13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:13,14
We accept Jesus Christ into our lives and we are reborn. We accept the Spirit as our Helper, into our hearts where He abides. He Helps in the understanding of God’s will and intentions for us, I pray I write under that condition.
We are humble servants of the Lord – speaking and comparing spiritual things with those spiritual. Man cannot teach us this. His wisdom will not approach the realm of which we are spiritually taught:
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 1 Corinthians 1:25
Comparing spiritual things is our discernment of comparing those things God imparts upon us to things of the nature of the abiding Spirit. It is our spirituality:
“…plainly declared the doctrine of Christ, in terms also taught them by the Holy Spirit. He not only gave them the knowledge of these things, but gave them utterance.” Matthew Henry
Henry explains what our spirituality is: hear and speak the things of the Spirit. Man’s teaching will not approach this. As the verse says: The [impossible] foolishness of God, and the [impossible] weakness of God is still wiser and stronger than man. I say “impossible” because God is omnipotent and all-powerful. There is no foolishness or weakness in Him. It is but a sarcastic example from Paul to illustrate the relationship between God and man and who man is in comparison to God. That is why we have fear, or reverence. That is why we are humble. We are in the midst of the Creator who made all things but still knows us personally.
Man will not teach this because man is confounded and is distracted by the depths of the seas, the distance of the stars, atomic structure, and the single-cell beginning of life. Do not compare what the Spirit teaches with what man observes and utters. They are not close in relevance. But compare what the Spirit teaches with the results of the wonders of God in our life. How is God working in our lives? What miracles has He performed? We must not be absorbed into the teaching of man for it is not us that is confounded yet we may become deceived. Thus we seek the teaching of our Helper who leads us in the ways far above the leanings of man. Man will not see this separation until he has asked Jesus for forgiveness and submitted to His loving-kindness. It is not possible for man to understand but he can see Christ in us. That is a connection between our purpose in God and God’s will.
Reflect His image. Emanate His joy. Shine His love. Divert the fading spirit of man to the Spirit. It is man’s salvation that he will be led to. Not by us, but by what we are taught, hear, and utter from the Holy Spirit. God as our Helper.
December 2, 2011