1 Corinthians 2 - Secret Wisdom

1 Corinthians 2:1-5 - I get the hint here that Paul's resolution to "know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified" was as much about his need to return to this as it was about what he desired to present to them. He speaks of his knowing and of his being "in weakness and in fear and much trembling" with them. I wonder if perhaps Paul was in some sort of personal challenge during which he was focusing on nothing but Jesus and the cross. In hindsight, he sees how it not only benefited him but the Corinthians as well and he's reminding them of that here. he was broken at that time (I'm speculating) and yet the simple, powerful message of the cross delivered them.

1 Corinthians 2:8 - Paul says here that if the leaders had known the secret wisdom of God, "they would not have crucified the Lord of glory." What if, though, that had happened? Where would humanity be if Jesus had been recognized as who he was, God incarnate, and allowed to live out a full life? Without the punishing sacrifice for sins on the cross, could we have been forgiven?

It's an interesting question, but not as interesting as the truth that God knew that wasn't going to happen. Did he predestine it, pulling the strings like marionettes of the people involved (Pilate, the Pharisees, the twelve, Mary, etc.)? no, I don't think so. I think the truth is more sinister and crushing. God knew that we would not recognize Him if he stood among us. In fact, his presence would be so foreign to us as to be offensive and we would seek to eradicate it from our midst lest it destroy us. No, God knew that when he came to us we'd kill him for sure. And so, he used our carnal, prideful, evil nature to fulfill his plan to strip evil of it's power to controls us and make us do the very thing that was done to Jesus.

The irony upon irony - because we did not know the wisdom of God, we killed Jesus fulfilling his plan to make that wisdom known to us.

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I also think the truth is more sinister and crushing. Interesting that outside a Garden Tomb Jesus restored that which was lost in that first garden.



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  • I also think the truth is more sinister and crushing. Interesting that outside a Garden Tomb Jesus restored that which was lost in that first garden....

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