers Were First Called Christians) was not a new or rebellious religion. It was a fulfillment of what the prophets long before knew and taught. Notice how Paul quotes Isaiah 64:4 ("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" verse 9 below) and Isaiah 40:3 ("For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him?" verse 16 below) in the present tense. The Messiah Himself began His Ministry with such a quote (see What Did The Messiah Read From Isaiah That Day?).

"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: 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. 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. 2:11 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. 2:12 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. 2:13 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. 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. 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him?

But we have the mind of Christ." (1 Corinthians 2:6-16 KJV)

Fact Finder: When will humanity as a whole be better able to use the intelligence that the LORD gave to them?
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This Day In History, July 17

431: The Council of Ephesus adjourned. This third of the 21 ecumenical councils of the Roman Empire's Church (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) condemned Nestorianism and Pelagianism (listen also to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).

1203: The Fourth Crusade captured Constantinople (named after the Roman Emperor Constantine; see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy). The Byzantine emperor Alexius III Angelus fled into exile.

Nicholas II of Russia 1429: During the Hundred Years' War (1337 to 1453) between England and France for control of the French throne, Charles VII of France was crowned the King of France at the Reims Cathedral.

1453: The Battle of Castillon took place between France and England. It marked the end of the Hundred Years War between the two countries.

1505: Twenty-one-year-old Martin Luther entered the Augustinian monastic order at Erfurt, Germany. Despite his later "protest" against Rome, Luther maintained (as do the "Protestant" churches of today) nearly all of the Church of Rome's antichrist doctrines (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).

1762: Peter III, emperor of Russia, was killed after his abdication and arrest. He was succeeded by Catherine II.

1791: The "Massacre of the Champ de Mars" during the French Revolution. French National Guardsmen under the command of General Lafayette opened fire on a crowd at the Champ de Mars in Paris.

1890: Cecil Rhodes became Prime Minister of the Cape Colony of South Africa.

1917: The British Royal Family changed its name from the German "House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha" to "Windsor" because of anti-German feelings in Britain during the First World War (1914-1918).

1918: The Russian royal family was executed by rebels of the Bolshevik Party: Czar Nicholas, 50; his wife Alexandra (a granddaughter of Queen Victoria of England), 46; their son Alexei, 13; their daughters Olga, 22, Tatiana, 21, Marie, 19 and Anastasia, 17. Some historians attribute Alexandra's arrogant misrule while Nicholas was away commanding the Russian army during the First World War to the collapse of the imperial government in 1917. She had also made herself unpopular by her association with Rasputin, the infamous "mad monk," who she had hoped could treat her son Alex's hemophilia.

1918: During the First World War (1914-1918), the Carpathia, the ship that rescued over 700 survivors of the Titanic when it sunk in April of 1912, was sunk off the coast of Ireland by a German submarine.

1944: Napalm incendiary bombs were used by U.S. bombers for the first time - on German-occupied France during the Second World War (1939-1945).

1944: Nazi Field Marshall Erwin Rommel ("the Desert Fox") was severely wounded when a British fighter plane strafed his staff car after catching it out in the open in France.

1951: Prince Baudouin became the fifth king of the Belgians after his father, Leopold III, abdicated.

1998: An undersea earthquake produced a tsunami that struck Papua New Guinea, killing thousands of people and leaving thousands more missing.

1998: The International Criminal Court was established with the stated purpose to impartially prosecute individuals for "genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and crimes of aggression." The Court has remained mostly impotent because the worst war criminal nations are also usually the most militarily powerful - despite overwhelming eyewitness and video evidence against the accused, they refuse to bring their war criminals (and therefore their nation) to justice for their atrocities. Only the losers face justice, as Adolf Hitler was fond of saying (see Why Does Satan Love Liars?).


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