Today’s passage: 1 Corinthians 2:6-16
- Those who were prone to be enamored with the celebrity and gifting of Paul were considered, “immature.” Those who were ready to dig deep into God’s word and be more impressed by God than by Paul were considered, “mature.”
- We are able to understand the Word of God and how it applies to our lives today because the Spirit of God is in us! God Himself, who knows exactly what He has been doing throughout the history He created and shaped, is in us, giving us understanding and relationship with Him.
- People who do not have God (Who are not indwelt by the Holy Spirit), do not understand. The work of the Spirit is required to bring life (And therefore, understanding) to a new believer (John 3:6-8).
Questions to consider:
- What are the implications of verse 8? What had to be true in order for Jesus to be crucified and die in our place? How does this bring into account what we read in Romans 9:21? In what way is Paul an example of a man who was used by God to scatter the church (Thereby fanning the flame of the spread of the gospel – Acts 8:1-4) but then also being converted and spreading the gospel willingly?
- Why isn’t intelligence a substitute for spiritual maturity? What does a person need if they are going to understand the Word of God, believe, and grow?
- Unless the Spirit of God intervenes, what will anyone you share the gospel with think about it and about you (Verse 14)? In whom MUST you place your confidence when you share the gospel with them and hope for fruit?