BUT GOD, THE REST OF THE STORY
1 CORINTHIANS 2:9-12 NKJ
9 But as it is written:
"Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him."
10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
A verse that I have often heard quoted is verse nine. "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard. Nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him."
But the passage does not stop there. The letter to the Corinthians church does not end at verse nine.
Verse ten starts with, "But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit." That's a game-changer. This verse tells us that we don't gain God's wisdom by conventional means. We don't access His wisdom by pure academic intelligence. But thank God for the Holy Spirit who knows the things of God and reveals them to us.
Maybe one of the least understood members of the Godhead is the Holy Spirit. We quote the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We acknowledge the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of God. But we have not grasped His role in our lives. We know He exists, but His reality and ministry to us can be somewhat vague.
I am making a general observation here. Some have become very aware of His presence and help.
The verses we have read today give us insight as to the Holy Spirit's role in the lives of believers.
He has been given to us from God. So that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
If we are going to quote eye has not seen, we need to quote, but God has revealed them to us by His Holy Spirit.
Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit as the Helper. We have been given supernatural help that we might know.
In my own life, I have known how to approach the Father and the Lord Jesus. But how do I interact with the Holy Spirit?
I believe one of the best things we can do is acknowledge His indwelling presence. And thank Him for His help. This is not praying to the Holy Spirit but acknowledging His role in our lives.
Thank You, Holy Spirit, for helping me and revealing the things of God to me. I appreciate Your help and wisdom in my life. That is not a prayer, but it is an acknowledgment. And the more we acknowledge, the more aware we become of Him in us.
Thank You, Lord, for giving me the gift of the Holy Spirit. I appreciate His help.