The Spirit, not content to flit around on the surface, dives into the depths of God, and brings out what God planned all along (1 Corinthians 2:10 The Message).
The Message: Isaiah 64:4; 1 Corinthians 2:1-16
In Your Bible: Isaiah 64:4; 1 Corinthians 2:1-16
In Paul’s letters to the first century churches, his purpose was to “keep it simple,” even though today we may not read them that way. Paul adamantly wanted believers to learn and grow in Christ.
A New Creation With a Purpose
When the believer receives Christ, he is a new creation of God! He has the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, and the Holy Spirit living in him. (See Romans 8:9-11) This is powerful!
When we are alive in Christ, we gain God’s wisdom! These three Spirits communicate with the believers’ spirit to know God better and learn of Him.
“No one has ever seen or heard anything like this,
Never as much imagined anything quite like it—
What God has arranged for those who love Him.”
(Isaiah 64:4 The Message)
The Spirit is the Key
But you’ve seen and heard it because God by His Spirit has brought it all out into the open for you. The Spirit, not content to flit around on the surface, dives into the depths of God, and brings out what God planned all along (1 Corinthians 2:9,10 The Message).
God in communion with the believer’s spirit propels believers into what He intends. Note how the two versions below answer Isaiah’s question, stated above:
- “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him? But we [believers] have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16 NIV)
- The Message says it this way to Isaiah’s question: Christ knows and we have Christ’s Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:16 The Message).
There you have it: believers in Christ can seek and know what God has in mind via the Spirit.
Prayer: Father, help me comprehend this great mystery. Through the Spirit You connect us. That’s what You want. Continue to teach me how to follow your thoughts and plans.
Question: Do you too wonder at our gracious God seeking to communicate directly with us? How does this fit with your understanding of God’s interest in you?