THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL
B. Christ Crucified,
the Center of the Apostle's Ministry
1. The Way of the Apostle's Ministry
1 And I, when I acame to you, brothers, came not according to 1excellence of bspeech or of wisdom, announcing to you the 2cmystery of God.
2 For I did 1not determine to know anything among you except 2Jesus aChrist, and 2this One bcrucified.
3 And I was with you in 1aweakness and in 2bfear and in much trembling;
4 And my aspeech and my proclamation were not in 1persuasive words of wisdom but in demonstration of the bSpirit and of cpower,
5 In order that your faith would not 1stand in the 2wisdom of men but in the apower of God.
2. God's Wisdom in a Mystery --
Christ as the Deep Things of God
6 But we do speak wisdom among those who are afull-grown, yet a bwisdom not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are being 1cbrought to nought;
7 But we speak 1God's wisdom in a amystery, the wisdom which has been hidden, which God bpredestined 2before the cages for our 3dglory,
8 Which none of the arulers of this age have known; for if they had known, they would not have bcrucified the cLord of glory;
9 But as it is written, a"Things which 1eye has not seen and ear has not heard and which have not bcome up 2in man's heart; things which God has cprepared for those who 3dlove Him.''
10 But to us God has 1arevealed them through the bSpirit, for the Spirit 2searches all things, even the 3cdepths of God.
3. Interpreting Spiritual Things
with Spiritual Words to Spiritual Men
11 For who among men knows the things of man, except the 1aspirit of man which is in him? In the same way, the things of God also no one has known except the Spirit of God.
12 But we have 1areceived not the spirit of the bworld but the cSpirit which is from God, that we may dknow the ethings which have been graciously given to us by God;
13 Which things also we speak, not in awords taught by human wisdom but in words btaught by the Spirit, 1interpreting spiritual things 2with spiritual words.
14 1But a 2asoulish man does bnot receive the 3cthings of the Spirit of God, for they are dfoolishness to him and he is 4not able to know them because they are 5ediscerned 6spiritually.
15 But the 1aspiritual man discerns all things, but he himself is discerned by no one.
16 For who has known the amind of the Lord and will binstruct Him? But we 1have the cmind of Christ.