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Taught by the Spirit

1 Corinthians 2:11-13
For who knows a person's thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.

Understanding anything requires an open mind which is willing to ask simple questions.  Paul was explaining that God's logic and wisdom was different from the corrupted wisdom of the world, so he asked, "Who knows what somebody is thinking?"  The obvious answer is – only the person who is thinking.  In the same way, nobody can know what God is thinking, except God.

Only the Spirit of God has full knowledge of the deepest thoughts of God the Father and God the Son (John 14:26).  We cannot, with any integrity, make up or imagine what God is thinking, but the Spirit knows and He has revealed it.  He inspired about forty authors, including the apostle, to write the Scriptures (2 Peter 1:20-21).  The most important revelation is about God's salvation plan and how to interact with Him.

Salvation through faith in Jesus, who died to pay the penalty of the sins of the world, was uniquely God's idea.  We could never have invented that plan through human logic (which cannot see weakness as a route to glory).  The Spirit not only spoke to us through His messengers, but when we believed in Christ He also came to us … to live in us.  So God has given us more than a message; He has given us Himself to continue to reveal to us what pleases God and how to live for Him (John 14:16).  

And yet believers are often drawn back into thinking that the world has the answers.  We are tempted to think that God is not sufficiently up to date or that His Word needs to be modified to suit the corrupt ways of the world.  It is a spiritually deadly lure.  Wise Christians recognise that human thinking is dangerously limited and will rob the believer of the peace and joy of believing.  So invest more in God's Word, so that you will learn to love God's wisdom and be able to see that worldly wisdom can never have the last word.  Living God's way will cause your colleagues at work and friends in the community to ask, "Why?".  Tell them about the gospel of Jesus and why you love Him.  It will strengthen your faith and perhaps ignite theirs.

Prayer 
Indwelling God. Thank You for Your Spirit who lives in me, explains Your Word to me and empowers me to do it. Forgive me for slipping back into thinking as the world thinks, or assuming that I have to change my beliefs to fit in with the corruption around me. Please help me to invest in Your Word and expect Your Holy Spirit to teach me what pleases You so that I can be a credible witness to the grace of Christ. In His Name. Amen.
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