After Paul left Corinth, he learned that the church there had a lot of problems which needed to be solved one by one. As a result, Paul wrote first and second Corinthians, the longest letters of all. God led Paul onto a path that was not easy to take. Paul described that he came to the church of Corinth “in weakness with great fear and trembling,” because he was doing the work of God. When you are doing God’s work, people will reject or oppress you; people would like to see you fall or scared. However, Paul gained courage from the power of God; he obeyed God, wrote these long letters, and set good examples for all Christians.
1 Corinthians 2 explains to us the might of God. The main idea of this chapter is the wisdom of God, which, to us, is a mystery. Paul said he did not approach the people in the church of Corinth “with eloquence or human wisdom,” instead, he merely proclaimed to them God’s mystery. In fact, the mystery of God is Jesus Christ! There is only one way people can know Jesus Christ and the truth of God－through the cross. We can only walk the path of the cross when we are in salvation.
People who belong to Christ are willing to walk the path to the cross and to have the same mindset as Christ Jesus. As Christians, we all have to carry our cross and follow Jesus. We may face difficulties, we may suffer, and we may shed tears when we are serving God. Some people may fail to persist; they just run away. Nevertheless, God love everyone, and He will never forsake or abandon anyone. Hence, people can always turn to God as long as one is willing to.
When we encounter hardship, it is natural for us to choose the easier path. However, the easy way, or the path of your presence, may not be the one God has planned for you. Some people may fight for power or wealth with the wisdom of this world, but they are simply walking toward their doom. What is the wisdom of this world? It refers to those who are wise in their own conceit; those who try to make profits with their own means. God used a way men consider foolish to save the souls of those who are willing to believe. People who are too conceited to accept Jesus will never understand the truth. If you talk to someone who is unwilling to learn about God or to be renewed, remember what was written in Matthew 7:6; “Do not give dogs what is scared; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”
What is the wisdom of God? It exists in people who are mature and blameless. What kind of people can be considered blameless? Those who belong to God and renewed by the Holy Spirit are the blameless ones. The Bible teaches us to be not only good, but blameless, holy, and pure. We are all sinners in front of God. Accept the salvation from Jesus Christ and confess our sins, and we shall be renewed and blessed. We shall please God.
Those who belong to this world act like children; they are selfish and they would not let the Spirit of God change them. They are not renewed by the Holy Spirit, they do not know God, and they do not belong to Him. They do not understand the wisdom and mystery of God. If the Holy Spirit doesn’t live in you, everything you perceive is through your speculation. When the Holy Spirit lives in you, you will realize the truth; the things God has prepared for those who love him are things no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no human mind had conceived. People who belong to God searches all things and understand both human and God. As Christians, we all have a mission, a calling from God; we ought to complete the task God has given us and to fulfill His will through His power. We should all be an apostle who belongs to Christ, to the Holy Spirit, and to God.