I. Corinthians 2:9,16
This Revelation did not come from man’s own mind.
The eye of man’s carnal mind hath never seen it. The minded of man’s worldly wisdom hath never heard it.
Neither hath it ever entered into the heart of man (apart from the Holy Spirit) the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him (v.9), and since the beginning of theworld it hath been so (Isa. 64:4).
May I say, No man, from the beginning of the world, had heard, seen, or conceived an idea of anything so great, so glorious, so excellent, as what God himself had prepared for those that wait for him; and the displays of the divine power and glory which the people of God yet wait for, will far exceed all that hath been experienced, witnessed, or recorded since the beginning, and can only be properly conceived of by God.
The world by wisdom knew not God according to (I.Cor. 1: 21). For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”
May I say, It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe; and it pleased God to institute the great ordinance of preaching the gospel, which men count foolishness, as the sacred means by which he would bring all those that give credit to the revelation of it, and receive Christ held forth in it, to eternal life and salvation.
The question was ask on the day of Pentecost “Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.” (Ac.2:37,40).
This Revelation is from God according to (v.10) “But God hath revealed them unto us.” God only could reveal the mysteries of the suffering of Jesus Christ for our salvation, (Ro 11:33) tells us, “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!“
The Lord’s footsteps cannot be followed. As if his path were in the sea, (Ps 77:19) and the waves closed immediately, leaving no track, it cannot be followed or sought out.
It is known that the Lord had passed, but there is no way of tracing his goings.
This is a beautiful and striking figure. It denotes that God’s plans are deep, and beyond our comprehension.
We can see the proofs that he is everywhere; but how it is, we cannot comprehend.
We are permitted to see the vast movements around us; but the invisible hand we cannot see, nor trace the footsteps of that mighty God who performs his wonders on the ocean and on the land. It was (Ps.77:16) that made this statement,” The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee; they were afraid: the depths also were troubled.’
This is the glory of the Gospel message, that it is as true and as gracious as the God who gave it. The great apostle Paul declared in (Gal. 1:12) these words “For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ” (Gal. 1:12).
What is this Revelation that we are speaking of. It is the unveiling of the mystery of Christ and Him crucified (v.2).
It is the revelation of the fact that He died for our sins, and rose again for our justification,and that He is coming again for our final deliverance according to (Heb. 9:26) “For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.”
It is a revelation of His abounding grace to sinful men, and of His power to save to the very uttermost all that come unto Him (Heb.7:25) “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”
How was this revelation made known to us? “God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit” (v.10).
It has come from God, and it comes home to the believing heart by the Spirit of God. For “The Spirit searcheth the deep things of God.” “The things of God no man knoweth without the Spirit of God” (v. 11).
The Holy Spirit is the minister of the things of Jesus Christ (1.Cor.12: 8,11). He is the “Spirit of Truth,” and He shall teach you all things bearing on the revealed will of the Father, “for He shall receive of Mine and shall shew it unto you” (Jh.16:13).
Oh, that all His people were so taught of God. With such a Teacher, come from God, there is no excuse for spiritual poverty. “Receive ye the Holy Ghost.” For ye may know the letter of the word, and yet be strangers to its mighty power.
How these things should be Preached “My preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power” (v.4). “Our Gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Ghost” according to (1.Thess.1:5).
Without this power, preaching is without authority, “sounding brass.”
There may be a demonstration of eloquent words and fleshly energy, but without the demonstration of the Spirit it is spiritually powerless (v.13) .(5.) “But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me” (Ac.1.8).
Ye ministers of His, “Tarry ye until ye be endued with powers from on high”(Luke 24. 49). “For the promise is unto you” (Acts 2: 39.
What is the the Christian’s Attitude towards this divine Revelation “ I am determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (v.2).
In Corinth there were many contentions, as there are in the world everywhere to-day. But Paul knew that the one thing needed by all was the power of the Gospel of Christ.
The worldly, in their wisdom, would call this narrow-minded; but it is the wisdom of God to offer a Divine remedy for all the world’s woes. “I am determined,” he declared, “This one thing I do.”
Would God that this determination was the settled motive in the hearts of all who serve in the preaching of God’s Word.
The whole counsel of God radiates from the “Christ and Him crucified.“ “I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord” (Phil. 3. 8).