My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. 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 to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery 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 (1 Corinthians 2:4-8).
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:14-17).
Paul draws a sharp contrast between “human wisdom” (1 Corinthians 2:5) and “God’s wisdom” (1 Corinthians 2:7).
When he speaks to us of God’s wisdom, he, also, speaks to us of the Spirit, the Saviour and the Scriptures.
He speaks to us of the Spirit.
The gospel is preached to us in “the Spirit’s power” (1 Corinthians 2:4). Our faith rests on “God’s power” (1 Corinthains 2:5).
He speaks to us of our Saviour.
When the Spirit is working in our hearts, he leads us to trust in the Saviour. He leads us to receive “salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15).
He speaks to us of the Scriptures.
It is through “knowledge of the Holy Scriptures” that we are “made wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:16).
It is so important that we recognize the importance of all three – the Spirit, the Saviour and the Scriptures.
Our faith has not come to us through the eloquence of a persuasive preacher. There is something more than this. There is the power of the Spirit. What do we mean when we speak about the Spirit working in our hearts? Here, we must emphasize that this is more than an emotional pull towards God. The work of the Spirit goes back much further than our personal journey towards faith. When Paul says that “all Scripture is God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16), he’s speaking about a work of the Spirit that takes us back to times that were long before our own commitment to trusting in Christ and following him. If we want our joy in Christ to increase, we must turn, often, to the precious words of Holy Scripture, praying that the Spirit of the Lord will speak to us through the written Word of God, praying, that through the Spirit and the Word, we will be drawn, again and again, to Jesus, and we will grow in our love for him.
In both 1 Corinthians 2 and 2 Timothy 3, Paul speaks to us of spiritual growth. In 1 Corinthians 2, he says that “we speak a message of wisdom among the mature” (verse 6). In 2 Timothy 3, he speaks about the purpose for which the Holy Scriptures have been given to us: that “the servant of God may be thorouighly equipped for every good work” (verse 17).
When we read about “the mature, and we read about being “thoroughly equipped for every good work”, we may feel frightened off, and we may say to ourselves, “This is not for me. I’m not as strong as that. I’m not as good as that.” These are the times when we need to be reminded of the Spirit, the Saviour and the Scriptures. This is not about what we are in ourselves. This is about what we can become through the power of the Spirit, as we walk with our Saviour, always paying close attention to and learning from what the Scriptures have to say to us.