Sermon: “The Spiritual Wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 2:6–16)
Christianity is not merely one account of wisdom amidst a sea of competitors. Rather, Christianity is the only true wisdom, the wisdom of God himself. The wisdom of Christianity is the person and work of Jesus Christ, a wisdom that God determined and established in eternity past. Before any of the work of creation began, God predestined that, in the fullness of time, the Father would send the Son into the world to take to himself a human nature through the incarnation. The Son, in the person of Jesus Christ, would then live a life of humility, obedience, and great suffering, culminating in the cruel cross that Paul has been proclaiming throughout this section of 1 Corinthians. After Christ rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, the Father and the Son would send their Holy Spirit into the world to open blind eyes, deaf ears, and dull hearts to believe the gospel of Christ and him crucified.
This plan served as the foundation and focal point for the creation of the entire world. Everything in creation, as well as in the slow progression of God’s revelation through history, bore witness to this plan, but not in a way that anyone could have ever predicted its full glory until Christ fulfilled everything appointed for him to do from eternity past. While Christ walked the earth, the rulers of this age despised, rejected, and even crucified him. Even now, after Christ has accomplished the fullness of God’s redemptive plan, the world continues to reject Christ crucified as the power of God and the wisdom of God. For this reason, Paul explains, the Holy Spirit must reveal the fullness and glory of God’s wisdom before anyone is able to believe it. Thus, in 1 Corinthians 2:6–16, Paul teaches us that God sends his Holy Spirit to reveal his hidden wisdom in Christ.