Here’s my morning study. I’d like to share this with you, and I hope many will be blessed by this post. Please read.
1Co 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
With my Bible open to 1 Corinthians Chapter 2 this morning, I noticed these familiar words from The Apostle Paul in verse 9. Here Paul is giving his argument that the natural man through his physical senses is unable to understand the wisdom of God in the cross of Jesus Christ. He cannot perceive or even imagine what God has in view to do for His people. This is speaking of truth which is undiscoverable apart from divine revelation.
“But as it is written…” This could be an adaption from Isaiah 64:4 and 65:17 as Paul freely quotes from memory from the LXX (Septuagint). Some have argued that Paul was quoting from non-canonical writings here but I’m skeptical of such arguments due to the possibility (based on my study and reading) that those authors might have actually been quoting Paul. Paul Marsh points out that Clement of Rome, in the earliest extant quotation of verse 9 goes back to the Septuagint of Isaiah 64:4, which gives his idea concerning its origination.
“…neither have entered into the heart of man,…” The word translated “heart” here means more than just emotions, as A.T. Robertson points out by citing the use of the same word in Romans 1:21. In short, this speaks again of the natural man’s inability to “know” the things of God that He has prepared for them that love Him. This word “love” in 1 Corinthians 2:9 is “agapaō”, which speaks of affectionate reverence, prompt obedience, and grateful recognition of benefits received. The natural man cannot even begin to imagine what God has in view for them that love (reverence, obey, and recognize his benefits) Him.
But let’s look at the next verse:
1Co 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
The divine plan concerning the work of Jesus Christ has been revealed to Christians! The whole entire process is a work of the Holy Spirit, for the Spirit searches all things. Why does the Spirit search all things? It’s not because He needs to learn some information, but to penetrate into all things, particularly those things that are unfathomable to the human mind. Praise the Lord! These things are no longer hidden to those of us who believe. The revelation of these things took place when the gospel of Jesus Christ came into the world. The agent of this revelation is the Holy Spirit. He has unveiled things to us that human research alone would have never discovered. This demonstrates the superiority of divine revelation from God to man through His Word over against the strugglings of human wisdom. The depths have been plumbed, but not by man, by the Holy Spirit who knows all and at a definite time has made known the things that God has prepared for them that love Him. And as Matthew Henry said, “And therefore we must take them as they lie in the scriptures, and as God has been pleased to reveal them.”
Love in Christ,
Pastor Vern Hall
The Free Gift Gospel Mission
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