Summary: Reliance on the Holy Spirit to lead and guide our lives.
Wisdom from the Spirit
We are in 1 Corinthians 2 and Paul is speaking to the church that he does not come with eloquence of words or superior wisdom.
He says that he comes to them with the fear of the Lord and with his weaknesses and that his messages and his sermons were preached in demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit working in his life.
“For I resolve to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”
What honesty from a man of God.
Apostle Paul resolved that his ministry and his life was going to revolve around Jesus Christ and what Jesus Christ did on the cross for him and for each one of us.
Let’s lay this out- Paul is addressing mature Christians in the church and contrasts it with some of the immature or infants in Christ.
“Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual, but as worldly-mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it.”
The church at Corinth had mature believers acting immature, infants in Christ not getting the direction and guidance that they needed.
God had the answers they needed, but were looking for answers from the world.
They were looking for spiritual answers from the world.
God’s wisdom which was once a secret was now being revealed to the disciples and they are sharing that it is in the power of the Holy Spirit working in the life of the believer.
The secret or mystery was once hidden but is now known because God has revealed it to his people.
(10) “But God has revealed it to us by His Spirit.”
To the unbelievers, it is still hidden.
There are three kinds of people in the world
They are unbelievers.
The natural man or women has no desire for spiritual things.
They struggle to grasp anything spiritual because the Spirit of God does not dwell inside them.
The spiritual man or women understands what God is doing because spiritually they are capable of discerning.
He/ She prays for wisdom.
He/ She goes to God Word for themselves
He/ She will seek counsel of wise believer when they have questions or problems.
They will allow and invite the Holy Spirit to direct their lives.
They will seek the power of the Holy Spirit to change them and change their circumstances.
A Carnal person is a believer that lives by human nature instead of being controlled by the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
A Carnal Christian is a person who allows their natural person to control what they do spiritually.
They are usually the ones that take one step forward and two back.
A carnal Christian is self-seeking.
Another word for them which is not liked is immature.
They are babes in Christ and some of them have been like that for a long time.
A baby is cute, when they are doing baby things! A 30 year old acting like a baby is not cute, actually it is sad.
Okay, so which one are you?
Which one would someone else say that you are?
Natural man- no desire for spiritual things-
Spiritual man- controlled by the Holy Spirit guiding you and giving you the power to live a victorious life instead of living like a victim.
Carnal person- a person that knows the power of God, but never seems to be able to live that life and always is in a struggle with immaturity and as the apostle Paul says “never able to be on solid food, but only can handle the milk.
Paul tells us that the spiritually minded believers are those who desire the Holy Spirit to lead their lives-
(9) “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived, what God has prepared for those that love Him.”
First each one of us must determine where we are- which of the three types are you.
Natural man has no spiritual desire, so most of you would not fit that because you are here, your singing, worshipping, unless someone dragged you in and right now you are being tortured to listen to me.
Most people will fall between the carnal Christian and the spiritually lead believer.
So how do we get from one place in our lives to another?
First, by allowing the Holy Spirit to move into your life instead of being an occasional guest.
He is not a person you invite for dinner and then hold the door as He leaves.
He is an invited guest who is asked to take up regency in your heart.
Let the Spirit of God move in.
Let selfishness move out.