1 Corinthians 2

Proclaiming Christ Crucified

1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the 1 testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know anything among you a except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 3 b I was with you c in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching d were not with persuasive words of 2 human wisdom, e but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the f power of God.

Wisdom from the Spirit

6 However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God 3 ordained before the ages for our glory, 8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for g had they known, they would not have h crucified the Lord of glory.

9 But as it is written:
i "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him." 4

10 But j God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the k spirit of the man which is in him? l Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but m the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 13 These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the 5 Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

14 n But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For o "who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?" 6 p But we have the mind of Christ.

  1. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 1:23
    But we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness.
    Galatians 6:14
    But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
  2. Cross References
    Acts 18:1
    After these things Paul departed from Athens and went to Corinth.
  3. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 4:7
    But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.
  4. Cross References
    2 Peter 1:16
    For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.
  5. Cross References
    Romans 15:19
    In mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
    1 Corinthians 4:20
    For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.
  6. Cross References
    Romans 1:16
    For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
    1 Thessalonians 1:5
    For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.
  7. Cross References
    Luke 23:34
    Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." And they divided His garments and cast lots.
  8. Cross References
    Matthew 27:33 - 50
    And when they had come to a place called Golgotha, that is to say, Place of a Skull.
  9. Cross References
    Isaiah 64:4
    For since the beginning of the world Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, Nor has the eye seen any God besides You, Who acts for the one who waits for Him.
    Isaiah 65:17
    For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind.
  10. Cross References
    Matthew 11:25
    At that time Jesus answered and said, "I thank ...
    Matthew 13:11
    He answered and said to them, "Because it has b...
    Matthew 16:17
    Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are yo...
    Galatians 1:12
    For I neither received it from man, nor was I t...
    Ephesians 3:3
    How that by revelation He made known to me the ...
    Ephesians 3:5
    Which in other ages was not made known to the s...
  11. Cross References
    Job 32:8
    But there is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding.
    Ecclesiastes 12:7
    Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it.
    1 Corinthians 6:20
    For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.
    James 2:26
    For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
  12. Cross References
    Romans 11:33
    Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!
  13. Cross References
    Romans 8:15
    For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father.
  14. Cross References
    Matthew 16:23
    But He turned and said to Peter, "Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.
  15. Cross References
    Job 15:8
    Have you heard the counsel of God? Do you limit wisdom to yourself?
    Isaiah 40:13
    Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD, Or as His counselor has taught Him?
    Romans 11:34
    "For who has known the mind of the LORD? Or who has become His counselor?"
  16. Cross References
    John 15:15
    No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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