Tithes and Offerings
Wisdom From the Spirit
6We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9However, as it is written:
“No eye has seen,
no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him”F6 — 10but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.
11The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.F7 14The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment:
16″For who has known the mind of the Lord
that he may instruct him?”F8 But we have the mind of Christ.
God’s Secret Wisdom
1. God will save all human beings through Jesus Christ alone
All will die in one man – Adam.
1 Cor 15:22 “In Adam, all die.”
Some people ask, “WHY” – why must I be connected with Adam?
Because God condemned all human beings in Adam, he is able to save all human beings in Christ.
What about angels? Tested individually and judged individually. They cannot be saved in Christ because they have no substitute for them to save them. But human beings like us were lost in Adam, our racial head. So we can be saved in Christ who is the head of the new creation.
Romans “Through the disobedience of one man (Adam) all human beings were made sinners, like this, through the obedience of one man (Christ) all men can be made righteous.”
2 Cor 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new Creation. The old has gone, the new has come. Therefore, there is no longer any condemnation for those who are in Christ.”
God’s plan to save all human beings through Christ is just, logical, and reasonable.
The gospel is so simple that even a child can understand it.
Yet it is so profound that even the greatest scholar cannot fully understand it.
2. God involves all three persons of the Trinity God for our salvation
Yes, we believe in ONE and only God – but in three persons. ONE essence, ONE God, but three individual persons.
We cannot be saved without election by grace from the Father God, salvation by Christ, and regeneration of the Holy Spirit.
Do you believe in God? Yes, but today let me point out that just saying “I believe in God” is not enough. We know in doctrine and practically this is true. Mormons, Jews, pagans, say “I believe in god/God.” But a small-g “god” cannot be distinguished from a big-g “God.”
To many people, “god” is just an impersonal being, like an energy.
We were saved from the Beginning of the world – chosen from before the foundation of the world – to be holy and blameless, in accordance with his pleasure and will.
Romans “Those he predestined, he also called, then justified, then glorified.”
We never knew about the moments when we were saved before the creation of the world, but this is a mystery and reality.
As far as Christ is concerned, we were saved as soon as Jesus died on the cross for our sins – for your sin and my sin – the lamb of God who took away the sins of the world.
Jesus died for the whole world, but the whole world is not saved. This is where the Holy Spirit comes in.
We are saved when we accept Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord. When did you accept him as personal Savior and Lord?
That’s why no one can say, “Jesus is Lord” except by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans “The Holy Spirit testifies with our spirit that we are children of God.”
Continually the Holy Spirit pushes us to believe this and accept it.
If you are a son, say, “I’m a son of God.”
If you are a daughter, say, “I’m a daughter of God.”
“I’m a child of God.”
3. God’s revelation of his plan for salvation through the Holy Spirit
10 but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.
11 The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. 14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment:
16 “For who has known the mind of the Lord
that he may instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
There are some things that are so personal that no one knows them except our own spirits. Like this, in the spiritual world, the same is true of God. There are deep and intimate things of God which only the Spirit of God knows. Spiritual things can only be known spiritually. And this will lead us to the knowledge of God.
John 14:26 “The Counselor will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
There are two kinds of humanity / people:
- Natural – he is faithful to the principle of only physical life. Animals have their own principles of life – and natural man lives as if there were nothing else beyond this world. His values are only physical and material values. So, natural man cannot understand spiritual things – they appear as foolishness to him. God bless us all to not be natural man.
- Spiritual – the opposite of Natural man. He is sensitive and obedient to the Holy Spirit. He makes his decisions and exercises his judgment under the guidance of the HS. He lives in the consciousness that there are things beyond the things of this world. That there are values beyond the values of this world – that there are things beyond this physical world. He lives by faith in Jesus Christ.
To be Spiritual Man, believe in Christ, trust in Christ, have the mind of Christ.
“I have the mind of Christ” x3
Really? To have the mind of Christ means to look at the life of Christ from his point of view – keeping his values and desires in our mind – and living life for Christ as his witness.
Romans “God works for the good of those who love him and live according to his purpose.”
This means that if we believe he is faithful in keeping his promise, then everyday is a good day.
“Every day is a good day”
“Every time is a good time”