We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature,1 but not the wisdom of this age2 or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.37
No, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom4 that has been hidden5 and that God destined for our glory before time began.
None of the rulers of this age6 understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.79
However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"a8--
but God has revealed9 it to us by his Spirit.10 The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
For who among men knows the thoughts of a man11 except the man's spirit12 within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
We have not received the spirit13 of the world14 but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.
This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom15 but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.b14
The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God,16 for they are foolishness17 to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
The spiritual18 man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man's judgment:
"For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?"c19 But we have the mind of Christ.20