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Explain 1 Corinthians 2:7-8

Explain 1 Corinthians 2:7-8 (KJV)?

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 ---geraa7578 on 7/23/05
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Only those who are born of the spirit can understand. Even the rulers (kings and religious leaders) did not understand, because they were not born again. It also says that God was ordained before the ages of our glory. The fact that His spirit always has existed and He made us by His voice (breadth/spirit) means we know His voice. Our spirits know God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
---inthegap on 2/15/08

Most things only God fully understands. We, humans, really know so little.
---catherine on 2/15/08

Gods word is a mystery, we donot & cannot fathom everything God made. He also is telling us in verse 8 that if the people knew all of Gods mystery they'd know automatically whom Jesus was & would not have crucified him. this is what I got from what I have read,what the Lord revealed to me.
---candice on 2/15/08

It seems there was someone in the church at Corinth that had done something very wrong. The church had "snubbed him", to the degree that he may damage his relationship with the Lord. Paul is saying, "Look, this person has repented, asked forgiveness, the Lord has forgiven him, now you forgive him, help him, surround him with love and stop your "snubbing him." Commentaries used were Geneva Study Bible and Adam Clarke.
---Ray on 5/1/07

Colossians 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; ---which is Christ in you---, the hope of glory:
---Exzucuh on 5/1/06

You can find that mystery alluded to in 1 Kings when the Queen of Sheba, after communing with the king and seeing all that his kingdom held to the point of having no more spirit in her, said, "The half had not been told me. Your wisdom and fame exceeds that which I had heard." (paraphrased)
---Linda6563 on 5/1/06

why i'm here, what is the purpose if my existence? 1cor.2:7
---cora on 5/1/06

Thanks! Happy to help.
---jeffr5976 on 7/27/05

I think all should look at and study on what Jeffr5976 had wrote. Good job Jeff!
---geraa7578 on 7/27/05

God in simplicity. Look at vs. 5; "That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God". Spiritual understanding of Jesus goes beyond the carnal (brain)knowledge of the "princes of this world". If the "princes" had the understanding, they would be Christians...
---mike_fl on 7/25/05

But, even though the devil wanted Jesus dead so much, the mystery is so great that had "the princes of this world" (the devil and his hosts) known it, "they would not have crucified the Lord of glory" (1 Cor 2:8)!

So what is the mystery? It's stated in Ephesians and it's the subject of Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians.

I'll be happy to explain further in e-mail. - Jeffrey
---jeffr5976 on 7/24/05

Who are "the princes of this world"? Besides 1 Cor 2:6&8, that phrase is used only in John 12:31, 14:30, & 16:11 where Jesus called the devil "the prince of this world". The devil is also called "the god of this world" in 2 Cor 4:4. It was the devil and his hosts who had Jesus tortured and murdered. He had planned it for a long time. First he tried to kill Jesus' ancestors; then he tried to kill Jesus, starting when he was a child (Mat 2:11-18).
---jeffr5976 on 7/24/05

The mystery "was kept secret since the world began" (Rom 16:25), but now God wants us to know it (Rom 11:25). It "hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints" (Col 1:26). It was "hid in God" (Eph 3:9), but God made it known to the apostle Paul "by revelation" (Eph 3:3). God ordained this mystery "before the world unto our glory" (1 Cor 2:7), and yet today, most Christians know nothing about it.
---jeffr5976 on 7/24/05

God's wisdom is for OUR benefit.

Although we do not understand what is happening or how we are speaking, we can be sure that God intends his wisdom for our benefit. God's wisdom is hidden from the world & not understood by people who don't love and acknowledge God. Had they recognized God's wisdom, they would not have crucified the Christ.
Further in verse 12 & 13, when we recieve the Spirit of God, we will understand the things of God. We must have the mind of Christ(verse16)
---barbara67 on 7/24/05

1 Corinthians 2:6,7&8

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 with nothing. No, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.
None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

It is found in the section on wisdom is from the spirit
---barbara67 on 7/24/05

Paul was saying that the hidden gospel was planned before the world was, and was given to him and to others in his time, to share with the brothers for their glory. And the mystery of God becoming flesh the world rulers did not know, else if they knew that Jesus was the Lord they would not have killed him.
---Eloy on 7/24/05

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God had a plan, even before time as we know it, and Satan, with his limited ability, did not understand what God was up to when Jesus was crucified.
---DoryLory on 7/23/05

"Wisom of God in a mystery" my mind refers to the Gospel. "hidden wisdom" could mean anything, but I think it's the things that aren't readily apparent to the natural mind; God's love and relationship to man.

"God ordained before the world"
God is in eternity, things past presant and future are all known to him. His salvation for us was in his mind before the world was created.

2:8 if they knew the truth, the gift that Jesus was they'd not have killed him.
---Pharisee on 7/23/05

The term "mystery" in this context I believe means/refers dimply to truth known to God before time which He kept secret until the appropriate time for it to be revealed. That truth, revealed in NT wisdom, is that God will save and glorify repentant sinners.
---Pierr7958 on 7/23/05

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