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13 November, 2015

The Scriptures —Study 2— 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:16

Study 2 From The Book of 1 Corinthians Is: 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:16

1.      List Paul’s reasons for preaching the word of the cross in the way he did.  See verses 1:17-2: 5.  
2.      See 2:6-3:2.  What does Paul teach here about (a) ‘human wisdom’, and (b) ‘a secret and hidden wisdom of God’? How is the latter to be possessed, and by whom alone is it understood?
3.      Looking back over the passage, pick out the work of the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit and the human preacher respectively in man’s salvation. Is the Lord Jesus Christ to you all that Paul speaks of in 1:30, 31?
1.        2:6. There would appear to be three groups of people in Paul’s mind: (a) ‘the mature’ (cf. ‘spiritual men’, 3:1); (b) ‘men of the flesh’ (or ‘babes in Christ’ 3:1); (c) ‘the unspiritual’ (or ‘natural’) man of 2:14.
2.         2:12, 13. The wisdom of God can be understood by the preacher, interpreted and imparted to others and received by the hearers, only through the aid of the Holy Spirit.  Cf. 2:4, 5.