SOAP Study - September 21, 2020
1 Corinthians 2:6-10
6 Yet when I am among mature believers, I do speak with words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world or to the rulers of this world, who are soon forgotten. 7 No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God[a]—his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began. 8 But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord. 9 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.”[b]
10 But[c] 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.
PERSONAL SOAP STUDY
- What verse stood out to you while you were reading?
- What did you discover about God, yourself, and others?
- How should this information impact your life?
- What needs to be different about the way you are currently living?
- Take some time to talk to God about the things you just learned and how you want your life to look different. Give God thanks for revealing these things to you, ask Him for wisdom and courage to move forward so that you can apply these things to your life.
STAFF SOAP STUDY
Paul adds to verses 1-5 by making a deeper contrast between those led by the wisdom of God and those who do not use God’s truth as the reference point of their lives. I would add that the second group may even know the Word but twist it to justify their way of living or to use it improperly against another. Paul is telling us that the wisdom of God is revealed through the Holy Spirit. God’s wisdom is no longer hidden from us. In a similar way, Jesus says the same thing in the Gospel of John. Jesus calls us “friends” because we know the plan. The plan was for the very ones who rejected God’s intended plan in Genesis to become the very ones who are adopted into God’s family. If the rulers of the world knew God’s plan, they would have resisted the temptation to crucify Jesus. Their desire to follow their own wisdom actually furthered God’s plan for redemption. This is a lesson from Paul that we need the revelation of God’s Spirit. Through the Spirit, God helps us to use learn and apply the things of God. Through God’s Spirit, we have a better imagination of what God desires to see in this world. God gives us understanding that surpasses where we can go alone. Paul is letting us know that we are better off with God the Spirit leading the way.
Sometimes I don’t treat the Holy Spirit with the same measure of respect that I assign to God the Father and God the Son in Jesus. I think Paul’s words are reminding me that there is no getting from A to B in a pleasing and acceptable manner to God without our fellowship with the Holy Spirit. That means hearing and responding to God’s promptings to live better going forward. I think sometimes we ask God the same things over and over expecting a different answer, when God is waiting for us to respond to what the Holy Spirit has already shown us. It is the Holy Spirit who is compelling Paul to address this problem with the Corinthian church. Paul is calling for us to be mature believers who will live according to God’s wisdom. I think there is a place for reason, experience, and traditions, but these fall under the instruction of God’s Word. In order to understand God’s instruction, I must be willing to surrender to the Person of God’s Spirit. If I can have God’s eyes and ears, I might just see and hear what God desires in His Word.
LORD, lead us by your Good Spirit! Sometimes it feels like we are tossed back and forth by the wisdom of the world. Sometimes we try to do things with your Word that you do not approve. Get us back on track! Help us to use your Word the way you intended! Lead us by your Good Spirit to see and hear from you, so that we can be what we need to be—your Church!