HS Week #32: God’s Word Belongs to God’s People

Dave Williams speaking on 1st Corinthians 2:6-10. Reminding us that God’s Word belongs to God’s people and that the Bible without the Gospel is empty.

1st Corinthians 2:6-10

Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. 7 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But, as it is written,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,

nor the heart of man imagined,

what God has prepared for those who love him”—

God’s Word is for God’s people

“Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. 7 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory.”

  • Paul uses the word mature here to describe who receives the wisdom of God.
  • That word is also used in Hebrews to describe those who have been saved. So we know that what Paul is saying here is that to those who are saved we impart wisdom to.
  • Which means this: That God’s word is for God’s people. 
  • God’s word was written to His family. You have to know that because if not we can extend what it says to those who are not currently apart of His family.
  • Think about that for a second. In my house I have a rule in regards to being punished for doing something wrong. The rule is that if they confess what they did before I find out another way they will not be punished. Why? Because I want them to learn the principle of confession. My kids will always make mistakes but if they can learn to confess when they do then they will be better off for it. So why not learn that now.
  • Now here is the dilemma, that only applies to people in my home. That rule for them only works with their dad and mom. It wont work with teachers, friends, and others who have authority in their life. It only works in my house.
  • God’s word is for God’s people. 
  • When we extend that out to those who don’t it can lead to confusion and a false sense of security.
  • I have had people tell me that they don’t want to know God because all that Christians do is judge people. There is probably some truth to that. We are taking God’s word and then trying to enforce the principles found there onto others.
  • We cannot mandate God’s word on people who are not a part of God’s family. I do not need to prove to people that God is real, he will reveal himself to them at his will.
  • I have heard others tell me that they get to go to heaven because they are a good person. Well that is taking a place that is only found in God’s word and applying it to those outside of it. That won’t work either. 

God’s word has to be in context of the Gospel

  • See God’s word has to be read within the context of the Gospel. It is the key to the book, it is the climax of the story, and it is the theme of the message. All of it’s pages point to what God did on the cross and without that the book can’t be correctly understood.
  • Reading the law without the Gospel can lead to legalism. But reading about God’s goodness without the Gospel can lead to seeing yourself as good by yourself. Reading the Bible without the Gospel can lead to seeing His death on the cross as not enough.
  • We have to have understand the Gospel to understand His word.
  • Think about it. The law written by Moses without the Gospel is simply a list of things that we just can’t achieve. Which leaves us feeling like a failure. But when you read the rest of the story and realize that God was perfect and never sinned so that he could trade his perfection for your imperfection leaves us feeling thankful and grateful for what he had done.
  • The Gospel takes the law and grace and marry’s them. It is God’s wisdom. Earthly wisdom cannot take away our sin.
  • See what the Pharisees did is take the laws and tried to force people to live inside them. They failed to realize what Paul is saying here: Yet among the saved we impart wisdom.

Impossible for Human Wisdom to Understand God’s Wisdom

“8 None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”

  • It is impossible for human wisdom to understand God’s wisdom.
  • Think about it. You had pharisees, priests, and scribes who said they knew God yet they killed him. Instead of submitting to God’s wisdom they tried to make sense of him on their own.
  • Today I met with a teen who told me that he doesn’t believe in God anymore. He said he would like to explore other religions and see what is right for him. You could tell he was a little apprehensive in telling this to me—given I’m a youth pastor.
  • I asked him a few questions just to see what his thoughts were on sin and eternity and lastly I simply asked if I could continue to meet with him. Not to defend the existence of God but to simply answer any questions he might have regarding him.
  • See I didn’t want to get in a debate with him and try to have him reason with his mind whether or not God is real. Because it takes the Power of God to reveal Himself to His people. My job is to present God to him as much as I can. It does not matter what I say, only God can reveal himself to my friend for him to know who God is.
  • We do that by sharing the Gospel. Once it takes hold then we can understand and see God the right way.
  • “It is impossible for a lesser creature to understand a more advanced one. How can anything understand something more complex and advanced than itself? For a flea to understand a dog it would have to be at least as advanced as a dog. For a dog to understand a man it would have to be at least as advanced as a man. How much greater distance is there between Creator and creature. Men can imagine what God might be like, and people have plenty of ideas about Him. Almost everyone has an opinion as to what God is or is not like, or as to whether He even exists. But man’s opinions are irrelevant, because they can never be more than speculations. By his own resources the creature cannot possibly comprehend his Creator.”
  • What this does is make me thankful that God would reveal to me who He is. We should be thankful.
  • Listen to what David sing in Psalms 8:

“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.2  Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. 3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? 5 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;  you have put all things under his feet, 7 all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, 8  the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.9 O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”

  • What is man that you are mindful of him? David is saying here how is it that God would focus his attention on us. To reveal to us his majesty and greatness. We should be grateful. God, when he saved you, he also gave you insight to who He is. He revealed his character and nature to you. How majestic is that!
  • I think about Abraham in the Bible. Abraham is sitting near a fire and God wonders if her should reveal his secrets, his majesty, his glory to Abraham. And he does.
  • How often are we accessing this? God reveals to us who he is in his word. We get to know who he his through wisdom. We get to experience grace and mercy in an incredible way, like people who do not know him will ever experience. We get to experience mercy when others experience his judgement. We get to spend eternity learning about God and they spend it separated from him.
  • This is why our conversations have to be about the Gospel. First to ourselves and than to others. If we aren’t doing this than we accessing the wisdom God has granted us.

9 But, as it is written,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,

nor the heart of man imagined,

what God has prepared for those who love him”—

  • Now Paul is quoting Isaiah, which he has done a couple times previously in this book. Listen to what he is saying. No one can ever imagine what God has prepared for those who love Him.
  • Of course he is talking first and foremost about the perfection and beauty of his sacrifice that took the impossible and made it possible. But He is also talking about our future with Him. It is perfect. It is more than we can ever imagine.
  • Even my best attempt at imaging what eternity will look like with God does not do it justice. What he has in store for us is os much greater than any of us could ever believe.
  • Every time I try and attempt to believe what my life will be like God always shows me it can be better. As I hard as I think my life could be God always sustains me through it. We cannot rely on our plans. We have to hold loosely to the plans we have for our lives. We have too trust him will our lives.
  • When we begin to trust God with our lives an overwhelming peace accompanies that trust.
  • But God’s truth, God’s plan, and God’s wisdom is only for God’s people.
  • So, who are you? Have you committed your heart to Christ? If you have, are you

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