1And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. 2For I determined not to know anything among you #1 Cor. 1:23; Gal. 6:14except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 3#Acts 18:1I was with you #(2 Cor. 4:7)in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. 4And my speech and my preaching #2 Pet. 1:16were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, #Rom. 15:19; 1 Cor. 4:20but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the #Rom. 1:16; 1 Thess. 1:5power of God.
6However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, 8which none of the rulers of this age knew; for #Luke 23:34had they known, they would not have #Matt. 27:33–50crucified the Lord of glory.
9But as it is written:
#(Is. 64:4; 65:17)“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
10But #Matt. 11:25; 13:11; 16:17; (Gal. 1:12; Eph. 3:3, 5)God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11For what man knows the things of a man except the #Job 32:8; Eccl. 12:7; (1 Cor. 6:20; James 2:26)spirit of the man which is in him? #Rom. 11:33Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but #(Rom. 8:15)the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
13These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14#Matt. 16:23But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16For #Job 15:8; Is. 40:13; Rom. 11:34“who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” #(John 15:15)But we have the mind of Christ.