When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I didn't come preaching God's secrets to you like I was an expert in speech or wisdom.
I had made up my mind not to think about anything while I was with you except Jesus Christ, and to preach him as crucified.
I stood in front of you with weakness, fear, and a lot of shaking.
My message and my preaching weren't presented with convincing wise words but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power.
I did this so that your faith might not depend on the wisdom of people but on the power of God.
What we say is wisdom to people who are mature. It isn't a wisdom that comes from the present day or from today's leaders who are being reduced to nothing.
We talk about God's wisdom, which has been hidden as a secret. God determined this wisdom in advance, before time began, for our glory.
It is a wisdom that none of the present-day rulers have understood, because if they did understand it, they would never have crucified the Lord of glory!
But this is precisely what is written: God has prepared things for those who love him that no eye has seen, or ear has heard, or that haven't crossed the mind of any human being.a10
God has revealed these things to us through the Spirit. The Spirit searches everything, including the depths of God.
Who knows a person's depths except their own spirit that lives in them? In the same way, no one has known the depths of God except God's Spirit.
We haven't received the world's spirit but God's Spirit so that we can know the things given to us by God.
These are the things we are talking about—not with words taught by human wisdom but with words taught by the Spirit—we are interpreting spiritual things to spiritual people.
But people who are unspiritual don't accept the things from God's Spirit. They are foolishness to them and can't be understood, because they can only be comprehended in a spiritual way.
Spiritual people comprehend everything, but they themselves aren't understood by anyone.
16Who has known the mind of the Lord, who will advise him?b But we have the mind of Christ.