1 Corinthians 2:10-16

! Corinthians 2:10-16

10 But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. 11 No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. 12 And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.

13 When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths.  14 But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. 15 Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. 16 For,

“Who can know the Lord’s thoughts?
Who knows enough to teach him?”

But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.


Wow!  Only I can know my thoughts and it’s my spirit that knows them.  God’s Spirit alone knows God’s thoughts.  That follows, but what is amazing is what comes next–I have God’s Spirit within in, and therefore I can know some of God’s thoughts!

When God’s spirit dwells within me, Paul calls me “spiritual.”  And that means:

1. I can know God’s thoughts.

2. I can understand spiritual things.

3. I can receive the truth.

4. I can discuss and evaluate what the Spirit means.

5. I can have the mind of Christ.

6. I cannot be evaluated by others.

What an incredible thing happens in us when God’s Spirit takes up residence within us!

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