1 Corinthians 2 Outline
– Don’t compromise with the listener in your preaching (1 Corinthians 2:1-5)
– The mature can discern between right and wrong about God’s truth (1 Corinthians 2:6-8)
– The Holy Spirit gives us wisdom about the things of God (1 Corinthians 2:9-16)
1 Corinthians 2 Bible Study
In 1 Corinthians 2:1-5, Paul did not come to the Corinthians as someone who can speak very well and persuasively, like a salesman. Instead, he came to the Corinthians as a witness of God to testify the gospel to them. A preacher must not preach what the audience want to hear but he must preach what God want him to tell the audience. The preacher must not support worldliness in his preaching but preach in accordance to the word of God in the Bible. Using entertainment to attract people to the church may increase the number of people in the church but it may not draw them towards the kingdom of God. Therefore, it is best not to use worldly methods to draw the people into the church.
In 1 Corinthians 2:6-8, Paul’s message is to the mature. In Ephesians 4:13, till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ. In 1 Corinthians 14:20, brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men. In Philippians 3:15, let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. The mature recognize the word of God and know how to discern between the right and wrong preaching. The rulers of this age is Satan. Satan dominates the world so we must not go after the way of the world. Satan entered into Judas and caused Jesus to be crucified on the cross. Satan did not know that the crucifixion of Jesus is part of God’s plan.
In 1 Corinthians 2:9-16, no one knows about the wisdom of God, except those whom God has revealed to through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit knows all things. He knows our thoughts and emotions. The Holy Spirit lives in every believer. The Holy Spirit teaches us all things and he remind us about God’s words. The Holy Spirit put words in our mouths so that we know what to say in preaching the gospel. A person without the Holy Spirit cannot accept things that come from God because they cannot understand the spiritual matters. Believers who have the Holy Spirit can understand and make judgment about the things of God.