May. 20, 2018

Trust the Author - I Corinthians 2:7-8

In the scripture text before verse 7, the Apostle Paul is still describing the differences between the wisdom of God and the wisdom of the leaders and rulers of this world. I doubt that Paul had any clue that all of these centuries later humanity would still be pondering this same issue. As Paul had already warned his readers in I Corinthians 1, he restates in chapter two, verse 6 that all the wisdom of the world will pass away with those who solely rely on it. In contrast, he says that what he is teaching and preaching is a wisdom of God. This wisdom was at one time, hidden from mankind. It was revealed through Jesus, the Son of God.

Paul explains that the revealing of God's wisdom to people is for our benefit. The Amplified version of the Biblle shares that this wisdom of God is given to us "to lift us into the glory of His presence." His wisdom helps us to be able to be prepared and suitable to live with Him. Everyone in His kingdom must follow His ways. How can His ways be obeyed and followed if they are not known?

Some people think that when they enter into eternity they will suddenly and magically know everything they need to know. The Bible does state that eventually believers will know the Lord, the same ways He knows us. Whatever the spiritual state of a person is in when they leave this life, that is the same state in which they will enter into eternity.

I Corinthians 13:12 KJV For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then I shall know even as also I am known.

But this only applies to the ones who commit to the Lord in this earthly life. Not many people would be agreeable to living with a total stranger. When two people decide to share life together through marriage, there is a learning phase of the relationship before they get to that point. Our Heavenly Father does not invite strangers to live with Him. In order to be part of the royal family of God, a relationship must be developed and nurtured while we are in the earth realm. He already knows all about us but we must learn of Him. That is most successfully done the same way it works in human-to-human relationships: by spending time together. God shares and imparts His wisdom to those who want it, to those who want Him. He does it through His Word, through His Holy Spirit and through other people who know Him.

This is what Paul said. I Corinthians 2:7-8 AMP

But rather what we are setting forth is a wisdom of God once hidden [from human understanding] and now revealed to us by God - -[that wisdom] which God devised and decreed before the ages for our glorification [to lift us into the glory of His presence]

None of the rulers of this age or world perceived and recognized and understood this, for if they had, they would never have crucified the Lord of glory.

In this age we have the opportunity to trust the Author. According to the above verse, God devised and decreed a plan before we were born that included us. If you want to learn about the inner workings of a mechanical device you would either consult the manufacturer or read the manual that the manufacturer provided concerning that device. We have access to both. Because of Jesus we can go to the Father directly and we can also glean wisdom from the manual He left for us: the Bible.

God had you in mind when He developed His plan for eternity. Isn't that good news? He wants you to spend eternity with Him. He has prepared for your arrival. If you don't know Him, be sure to get to know Him while you are here so you can be together there...in His Heavenly Kingdom. Trust the Author. Believe His Word.

John 14:1-3 KJV

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me.

In My Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.