Summary: In discussing True Wisdom, Paul presents the case in: 1 Corinthians 2:6–16 that we can understand the things freely given by God from the Spirit of God. Therefore: (1) True Wisdom is not Humanly Discovered (1 Corinthians 2:6-9)and (2) True Wisdom is Divinely Revealed(1 Corinthians 2:10-16).
It is impossible for a lesser creature to understand a more advanced one. How can anything understand something more complex and advanced than itself? For a flea to understand a dog it would have to be at least as advanced as a dog. For a dog to understand a man it would have to be at least as advanced as a man. How much greater distance is there between Creator and creature. People can imagine what God might be like, and people have plenty of ideas about Him. Almost everyone has an opinion as to what God is or is not like, or as to whether He even exists. But People's opinions are irrelevant, because they can never be more than speculations. By one's own resources the creature cannot possibly comprehend his Creator.
Throughout time, many people have tried to comprehend the infinite and establish theories. Hypothesis and speculation are fine, but when it results in division among believers, that is a problem. 1 Corinthians 2 continues to deal with the problem of disunity in the church at Corinth and in particular with the continued allegiance to human philosophies and leaders that contributed to the disunity. Human wisdom was keeping believers from divine wisdom, and from spiritual growth and unity.
Spiritual discernment enables us to draw conclusions based on God’s perspective, make wise decisions in difficult circumstances, recognize the activities of God’s Spirit, distinguish the correct and incorrect use of Scripture, and identify and expose false teachers. But this does not just come. Not only must we ask God to give us his discernment as we serve him we must let that discernment guide us in our daily walk (Barton, B. B., & Osborne, G. R. (1999). 1 & 2 Corinthians (p. 45). Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House.).
In discussing True Wisdom, Paul presents the case in: 1 Corinthians 2:6–16 that we can understand the things freely given by God from the Spirit of God. Therefore: (1) True Wisdom is not Humanly Discovered (1 Corinthians 2:6-9)and (2) True Wisdom is Divinely Revealed(1 Corinthians 2:10-16).
True Wisdom, which is Freely given by God is:
1) Not Humanly Discovered (1 Corinthians 2:6-9)
1 Corinthians 2:6-10 Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written, "What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him" (ESV)
Yet, Paul said, among the mature we do impart/speak wisdom. Whereas false, human wisdom is a great hindrance to the gospel, true, divine wisdom flows from the gospel. With a crucified Messiah as its assumed content (1:23–24, 30 2:2, 8), Paul’s present concern is to explain the nature of this wisdom, which made it impossible for those in pursuit of merely human wisdom to recognize it as such (Fee, G. D. (1987). The First Epistle to the Corinthians (p. 102). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.).