An interesting thought comes from the book of 1 Corinthians. In the second chapter, in verse 12, it says, “Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God.”
There are at least two aspects to focus on in this verse. The first is the spirit of the world. This indicates that there is a spirit of the world. This spirit seems to be in those who are not right with the Lord.
For those who are Christians, there is the second aspect: the Spirit of God. This is the Holy Spirit, given to all who believe to indwell us. Because we have the Holy Spirit, we can discern the thoughts of God, we can discern that which is spiritual.
This is made clear later in the passage, in verse 15. There it says that the man who is spiritual sees and understands, essentially, “He appraises all.”
The Bible is a complex book. It can prove puzzling and difficult. There are many brilliant people who have been laboring at the task of understanding it for years, and still have a ways to go.
And yet, because of the Holy Spirit, there is a clarity to the Word of God. We are able to understand it, and understand what it means in our lives. Yes, this is aided in many ways by our own study. However, it is also something very spiritual, something from God, that we only gain by having the Holy Spirit indwell us.
Verse 14 of 1 Corinthians two then sets off the contrast. It states that the natural man cannot understand the things of God, indeed, they are foolishness to him.
To the world, we who are Christians will appear foolish. Almost all of the time, we will seem silly. There is nothing we can do about it. We can dress up what we believe to attempt sophistication, but ultimately, we are in a place where we are seen as foolishness.
God is, as well. Many people will look at what the Bible says, which is also known as what God says, and think it’s foolishness. They roll their eyes. They scorn it as being antiquated. At times, as a believer, it can be difficult to hear such blasphemy.
But we need the right perspective. 1 Corinthians 1:18 says that the cross of Christ is foolishness to those perishing, but the power of God to those being saved. God’s ways seem foolish to the world. This is the spirit of the world.
But to we who are being saved, it is the power of God. So also is understanding God’s Word. If you, as a Christian, understand the Bible and see how it makes a difference in your life, then you have the Holy Spirit, and are living with the power of God. That is exciting! Remember that as you go about your business today, and praise God for giving us clarity in His Word!
Until next time, in Christ,