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UNDERSTANDING THE CHOICE OF GOD

1 Corinthians 2:12-14

There are many things that are often very foreign to our way of thinking; it is a great problem because we presume to know God. This problem is described in 1 Corinthians 2:14. “The unspiritual man does not receive (i.e., welcome) the gifts of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him and he is not able to underst and them because they are spiritually discerned.” The NASB gives a more literal rendering when it says, “A natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God.”

No one can comprehend God (Romans 11:34), but by the Spirit of God believers may understand some plans of God. It was the same God who called Peter that also called Paul. Paul was a persecutor of the church. He killed a lot of believers including Stephen in Acts 7:58. I Corinthians 2:15-16 says, “The spiritual man judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.”

Do not expect the natural man to approve of God’s decision because he is like a deaf person that cannot appreciate a fine music. 1 Corinthians 2:12 confirms this, “Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, that we might understand the gifts bestowed on us by God.” Therefore, a “natural person” is a person who has not received the Spirit. That’s why he can’t understand “the things of the Spirit of God.”

John Piper explains the natural man thus: “The word for “natural man” is used one other time in the New Testament to refer to people, namely, in Jude 19, which says, “It is these who set up divisions, worldly people (i.e., natural people), devoid of the Spirit.” Natural people are defined here as people who do not have God’s Spirit. They are simply ordinary people whose hearts and minds are not touched with the renewing work of the Holy Spirit. The opposite of “natural man” is “spiritual man”—a person whose mind and heart are renewed by the Spirit.”

A view of reality which aims to take away every ground of boasting or pride from man is what makes the views of God devastating. There is a big difference between saying that the things of the Spirit are gibberish and saying that they are foolish. “Foolish” is an assessment you make of something you have understood but regard as ridiculous.Gibberish is a description of sounds that are unintelligible. The problem with the natural man is not that he describes the decisions of God as nonsense or impossible to understand, but he assesses it as foolishness; that is why he rejects them as not valuable or precious.

Saint Peter in 1 Peter 4:10–11 says, “As each has received a gift, employ it for one another (or serve it up to one another) as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who utters oracles of God; whoever renders service, as one who renders it by the strength which God supplies; in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.”

Paul says in 1 Corinthians 12:4-5, “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.”

In verses 12-14, Paul says, “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.”

We pray to understand God’s ways in Jesus Name…

Vanessa Lawson
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