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The Depths of God Revealed Through the Spirit: 1 Corinthians 2:10-11

December 19, 2021 Preacher: Bob DeWaay Series: 1 Corinthians

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:10-11

Title:   1 Corinthians 2:10-11  “The Depths of God Revealed Through the Spirit”By Bob DeWaay

This sermon deals with verses that have been misused in various ways in church history. To help put this in perspective, we begin with an overview of the context where Christ crucified is the unifying theme. Many have taught that “revealed by the Spirit” refers to secret or hidden things that some higher order Christians know and others do not. When Paul speaks of the “deep things of God” he is not making a contrast to the preceding teaching about Christ crucified, but rather a further explanation. The “things of God” means “things pertaining to God” which are revealed by the Spirit. If these truths about God’s plan of Messianic salvation through the crucified Jewish Messiah were not revealed, no one would know them. Some mystics have claimed that this section teaches intuitive guidance.  Others teach deeper life, higher life, secrets to power, and so forth using these same verses. We cite examples of this. However, Paul has not diverted from what God has provided through Christ. To show this, we review passages in 1 Corinthians 1:10-12 which show that slogans, schisms, and factions in the church are the problem. There are also previews from later in 1 Corinthians which warn against making judgments about matters that can only be determined by Christ after He comes.