1Corinthians 2:6-9 However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature. yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
There is deeper truth and wisdom found in Christ than just the basic salvation message and the need for holiness – but these truths are for those who are mature in Christ. Yet even at this level it does not relate to the natural wisdom of the world or that of those who rule in this age, for their wisdom brings them to nothing in the end. This deeper wisdom is for our glory in Him.
If you read Scripture you can learn something about the great glory we will receive when we enter into our inheritance in Christ. Not only that, but there is considerable spiritual power and glory to be had right now in our lifetime if we grow and mature in our faith. If the rulers of the world involved in Christ’s death, or especially the spiritual, evil rulers behind this world’s system, had known God’s purpose and plan which would be brought about through the crucifixion of our Lord, they would never have killed Him. This was a mystery, truth that was kept hidden but has now been revealed in part. As it is written, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” Verse 10 says that God has revealed them through His Spirit.
In 1Cor 3:1 Paul tells the Corinthians he can still only come to them with milk, with baby food. They should be mature enough for solid food, for these deeper mysteries in Christ, but they are not. Romans 16:25-26 says that the elementary mystery of Christ should bring forth obedience to the faith, but the Corinthians, like many churches today, are full of immaturity, and need to grow up before they can begin to comprehend the depths of meaning in the greater mysteries of Christ. Most of Paul’s instructions to the Corinthians are of the elementary matters of the faith, of love, unity, and holiness in all conduct. He only goes into one other mystery with them in Chapter 15, the resurrection of the saints, and even that was merely to end a dispute over the reality and nature of the resurrection and put an end to their carnal wrangling.
Focus: Examining ourselves
These verses are intended to motivate us to examine ourselves. Are we doing our part in growing in maturity to be like Christ? Are we putting to death our sinful nature so the life of Christ can be manifest in us? Do we desire the deeper things of God, or are we satisfied with a shallow, powerless faith? In some of the following lessons we see some of the signs of an immature faith. But in the next lesson we will see some of the mysteries, the hidden things which have been uncovered to Paul as a result of his spiritual wisdom, which he presented to other churches.