1 Corinthians 2 New American Standard Bible

Proclaiming Christ Crucified

2 1  And when I came to you, brethren , I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom , proclaiming to you the testimony of God . 2  For I determined to know nothing e among you except Jesus Christ , and Him crucified . 3  I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling , 4  and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom , but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power , 5  so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men , but on the power of God .

The Revelation by God's Spirit

6  Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature ; a wisdom , however , not of this age nor of the rulers of this age , who are passing away ; 7  but we speak God's wisdom in a mystery , the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory ; 8  the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood ; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory ; 9  but just as it is written , " THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD , AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN , ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM." 10  For to us God revealed them through the Spirit ; for the Spirit searches all things , even the depths of God . 11  For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God . 12  Now we have received , not the spirit of the world , but the Spirit who is from God , so that we may know the things freely given to us by God , 13  which things we also speak , not in words taught by human wisdom , but in those taught by the Spirit , combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. 14  But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God , for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot e understand them, because they are spiritually appraised . 15  But he who is spiritual appraises all things , yet he himself is appraised by no one . 16  For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE Lord , THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ .

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