|1 Corinthians 2 |
1 And when I came to you brothers, I did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom, declaring to you the testimony of God.
2 For I determined to think nothing among you, except Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
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: [Paul spoke words which were uttered by the Spirit within Him, that is the word of faith that he preached.]
5 So that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. [To have faith in the power of God, you must have that power revealed to you, shown to you, so that you experience and taste the power of the world to come. Faith must be revealed to a man by Jesus himself .]
6 However we speak wisdom in those who are perfect;1 yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the rulers of this world who come to nothing.
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world to our glory;
8 Which none of the rulers of this world knew. For had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 But as it is written, "Man's eye has not seen, or ear heard, or mind imagined, the things that God has prepared for those who love him."2 [This refers to Isaiah 64:4, which says: men have not heard, nor perceived by ear, nor has the eye seen a God beside you, who acts for the one who waits for Him. The key difference: Isaiah reads waits, 1 Cor reads love. So to love God is to wait on Him: we wait on Him to hear His words that teach us, convict us, encourage us, and guide us — that is loving God.]
10 But God has revealed them to us by his Spirit, for the Spirit searches all things,3 yes, the deep things of God.
11 For what man knows the things of a man, except the spirit of a man that is within him? Even so, no man knows the things of God, except by the Spirit of God [revealing them to him].
12 Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the spirit who is from of God; so that we might know the things that are freely given to us from God.
13 Which things we speak, not in the words, which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit instructs;4 combining spiritual truths with spiritual words. [Regarding speaking words from the Holy Spirit: Jesus said: "whatever I speak is just as the Father has told me to speak. He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him, that man is true, and there is no unrighteousness in him." John 12:50,7:18.]
14 But the natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit of God5 for they are foolishness to him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. [The typical sect-attending Christian has no concept of sin, limiting it to murder, theft, rape; he is unaware that intolerable sin includes: adultery, pre-marital sex, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of rage, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, partying; also immorality, impurity, greed, and evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness.]
15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged by no man.
16 For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. [From the Word of the Lord within: "To make decisions is to live in your carnal mind. It is many thoughts that make the mortal man. Those who follow their own brain will weep and mourn; there will be great pain. The mind is a terrible thing. There is a blessing to make the cessation of the mind permanent. Let us be patient. We must grow in silence. Keep seeking peace. Great will be your peace if you continue faithfully. You will receive a new heart and mind. Grow up into the mind of Christ, from which all good thoughts proceed."]
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1 We speak wisdom in those who are perfect. Paul speaks to a very spiritually mature audience: they are perfect. When an imperfect man reads Paul's writings, they cannot understand what they are saying, and will twist them to false opinions; this is what Peter told us: There are some things in his letters that are hard to understand, which those who are unlearned and unstable wrest [twist] to their own destruction, as they also do the other scriptures. Therefore, beloved, since you know these things beforehand, beware lest you also, being led away by the error of the wicked, 2 Pet 3:15-17. This is exactly how the false gospels originated and spread throughout Christendom; imperfect men reading Paul's letters and forming their own opinions as to what he meant.
More evidence that perfection is the necessary prerequisite of salvation in the Christian journey of obedience to the leading of the Spirit.
In most Bibles this verse incorrectly translates the Greek word en (1722) to be among instead of the correct definition: in, by, or with. When someone speaks from the Spirit with words supplied by the Spirit, then those words are engrafted into the listener's heart as though they had heard them from the Spirit.
2 Man's eye has not seen, or ear heard, or mind imagined, the things that God has prepared for those who love him; but God has revealed them to us by his spirit. The Spirit of God reveals to us, (by revelation), what God has prepared for those who love him. There is no other way to know except by revelation. So the things of God are not known, but as they are revealed by his spirit; and that which may be known of God is revealed in them; for God has shown it to them. Rom 1:19. So God reveals his secrets and mysteries inside a man, in a man's heart, where you hear and see the mysteries revealed. True Christianity is an inward experience; but all the outward reading, outward praying, outward rituals, outward ceremonies, outward talking, and outward singing, yields nothing of the knowledge of God.
Note, this verse refers to Isaiah 64:4, which says: men have not heard, nor perceived by ear, nor has the eye seen a God beside you, who acts for the one who waits for Him. Isaiah reads, who waits for Him; 1 Corinthians reads, who love Him. To love God is to wait on Him: we wait on Him to hear His words that teach us, convict us, encourage us, and guide us — that is loving God. As Jesus said:
"He who has my commands, and obeys them, it is he who loves me; and he who loves me shall be loved by my Father, and I will love him and will show myself to him.
(we have to wait on God to hear His commands)
If a man loves me, he will obey my spoken words; and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our home with him. John 14:21,23.
3 The Spirit searches out all things in a man's heart. Jesus said: I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And the spirit of a man is the lamp of the LORD, searching all the inner depths of his heart. Pro 20:27. The word of God judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart, Heb 4:12. From the Word of the Lord within: "The Spirit of Grace both charges and removes sin; just like Jesus told people to repent and also healed them and cast out their demons." Grace teaches us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, Tit 2:11-12.
4 Paul says: we speak what the Holy Spirit teaches. Paul did not speak from his carnal mind, which is enmity to God. Paul did not speak from his imagination, puffed up with vain words. Paul was not like all the ministers of today are: speaking from their carnal minds, quoting the Bible with their opinion as to its meaning, being ministers of the letter; not like Paul who was a minister of the Spirit. For the letter kills, while the Spirit gives life. Words from the flesh profit nothing; words that Jesus (or the Spirit) speak give life, 6:63; all other words come from the nature of death. Ministers who preach without words supplied by the Holy Spirit, are false apostles and Satan's ministers, transformed to appear as ministers of righteousness. 2 Cor 11:13-15. Jesus, who only spoke what he was told to say by the Father, said that anyone who spoke their own words, was seeking glory for themselves, but who spoke words from God, sought the glory of God; and a disciple was not above the master, but when a disciple is perfected, he will be like the master — able to speak what the Holy Spirit prompts him to say. John 7:18, Luke 6:40.
Until you can only speak words heard from the Spirit at the moment before you speak, you are not fit to minister. If you speak from your carnal mind things about Jesus or God, they do not reach the heart of your listener. Instead you are speaking from the nature of death, and you are scattering because you are not gathering with Him. Jesus said, "Take no thought how or what you will answer or what you should say; for the holy spirit at that moment will teach you what to say." Luke 12:12. From the Word of the Lord within:
- "The godly wait for my instructions for many things shall I come want done.
- To serve without hearing is putting your life in danger. God, save us from the sayings of our mouth.
- A word spoken from the Spirit requires you to hear what the Spirit says to you.
- Speak only what you are told to speak.
- All and only words from Him are to be spoken; the purpose is to prevent anyone from going out without authority, which you can see creates problems.
- When you speak words from yourself, it doesn't matter what you say; you say them with the wrong spirit, and they don't reach the heart of your listeners.
- Those who take directed action will save theirs and others' lives.
- Master following.
- Everyone hear what the Spirit says; this you do.
- You do as God has directed and only that; we do as He tells us."
The words you speak must be heard from the Spirit in the same moment before you speak, not words read or even words you previously heard a month ago, or a week ago, or an hour ago. Realize, you will be tempted by the enemy many times to preach before you can hear so well as to speak only words heard at that moment for there are many voices; beware of false prophets; and beware of becoming a false prophet yourself, speaking from your carnal mind's memory about Jesus or God. The voice of the opposition can be indistinguishable from the voice of the Lord. The enemy will pretend to be the Lord, always tempting you to do something wrong that you want to do, or tempting you to do something that you have been told not to do. When the enemy succeeds in tempting you, then the messages you receive become 90% plus from the enemy, with the Lord only gently and very infrequently repeating His warnings and orders that are contrary to what you are doing; but because you have so many more messages from the enemy encouraging you to continue down the wrong path, it is very easy to think the Lord's messages are the enemy's. The enemy also speaks with messages that are obviously not from the Lord, but which criticize or complain about what you are doing wrong, further convincing you that you are right.
Usually one is convinced by the enemy that they are serving the Lord in whatever they are tempted to do before they have been sufficiently changed to properly serve Him. Think about the millions of ministers and teachers in Babylon who are teaching flagrant doctrinal errors all the while hearing messages, which they think are from the Lord, but which are guiding them and their listeners down the path to destruction. Suppose you think you have been given a gift of healing, a gift of miracles, the authority to teach, etc., but you are not able to speak words from His Spirit that you hear immediately before speaking. Now you perform your deed for the Lord, but the only words you have are from your carnal mind; your deed would not serve the Lord because your words would be from the nature of death and could not properly reach the hearts of your listeners. Until your carnal mind has been sufficiently destroyed so that you only have words from the Spirit, (only words from the Spirit), that you hear immediately before speaking, you are not fit to serve the Lord doing anything that requires words of explanation or credit to Him; that is a simple test, which you can use to defend yourself from being tempted before you are properly equipped to serve. Remember the teaching by the Word of the Lord within: "When you speak words from yourself, it doesn't matter what you say; you say them with the wrong spirit, and they don't reach the heart of your listeners." So suppose you are told go to someone and warn them about what they are doing; unless when you arrive, you are sufficiently in His Spirit, (as George Fox wrote about speaking a previous teaching: "be sure the light is up"), to hear the exact and only words to speak, even repeating words from Him that you have heard in the past will be spoken with the wrong spirit; don't do it.
I have asked the Lord why He is not more firm in correcting those of us who have been deceived and are traveling down a wrong path; the answer I received was: "the cure is worse than the disease." Apparently we are left to slowly discover our own mistakes with only His very gentle and infrequent reminders because His firm correction would be more harmful to our eventual progress. If you have been deceived and gone the wrong way for some time, it is very easy to become bitter or offended that you were not corrected; don't. Remember the Lord is pure, perfect, kind, gentle, wise, and love Himself; and everything He does or doesn't do is to your ultimate benefit. If He firmly corrected us, either our confidence would suffer too serious a blow, or perhaps we would only fall again to a more subtle scheme to tempt us in the future.
There comes a time when we will be able to accurately distinguish between the voice of the Lord and the voice of the enemy; until then be extra careful about doing anything to serve the Lord.
George Whitehead wrote on this topic in his Journal:
"Thus keeping silence before the Lord, and drawing near to him in a true silent frame of spirit, to first hear what the Lord speaks to us before we speak to others, whether it is judgment or mercy, is the way for renewing our strength, and to be his ministers, to speak to others only what he first speaks to us. O! That the people were truly mindful of this; that they would seriously consider this; then would they not run after, or follow such as their ministers, priests, or prophets, who ran out to preach when God had never sent them; and who say, Thus said the Lord,” when God has not spoken to them; and, "who shall not profit the people at all."
5 A natural man cannot believe or understand the mysteries of God. It is impossible for a natural man to become a spiritual man by reading, Bible study, seminary training, Bible college, praying for understanding, or listening to other natural men talk; such only increases his fleshly knowledge, which must die to be replaced by wisdom from above. A natural man is only changed into a spiritual man by the teachings and changing grace of the Spirit of God, through revelation and power. Of course God only reveals the mysteries to spiritual men. But also, God reveals unrighteousness to the spiritual man. The natural man cannot accept the things of God and cannot see the depth of unrighteousness. This is a basic function of the Holy Spirit — to convince the world of sin [unrighteousness]. The typical sect-attending Christian has no concept of sin, limiting sin to murder, theft, rape; he is unaware that intolerable sin includes: adultery, pre-marital sex, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of rage, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, partying — immorality, impurity, greed — evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. From the Word of the Lord within: "Every thought of man is at best a vain hiss." All other understandings from God, have to be shown to a man by God, before a man can see sin and unrighteousness. What is to be known of God, is revealed by God within a man's heart; (mark!), not from reading a book; not from listening to a preacher speaking without words supplied by the Holy Spirit, as he speaks. The natural man must be taught by revelation in that man's heart in the power of the Holy Spirit; words must be heard, and/or visions must be seen, with clear understanding received in a man's heart.
From Isaac Penington's writing titled, SOME PRINCIPLES GUIDING OUT OF THE APOSTASY,TO THE CHRISTIAN SPIRIT AND LIFE AGAIN.
The knowledge of Christ is not literal, traditional, or fleshly, nor can it be received by the natural understanding; but it is spiritual, and the understanding must be given by God which receives it. "He has given us an understanding, that we may know him who is true." 1 John 5:20. A man may read scriptures, hear sermons, etc., and thereby gather a knowledge into the old understanding: but neither this understanding into which the knowledge is gathered, nor the knowledge itself that is gathered, are spiritual, but fleshly, and so cannot save. He who comes once to receive an understanding from Christ, and to have the knowledge of Christ poured forth from Christ into his heart, knows the difference between that and the understanding into which he gathers things. The knowledge of Christ after the letter, (and a faith in him answerable to such knowledge), will not save; but a man must know him in that Spirit, life, and power in which he lived, if he is firmly established in hope to be saved by him, (2 Cor 5:16-17).
All things are delivered to me by my Father; and no man knows the Son but the Father, neither does any man know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal him. Mat 11:27. The Father and the Son are only known through revelation, by the son revealing him; for the Son and the Father are one. Because what may be known of God is revealed in them; for God has shown it to them, Rom 1:19; not reading about God, not hearing someone talk about God, for God and Christ are known by only revelation in your heart, where you hear him and see him teach you about sin, righteousness, and himself.
Jesus said, "Come to me... learn from me," Mat 11:28-29. Jesus said, "come to me many times." You must go to Him by sitting quietly and listening for Him to speak to you. You do not learn from the Spirit by reading scripture, going to "church," going to prayer meetings, prayer circles, discussions with other fleshly "Christians," listening to sermons spoken by unperfected preachers, singing hymns, etc.
From the Word of the Lord within:
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