Summary: A second message by Paul on spiritual wisdom.
THE WISDOM OF THE GOSPEL
INTRO: Men sometimes speak of "The Simple Gospel." This is true enough
if you are considering what is involved in salvation. But it is very profound in what actually takes place.
We cannot understand it except we have the Spirit of God in us. It comes from the mind and heart of God.
I. THE WISDOM OF GOD.
A. It is a mystery.
1. Things of God are confusing to those who don’t know Him.
2. There are secret things in our lives that only we know
about (or so we think!).
B. It is God’s instruction to us.
1. There are two kinds of instruction:
a. Kerygma — announcement.
b. Didache — teaching.
2. Christian teaching is not only the facts, but also the
meaning of the facts!
a. The teacher gives the students a little more than the basic
facts, but many students don’t want to go deeper.
b. Teleioi — mature student. He has gone beyond the rudimen
tary instructions (v. 6).
C. The wisdom Paul speaks of is not the wisdom of the world, but
1. A man can be a genius as far as worldly wisdom, and still be
2. Had the world know the wisdom Paul speaks of, they would not
have crucified Christ.
II. GOD REVEALS HIS WISDOM.
A. The wisdom of God need not to remain a mystery.
1. There are three ways of acquiring knowledge.
2. However, these are not sufficient for acquiring spiritual
3. God reveals His mystery by His Spirit.
4. The Spirit "Searcheth all things, yea the deep things of
a. Men cannot discover the truths of God.
b. the apostles were inspired through the scriptures.
c. All Christians are subject to the teachings of the Holy
B. Not in the words that man’s wisdom teaches, but God’s teaching.
1. When we have received the Spirit of God, we have spiritual
a. Revelation (v. 10).
b. Illumination (v. 12).
c. Inspiration (v. 13).
2. The wisdom of the world cannot compare to the wisdom of
CONC: The only way we are going to receive the wisdom of God is to ask for t, and be spiritually fit for it.