Let me show you what happened to you when you believed in Jesus
‘Just one thing’
NLT 1Cor 2
7 No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God—his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began.
[A wisdom was PREVIOUSLY hidden (past tense)]
8 But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord.
[They didn’t understand it, the devils are not as smart as you think]
So if you are not a believer but a professor, you are being controlled by the spirit of disobedience, hence…
1 Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. 2 You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God.
[Commander of the powers in the unseen world
He is the spirit at work in people’s hearts………. But not everyone’s heart
Let’s go back to Paul’s letter to The Corinthians.We have seen that a wisdom was HIDDEN previously; Meaning it has been revealed
First; 1Cor 2:9 NLT
9 That is what the Scriptures mean when they say,
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared
for those who love him.
[This scripture is often used for believers, be careful]
Read in context, next verse clears it
”10 But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.”
So when someone comes along and says ‘eyes have not seen’
And is talking to a believer
Most times they think on a material thing or a promise God is ‘YET’ to fulfil…
That’s not what the bible teaches!!
It says, those things that EYES cannot see, have been revealed to us.
That why John wrote this:
1John 1 NLT
1 We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. 2 This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us.
[The MYSTERY the world couldn’t understand is fulfilled in one person, CHRIST!!]
God is no more ‘mysterious’ to you.
And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.
When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others.
For, “Who can know the LORD’s thoughts?
Who knows enough to teach him?”
But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.
The revelation is the message of Christ.
That’s what was and is still HID – Not to those who haven’t heard but to those that has not believed.
Lastly, Paul admonished;
2 Cor 4 NLT
2 We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods. We don’t try to trick anyone or distort the word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know this.
3 If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing.
4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.
5 You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake.
…Then down to the verse….
13 But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, “I believed in God, so I spoke.”14 We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you.
15 All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.
[That’s how God benefits and takes Glory
In Christ being preached, his authority been exercised.]
We have the same spirit of Faith (mystery revealed)
We have believed, so we speak
We are not in a cloud of ignorance.
What happens is God is not stereotyped,
He is diverse…….
Hence spiritual things are taught…Paul taught the Corinthian church.
That’s what we get better acquainted with as we are taught. There are things that you open a believers eyes to and they are able to walk better in their authority.
See? Christ’s love explained!!
Eph 3 NLT
7 By God’s grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving him by spreading this Good News.
8 Though I am the least deserving of all God’s people, he graciously gave me the privilege of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ.
9 I was chosen to explain to everyone this mysterious plan that God, the Creator of all things, had kept secret from the beginning.
Scriptures don’t contradict
The mystery of God is in one person fulfilled and preached, CHRIST. Read carefully,
God’s mystery was revealed through us.
That’s when the principalities learnt the mystery,
The wisdom of God
10 God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
11 This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord.
12 Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.
14 When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father,15 the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.
Now let me show you a secret to power, its funny too….
It strengthens you not to quit, and enables you to work at the same time
19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
Experiencing God’s Love…
Many believers don’t see God as Love.
Now that’s the one thing I have seen that bible says is ‘TOO GREAT’ to ‘FULLY’ understand.
This explains why I haven’t seen one person who ‘fully’ walks in God’s power like Jesus did. Open yourself up to God’s love
A Christian is someone who receives freely from God.
If you have to ‘pay’ for it……:roll:
That’s why I tell people academic excellence is not received from God, Because you work to pass.
And unbelievers are graduating with first class too.
Yet they have not received it from God?!
Jesus didn’t die so you become the president.
However if you become the president, don’t stop preaching and saving men.
Use your sphere, popularity, influence, strength and even weaknesses to peach how mighty one person is
Remember the wisdom we know of a mystery that used to be
CHRIST DIED, CHRIST ROSE AGAIN.
We preach Him.
And this wisdom is brought through the Spirit we have received
I am saved
I am righteous
I have God’s wisdom
Glory to God