A STUDY OF 1 CORINTHIANS (Lesson Three)
                                              The Hidden Wisdom Of God Revealed
                                                        1 Corinthians 2 (841-842)
          A.  The success of the gospel doesn’t depend on human wisdom or the philosophy of men.
          B.  The Greeks placed a great deal of emphasis on eloquence and their so-called wisdom.
          C.  The apostle Paul relied on God’s strength.  Vv4-5,10
      I.  Paul demonstrated the power of God.

          A.  Although Paul was a well-educated and accomplished  Jew (Acts 22:3; Philippians 3:
                4-11), he didn’t rely on eloquence and human wisdom (vv1, 4).

          B.  Paul presented his weaknesses so that the power of the gospel could be seen. V3

                1.  He knew that his style of speaking wasn’t the style the Greeks valued.

          C.  Paul’s purpose was to preach Jesus Christ and His crucifixion.  V2

                1.  Present day ministers and teachers of the gospel need to have the same purpose.
                    1 Corinthians 15:1-4 (850)

          D.  Paul’s preaching was in demonstration of the Spirit and the power of God.  V4

                1.  Why?  So their faith wouldn’t be in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
                     V4; Romans 1:16-17 (830).  What is the basis of your faith?

    II.  Paul preached the wisdom of God, which is the gospel.  Vv1-2
         A.  The gospel was in a mystery, a hidden wisdom (vv6-7) and was made known by the
               crucifixion and resurrection of Christ (vv7-8). 

               1.  It was God’s wisdom of salvation.  Romans 16:25-26 (840)

               2.  Paul cites Isaiah 64:4 (550)  with some changes in v9.

         B.  The gospel and its benefits were revealed to the Apostles through God’s Spirit.

               1.  The wise according to the world couldn’t teach the knowledge Paul was teaching.
                    Vv14-15; Romans 8:5-8 (834)

  III.  No one can fully understand God, but Christians are influenced by God. V16; Romans
         8:9-11,14-17 (834)

  Closing comments:1)The gospel must be emphasized, 2)when we study God’s word we receive
  what the Holy Spirit has taught 3) We have been given the Spirit by God as an indwelling.