The gospel is preached by the power of the Spirit—The Spirit reveals all things to the Saints—The unrepentant natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit of God.
1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the atestimony of God.
2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, asave Jesus Christ, and him bcrucified.
3 And I was with you in aweakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
4 And my aspeech and my preaching was not with benticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the cSpirit and of dpower:
5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the apower of God.
6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are aperfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
7 But we speak the awisdom of God in a bmystery, even the hidden cwisdom, which God dordained before the world unto our glory:
8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have acrucified the Lord of glory.
9 But as it is written, aEye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath bprepared for them that love him.
10 But God hath arevealed them unto us by his bSpirit: for the cSpirit dsearcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
11 For what man aknoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God bknoweth no man, cbut the dSpirit of God.
12 Now we have received, not the aspirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s awisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost bteacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14 But the anatural man breceiveth not the things of the cSpirit of God: for they are dfoolishness unto him: neither can he eknow them, because they are fspiritually gdiscerned.
15 But he that is spiritual ajudgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may ainstruct him? But we have the bmind of Christ.