1 Corinthians 2* The plain manner in which the apostle preached Christcrucified. (1-5) The wisdom contained in this doctrine. (6-9) Itcannot be duly known but by the Holy Spirit. (10-16)1-5 Christ, in his person, and offices, and sufferings, is thesum and substance of the gospel, and ought to be the greatsubject of a gospel minister's preaching, but not so as to leaveout other parts of God's revealed truth and will. Paul preachedthe whole counsel of God. Few know the fear and trembling offaithful ministers, from a deep sense of their own weakness Theyknow how insufficient they are, and are fearful for themselves.When nothing but Christ crucified is plainly preached, thesuccess must be entirely from Divine power accompanying theword, and thus men are brought to believe, to the salvation oftheir souls. 6-9 Those who receive the doctrine of Christ as Divine, and,having been enlightened by the Holy Spirit, have looked wellinto it, see not only the plain history of Christ, and himcrucified, but the deep and admirable designs of Divine wisdomtherein. It is the mystery made manifest to the saints, #Col1:26|, though formerly hid from the heathen world; it was onlyshown in dark types and distant prophecies, but now is revealedand made known by the Spirit of God. Jesus Christ is the Lord ofglory; a title much too great for any creature. There are manythings which people would not do, if they knew the wisdom of Godin the great work of redemption. There are things God hathprepared for those that love him, and wait for him, which sensecannot discover, no teaching can convey to our ears, nor can ityet enter our hearts. We must take them as they stand in theScriptures, as God hath been pleased to reveal them to us. 10-16 God has revealed true wisdom to us by his Spirit. Here isa proof of the Divine authority of the Holy Scriptures, #2Pe1:21|. In proof of the Divinity of the Holy Ghost, observe, thathe knows all things, and he searches all things, even the deepthings of God. No one can know the things of God, but his HolySpirit, who is one with the Father and the Son, and who makesknown Divine mysteries to his church. This is most cleartestimony, both to the real Godhead and the distinct person ofthe Holy Spirit. The apostles were not guided by worldlyprinciples. They had the revelation of these things from theSpirit of God, and the saving impression of them from the sameSpirit. These things they declared in plain, simple language,taught by the Holy Spirit, totally different from the affectedoratory or enticing words of man's wisdom. The natural man, thewise man of the world, receives not the things of the Spirit ofGod. The pride of carnal reasoning is really as much opposed tospirituality, as the basest sensuality. The sanctified minddiscerns the real beauties of holiness, but the power ofdiscerning and judging about common and natural things is notlost. But the carnal man is a stranger to the principles, andpleasures, and actings of the Divine life. The spiritual manonly, is the person to whom God gives the knowledge of his will.How little have any known of the mind of God by natural power!And the apostles were enabled by his Spirit to make known hismind. In the Holy Scriptures, the mind of Christ, and the mindof God in Christ, are fully made known to us. It is the greatprivilege of Christians, that they have the mind of Christrevealed to them by his Spirit. They experience his sanctifyingpower in their hearts, and bring forth good fruits in theirlives.
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