Google+ 12/11/13 To Which Voice are We Listening?

1 Corinthians 2:8-12

 

But the rulers of this world have not understood it;

If they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord.

That is what the Scriptures mean when they say,

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined
What God has prepared for those who love him.”

But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit.

For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.

No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit,

And no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit.

And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit),

So we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.

 

In part nine of our twelve-part devotion series entitled, "Be Prepared!" The apostle Paul is speaking to the church at Corinth.  Paul is making an important distinction between the "spirit" of the world and God's Holy Spirit.  Having been in some kind of gospel ministry since 1977, there are few things that truly amaze me about our world and numbers of people who profess to be Christians.  I have watched as numbers of lost souls are found by God, only to be destroyed by man in the name of Jesus.  It is tragic.  I have promised God, to the best of His abilities entrusted to me, that I will not be the pastor that causes this pain.  Having said that, I struggle with understanding the plight of the Corinthians.  Why were they, and all of us, so deceived about what voice was really speaking to them?  The more I preach and teach, the more my heart is convicted that we make Christianity far too complicated.  The "rulers of the world" have never gotten it.  Paul says if they had, Jesus would never have been crucified.  Notice that the Scripture says that God has prepared a place for those that love Him.  Be careful because He has not prepared a place for everyone.  You mean God would exclude people?  God does not do the excluding...we do!!!  Paul says we can never know God's thoughts without His Spirit.  That is because the Holy Spirit does not indwell everyone.  The Bible says that the Holy Spirit will only come upon those that prepare, believe, and love.  As churches, we must preach and teach love and obedience.  Our personal, denominational agendas have no place in "God's Church."  There is a popular Christian song that says, "People are on their way to God, but they are tripping over me."  Sad but true.  As we prepare each day for living in the world, let's pray that no one ever trips over us on the way to God's throne room.  Everyone listens and follows someone.  God's question is simple.  "To Which Voice are We Listening?"