1 Corinthians 2 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 You'll remember, friends, that when I first came to you to let you in on God's master stroke, I didn't try to impress you with polished speeches and the latest philosophy. 1 When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.
2 I deliberately kept it plain and simple: first Jesus and who he is; then Jesus and what he did - Jesus crucified. 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
3 I was unsure of how to go about this, and felt totally inadequate - I was scared to death, if you want the truth of it - 3 I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling.
4 and so nothing I said could have impressed you or anyone else. But the Message came through anyway. God's Spirit and God's power did it, 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power,
5 which made it clear that your life of faith is a response to God's power, not to some fancy mental or emotional footwork by me or anyone else. 5 so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power.
6 We, of course, have plenty of wisdom to pass on to you once you get your feet on firm spiritual ground, but it's not popular wisdom, the fashionable wisdom of high-priced experts that will be out-of-date in a year or so. 6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
7 God's wisdom is something mysterious that goes deep into the interior of his purposes. You don't find it lying around on the surface. It's not the latest message, but more like the oldest - what God determined as the way to bring out his best in us, long before we ever arrived on the scene. 7 No, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.
8 The experts of our day haven't a clue about what this eternal plan is. If they had, they wouldn't have killed the Master of the God-designed life on a cross. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 That's why we have this Scripture text: No one's ever seen or heard anything like this, Never so much as imagined anything quite like it - What God has arranged for those who love him. 9 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"--
10 But you've seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you. 10 but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
11 Who ever knows what you're thinking and planning except you yourself? The same with God - except that he not only knows what he's thinking, 11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
12 but he lets us in on it. God offers a full report on the gifts of life and salvation that he is giving us. 12 We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.
13 We don't have to rely on the world's guesses and opinions. We didn't learn this by reading books or going to school; we learned it from God, who taught us person-to-person through Jesus, and we're passing it on to you in the same firsthand, personal way. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.
14 The unspiritual self, just as it is by nature, can't receive the gifts of God's Spirit. There's no capacity for them. They seem like so much silliness. Spirit can be known only by spirit - God's Spirit and our spirits in open communion. 14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
15 Spiritually alive, we have access to everything God's Spirit is doing, and can't be judged by unspiritual critics. 15 The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man's judgment:
16 Isaiah's question, "Is there anyone around who knows God's Spirit, anyone who knows what he is doing?" has been answered: Christ knows, and we have Christ's Spirit. 16 "For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ.