1 Corinthians 2:13 – 3:3

1 Corinthians 2:13 – 3:3
– What we have Learned About Understanding Spiritual Truth…

– Spiritual Enlightenment from God the Holy Spirit is Required to know that…

– we are sinners

– we cannot merit God’s favor by what we do, say, think or believe
– we are Bankrupt before God and that our Works are Without Merit
– we need Grace and must be Saved by Grace Alone…

– Today in our New Text, We Learn that the Richest Gifts we can Give or Receive are Also
Entirely the Grace of God at Work in Us by the Power of God the Holy Spirit Residing in us…
1 Cor 2:13 And we impart this [Spiritual Wisdom & Spiritual Blessings] in words not taught by
human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who
are spiritual

– What has been Imparted to Us by Grace Alone, We have the Privilege to Share with our Loved
Ones – again by Grace and Grace Alone…
this is the Highest Expression of Love we Can Have for Another Person
The Most Meaningful Things we Can Share are not from Us to our Loved ones so much

as they are from God, through Us, to our Loved Ones…

The Most Meaningful Things we Can Share are not the things of the World or the Wisdom of the
World… But the Spiritual Wisdom & Blessings from God, through Us, to our Loved Ones…
– We Cannot Share in this Meaningful Manner with Non-Believers because this Meaningful
Sharing is Through God the Holy Spirit and the Spirit Resides Only in Believers…
1 Cor 2:13,14 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the
Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual 14The natural person
does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is
not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.

– Deep, Meaningful, Spiritual Life Interchange – is reserved for Christians with Christians and
cannot be shared between a Christian and a Non-believer. This is why we should Cherish
Christian Fellowship and why we should Marry only a Christian…
– This Does Not Mean we Cannot Relate Well to or Enjoy Relationships with Non-Believers -but it
does mean that our Richest and Deepest Relationships are Christian-to-Christian…
– The Holy Spirit at Work in We and Our Saved Loved One is what makes the Exchange of Love
with One Another so Special. Christian Relationships are a Gift from God onto Us and Our
Loved Ones…
– The Next Two Verses Teach that Christians – by Grace Alone as a Gift – can Understand the
World and the People of the World Because we have the Holy Spirit Guiding us with Wisdom
from God & that the Unsaved cannot truly Understand the World or the People of the World – or
even themselves – because they do not possess Spiritual Wisdom…

1 Cor 2:15 The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one.
– Christians Receive Guidance from God the Holy Spirit and we have the Scriptures as a Compass
for Navigating this Life. By “all things” we have access to the Full Spectrum of Life Experience.
This is not the case for the Non-believer – they see zero spiritual reality and are limited
– The Non-believer cannot Know or Judge us Accurately because they have but a Partial Picture
1 Cor 2:16 For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him? But we have

the mind of Christ.

– The Non-Believer Cannot Understand Us. The People of the World Cannot Discern the larger
Truths and Cannot then Instruct us in this World on the Biggest Issues of Life.
– We Have the Mind of Christ through the Holy Spirit. With the Holy Spirit, Christians have the
ability to understand matters of this earthly world and the divine world, but people who do not
have the Holy Spirit indwelling in them cannot understand Christians or the World (or Self)
– But Understanding the Fullness of the Spiritual Realities of Life is a Process that plays out over
Time as God the Holy Spirit Sanctifies Us…
1 Cor 3:1-3 But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the
flesh, as infants in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not
ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, 3 for you are still of the flesh.
For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and
behaving only in a human way?

– We, as Christians, Have the Spirit – Yet we battle with the Flesh and can be, at times, like the
People of the World in our Thinking. We Need to Depend Upon Grace – Daily – in order to think
and View Life Spiritually and to protect us from Worldliness. We are in a Battle between our
Flesh and the Spirit and we need Grace in all this…
Our Takeaway
– We have Received the Ability to Process the Full Spectrum of Life Experience – both
Spiritual Reality and the Day-to-Day physical Reality of Life. This is a gift of Grace from
God through the Holy Spirit
– We can Share the Deep Full Spectrum of Life Experience with Other Believers. Such
Sharing is the Greatest Sharing any Two People Can Share. This is a gift of Grace from
God through the Holy Spirit
– We cannot Share the Deep Full Spectrum of Life Experience with Non-believers. Non-
believers will not Understand us at a Deep Level
– Our Desire with our Lost Loved Ones is that they Would be Saved so that We can Share
the Deep Things of Life with Them…
– Understanding the Deep Full Spectrum of Life Experience is a Process. Our Prayer is
that the Lord Grow us Day-by-Day…
1 Thes 3:12

May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all…

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