True Wisdom From God’s Spirit
Some of the claims of the first Christians made very little sense to Jews, Romans, or anybody else. They claimed that a common religious leader from Nazareth was the Messiah. They claimed that the Messiah was crucified by Romans, but that’s okay because he was resurrected three days later. They claimed that this was a first of many and that others could share in this resurrection through faith in this Messiah. This even meant Gentiles could become part of God’s people and that Jesus was more King than Caesar. And then there were teachings about giving to the poor, forgiving endlessly, and loving enemies.
So it should come as no surprise that Paul is defending the “wisdom” of the church. He wants the church and anybody else to know that they are mature and wise, but not by the measure and understanding of the world. After all, if the world understood God’s wisdom and plan they wouldn’t have killed Jesus. This special wisdom comes from God’s Spirit and is a mystery to the world.
Paul then goes on to talk about how God’s Spirit knows God better than anybody. Just like my spirit knows me and your spirit knows you deeply, God’s Spirit knows God the best. How awesome is it then that God’s Spirit comes to dwell in each and every Christian! Through God’s Spirit living in us, we can come to know the deeper things of God. We have the mind of Christ.
I think that this passage tells us two things about the Spirit’s working in each of us. Through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in God’s people, we are able to better understand God and have a more accurate knowledge about who He is and what He does. Secondly, God’s Spirit helps us to have a better and stronger relationship with the Creator of the universe. It provides us with knowledge and understanding and relationship. What a blessing!