Sermon: “The Spiritual Wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 2:6–16)

by Mar 3, 2019Sermons0 comments

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.

6 Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. 7 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But, as it is written,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”—

10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts 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 understand the things freely given us by God. 13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.

14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 15 The spiritual person judges all things but is himself to be judged by no one. 16 “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.1 Corinthians 2:6-16, ESV

I have had the privilege in my lifetime of traveling to a handful of different countries and I’ve had lots of different experiences and it’s been a wonderful opportunity. I could share lots of different stories for those travels, but I want to focus in on two aspects of my travel to two different countries.

The first country I want to talk about is when I was in high school, I went to France. It was the first time I’ve been out of the country. I went to France and it was a really great experience because I had studied French. I had learned a lot of French, I had practice French, so when I got there the pace of the conversation went a little faster that I could keep up, but even so I knew most of what they were saying. I could hear what they were saying. When I tried speaking on my own, I was corrected sometimes, but I grew so much in my understanding of French during that time. I knew a little bit and when I left I knew a lot ,after a week or so of immersion.

Then on the other hand one time about ten years ago I went to China. My experience in China was entirely different for a lot of reasons, but especially in the language barrier. When I went to China, I had studied no Chinese. I knew no Chinese, I was entirely and totally oblivious to what was going on around me. I listened to all kinds of people speaking Chinese and it went just right over me. I could have listened to that language forever and never had understood anything that was going on. In fact, even when I looked at billboards and I had no ability to make sense of it.

Compare that, for example, to Mexico and to Columbia. I knew enough English, and English has enough correlation to Spanish, and just enough French, and French has a lot more correlations to Spanish, where I could sort of sometimes figure out what was happening in Spanish. Even though I knew very little of the language. In China I knew none of it; it was all Chinese to me.

When human beings think of religion, we typically think of religion is more like my experience in France. We live in the world, we have experiences in the world, we studied the world, we’ve gained a certain amount of wisdom in interactions in the world. Then we think that as we start to engage with God we sort of take what we know, and we might be a step or two behind but we can figure it out as we go along, but it’s more or less like we intuitively know our own thoughts our own wills, our own desires are the spirit of God. We end up projecting who we are on to God and we turned God into someone who is made in our image.

We come to the scriptures the scripture tells us that God is very much unlike us. God is holy, holy, holy; there’s no one like God. In fact, you might know this the name Michael is actually a Hebrew question “who is like God?” It’s a rhetorical question. The answer is no one. No one is like God.

So, as we get to experience God, to engage with God, is something more like my experience in China. We are entirely in the dark, we are entirely dependent upon the translator who revealed what is happening behind the curtain of the language barrier that we simply don’t speak. If we’re going to know anything about God, he has to reveal it to us in a form and fashion that we can understand.

Our big idea for today is this God sends his Holy Spirit to reveal his hidden wisdom in Christ.

Whatever is hidden in God, whatever is secret in God, whatever is an inaccessible to us in God, God reveals to us in two ways. One through his son Jesus Christ and two by sending the Holy Spirit to help us to see all that is in Christ.

So, we are going to see this in three points today.

  1. The Father Concealed Christ in a Mystery
  2. The Holy Spirit Reveals Christ Through Preaching
  3. We Receive Christ by the Holy Spirit Alone

The Father Concealed Christ in a Mystery

We are going to start with the first four verses. I’ll give you a little glimpse of the context, since we weren’t here last week. Last week in the sermon text we were supposed to look at together, Paul was really coming hard against this idea of wisdom. For example, look at 1 Corinthians 2:1, Paul said, “I when I came to you brothers did not come forth claiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom.”

What Paul wants to make sure though is that in opposing wisdom in this way, people don’t get idea that Paul is somehow opposed to all wisdom. He’s not. Paul is opposed to this human conception of wisdom, because what he’s argues is less like French more like Chinese, because what he’s arguing is that wisdom is essentially false. You cannot simply reason from your own human heart and human mind and human imaginations up to the truth that is in God. Instead the wisdom of God is something that has to be revealed to you or you won’t get it at all. Less like French, more like Chinese in that regard.

So, here’s what he says in verse six

6 Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. 1 Corinthians 6:2, ESV

Don’t think that we’re not talking about wisdom. We are talking about wisdom. We do impart wisdom although, it is not a wisdom of the age or of the rulers of this age who are doomed to pass away. Paul says the wisdom that he wants to reject is the wisdom of this age.

Well, when is this age? Essentially, he’s talking about the entirety of human history beginning with the fall of Adam and Eve into sin and the beginning in Genesis 3:6. Humanity first relied upon its own wisdom and rejected God’s wisdom at the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. In Genesis 3:4-6, Eve’s looking at that tree and sees that its fruit was to be desired to make one wise. She rejected God’s wisdom and God’s knowledge and instead ate some fruit and then gave some to her husband who was with her and he ate as well.

Since that point on, all the way to the end of time, is this age. It’s the age that is characterized by a rejection of God’s wisdom. A fundamental turning away from God’s wisdom to a human wisdom that is entirely fundamentally completely unlike God. Who is like God? No one. Which is why you can’t rely on the wisdom of this age.

So instead he says in verse seven.

7 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. 1 Corinthians 6:7, ESV

Literally what he says here is, “but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery.” We have to be careful when we understand the word mystery, we might think of mystery with Sherlock Holmes. What made Sherlock Holmes remarkable was the way that he was able to solve mysteries. He could see the kind of cigar ash that was left at a crime scene and the kind of mud that was on a man’s boots. From those he logically deduced, this is the cigar ash this country so we must be dealing with a person from that country. The mud on his boots is looking like that, that means it all came from one particular area that man must have been at earlier today. He looks at all of these observations of the world around him and deduced from those things and solve the case. He takes observations around him and reasons down an answer or solution

God’s wisdom, which is a biblical mystery, is something that you cannot deduce. It is something that you cannot look around you or look anywhere in this world and from that reason and deduce up to God. It doesn’t work that way. We are talking about a Biblical mystery. It’s more like if I said, I’m holding up the certain number of fingers behind my back guess how many, you have two choices that are somewhere between zero and infinity. Well there’s just no way for you to guess the answer to that question until I actually reveal the answer to you. Again, less like something you know of like French for me and more like Chinese where it must be revealed.

So, what Paul says is the wisdom of God is a mystery and it’s hidden, it’s something that’s completely hidden. What he goes on to say is that this wisdom of God is something that God decreed before the ages. Notice in verse six he said, “it’s not a wisdom of the age”, singular but now he says, “But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory.” Ages are plural.

In other words, in the entirety of time, before the foundation of the earth, God was decreeing, literally this is the word for predestined, God was deciding in eternity past a plan. This wisdom refers to God’s plan. What Paul is talking about here is what theologians called the Covenant of Redemption. It says that in eternity past, before creation began, God had decided to predestine the way in which he would save sinners like you and me.

The plan of God was something where God had decided that the Father would conceal the Son, hidden in a mystery until the fullness of time. Then when it came to be the right time for God to send the Son into the world to become incarnate, to take upon himself a human nature. Then by this human nature he would be like us in every respect, except for without sin. In this human nature he would teach, he would preach, he would be a servant, and he would obey God in a way that was completely and totally according to the law. So that the Son in the person of Jesus Christ would then obey all the way to the cross.

That the world, instead of recognizing his glory, instead of recognizing that this was the Lord of Glory, in 1 Corinthians 2:8,

8 None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.1 Corinthians 2:8, ESV

This was the Lord of Glory and yet they despised him, they rejected him, they turned against him because relying upon their own intuitive human wisdom they looked upon God’s wisdom and said I don’t want. I don’t want what that actually has. I want to reason up and create a god in my image, according to it according to what I think about him.

Here comes God in the flesh and they crucified him. The plan was that God’s the son’s body, the human nature of God the Son that he had taken through reincarnation, that death would hold sway over that body for three days. Until on the third day when Jesus Christ would be raised up from the dead in resurrection life, until forty days later when he would ascend to the right hand of his father in Heaven. Where he would remain for, he is building his kingdom by the outpouring of his Spirit on men, women and children to faith in Christ.

To the building up of his church until the end when Jesus Christ returns as the ruler of Heaven and Earth. He will return as the righteous judge of all the earth, who will judge the rulers of this age and they will be doomed to pass away. But God will bring his people into their glory. This is something that God decreed for the ages for his glory. His plan, this Covenant of Redemption, that God determined and bound himself to an eternity past, is for our glory. For the glory of all those who looked to Christ in faith. It’s a remarkable thing that has to be revealed. It was hidden for a time, but now it’s been revealed in Christ. But that doesn’t mean that there were never any hints of this.

The Old Testament is filled with hints and clues. Just not the clues that Sherlock Holmes could gather together and then deduce that God was going to send his son into the world to save sinners. That’s what he’s getting at it verse nine, he said,

9 But, as it is written,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”—
1 Corinthians 2:9, ESV

It is an incomplete sentence. This is a really tricky passage because Paul isn’t quoting verbatim any particular text in the Old Testament, he’s summarizing the Old Testament. The other thing here is this is not actually a complete sentence, yet what he’s communicating it’s really clear. He is saying in the past in the old covenant, before the fullness of time when Jesus Christ came into the world, God dropped all of these hints. In promises, in prophecies, in the sacrificial system, in prophets, and kings and priests that all of these were foreshadowing or declaring in advance who Jesus Christ would be. They were declaring the person and the work that Jesus Christ would come to do.

That’s the plan; Christ and him crucified. Yet the whole world didn’t figure out what it would be until it was revealed, until Christ was on the scene. Even then they didn’t get it, their eyes didn’t see it and their ears couldn’t hear him for what he was saying. Their hearts didn’t imagine this was the Lord of glory and so they crucified him.

Yet even that was according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God. That played right into his plan of redemption so that in crucifying the Lord of Glory, Jesus Christ with bleed out so that his blood could atone for the sins of all those who believe in him by faith.

So this Old Testament summary shows that throughout the Old Testament God was saying, I have a plan, I have a purpose, I know what I’m doing, I’m bringing you and I’m preparing for you something that was accomplished and planned before the foundations of the earth were laid. Now I’m working it out in human history, until the time comes when the one I have prepared for you my son Jesus Christ, will be crucified for you. That’s what no eye saw, that’s what no ear heard, that’s what no heart of man imagined, that’s what God has prepared for those who love him.

We apply this by marveling at the plan of God in eternity past. Do you know what a privilege you have to see the plan and purposes of God unfolded? Do you know that the believers of the old covenant longed to understanding this plan and yet it was veiled in their eyes? The apostle Peter write this in 1st Peter,

10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, 11 inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. 12 It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.1 Peter 1:10-12, ESV

It wasn’t just the old covenant believers. The angels of God himself, in the throne room of God, long to see this plan. This is the height of God’s wisdom, this plan, they wanted to know what God was up to. Yet it was hidden and veiled and concealed until the fullness of time, when the solution to answer the fullness of God’s redemptive plan in the person and work of Jesus Christ could come into the world. Do you know what a privilege it is to hear that about this plan?

Children do you know what a privilege it is to grow up in a Christian home to be brought into the church and hear these mysteries of God’s plan from the before the ages? God was at work in this work planned to bring you to faith in Jesus Christ, it’s a privilege. For the rest of us, do you understand all of this and marvel at what God has been? Do you look at the Old Testament and say my goodness what was God doing, this is extraordinary!

Here’s the real question; does this bring you to anguish and agony over your sin? When the prophet Isaiah was brought into the throne room of God and saw a vision of the king, he declared “Woe is me for I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips for my eyes have seen the king the Lord of hosts.” And yet here’s one of those prophets who is not permitted to see it. He did not have the fullness of revelation even standing in the throne room of God that we have in seeing revealed in God’s word the person and work of Jesus Christ.

You have a better vision. Does it bring you in agony and anguish over your sins? To look at what God has provided to you in Christ, for all those who look to Jesus in faith. The whole plan of God, from before the foundations of the world were laid, is that God the Son would pour out his blood for you. The Lord of glory would be crucified for you, for all those who look to Christ in faith. This is an extraordinary privilege.

Paul told us something remarkable in these four verses. That the Father concealed Christ in a mystery. Now as he moves on to the second section Paul tells us not about how the Father concealed this, but what the Father is doing by sending the Holy Spirit into the world to reveal this plan.

The Holy Spirit Reveals Christ Through Preaching

That Old Testament quotation is an incomplete sentence because it’s supposed to flow right into verse ten. “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined… What God has prepared for those who love him…” These things, verse ten, God has revealed to us through the Spirit. God’s brought them before us, he’s unveiled the veiled hidden counsels of God in eternity past, before the foundations of the earth were laid. And he does this revealing, Paul says, through the Spirit. Who is the Spirit and what qualifies him to reveal the counsels of God?

I said earlier this is like going into China and having no clue what the words are that are being spoken. You need an interpreter; you need someone who can authoritatively declare to you this is what is being spoken otherwise made a mystery is remain secret. What Paul says is that the Holy Spirit is the authoritative interpreter of the purposes, plans and counsels of God.

Look at verse ten, “for the Spirit searches everything.” This word for searches is like an investigative process. This is someone who is doing all of the work and it doesn’t talk about the process as much as the result of the search. The Spirit has so thoroughly searched the Spirit of God, that the Holy Spirit has come to know even the depths of God. This means that the Spirit is a person. Only people can investigate, things don’t investigate. This also means that the Spirit must be God because only God can know the deep things of God.

No creature could know the deep things of God. They are hidden, they are concealed. That’s what Paul is saying. He goes on in verse eleven to say,

11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 1 Corinthians 2:11, ESV

The point Paul is making here is simple. I may watch something you do from afar and say, oh that’s a really nice person to do that. What I don’t know is that in your heart of hearts you are trying to trick me or trying to manipulate me. You smile real nice and I don’t know the difference and just walk into your trap. It might go in the opposite direction. I may look at you and say, what a jerk, why would someone do that? When in reality you may be trying to do something really nice and I’m just not smart enough to realize it. I don’t know your thoughts; you don’t know my thoughts. You know your thoughts, the spirit inside of you knows your thoughts. You can’t trick yourself about what you’re thinking and why you are doing these things.

Paul is saying is that the Spirit of God is the Spirit of God. That is the Spirit within God, the Spirit of the Father and the Son, this Spirit is the authoritative translator who brings to bear and declares to us the hidden wisdom of God. So, in verse twelve Paul says,

12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. 1 Corinthians 2:12-13, ESV

In verse thirteen we see how God does this. What are these spiritual words?

We weren’t here last week. Maybe you didn’t listen to the recording. Paul is talking about preaching, that’s what the previous passage is. It’s really important to what Paul is saying here. Paul is talking about the preaching that he does. In 1:21 Paul says,

21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 1 Corinthians 1:21, ESV

Literally the folly of preaching. It’s partially the message we preach and partially the method in which we preach. Preaching is foolishness in the way that it comes about because look at 2:3-4.

3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, 4 and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.1 Corinthians 2:3-5, ESV

The words taught by the Spirit, in verse, thirteen is preaching. Weak, trembling, foolish proclamation of Jesus Christ and him crucified.

Pay attention to preaching. Preaching is a unique method that God has commanded as part of the counsels that were appointed in eternity past about how God is going to make his plan known to the world. Through preaching.

I know the world you live in; I live in it too. We are drowning in content. We have radio, but that’s old news. We have newspapers, who buys those anymore? We have magazines, online, podcasts, streaming video. You can walk down the street and stream Netflix on your phone. We live in a miraculous age. We are drowning in content and yet that content is not the content that can save you.

When you hear a man preaching to you in plain words. I’m not doing anything magical to you right now. I’m just preaching Jesus Christ and him crucified to you right now. By exposing the text of God it’s not effective to you unto salvation just because of what I’m doing. The Holy Spirit comes alongside this, Paul says, and the Holy Spirit begins to speak to you in a new way.

This is what Paul was previously talking about a calling. Not a general call, but an effectual call. Where God takes that preaching and makes it real. Confirms the truthfulness of it, confirms that reality of it to your heart. So that you will believe, not because of how good the preacher is but because of the demonstration of the power of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit reveals Christ through preaching.

We Receive Christ by the Holy Spirit Alone

In verses fourteen through sixteen Paul takes this further. He says that this is not just a general way, this isn’t a way that the Holy Spirit reveals Christ through preaching. You can’t find Christ through any other way. There is no podcast you are going to find this in, no Netflix series you’ll get this from. You get this by the Holy Spirit, or you get this nowhere.

14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 15 The spiritual person judges all things but is himself to be judged by no one. 16 “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.1 Corinthians 2:6-16, ESV

The basic point in verse fourteen is that the ability to discern spiritual things is like a sixth sense. Children have you ever wanted a superpower? The Bible says we have something way better than that. We are given the Holy Spirit to give us spiritual discernment into the spiritual things of God.

Without this sixth sense, this spiritual sense. All of this is still veiled to us. Even if someone preaches to you in your language, you won’t hear it in a way that will drive you to your knees seeking God and the salvation that he offers you through Jesus Christ As one commentator puts it, it would be like asking a deaf man what he thinks of Mozart’s music or asking a blind man what he thinks of Monet’s paintings. We just don’t have the capabilities to discern that, to judge that. We do Paul says.

In verse fifteen, Paul says your sense aren’t limited anymore. You are able to discern spiritually. No one else can say that’s not true because they can’t tell. It’s like a blind man saying that picture is not beautiful. They don’t know, they don’t have the capability to understand it.

In verse sixteen we are told we have the infinite privilege of being given the mind of Christ is part of gospel plan from the foundations of the earth.

Application

  1. This passage gives us critical understanding when we talk to people who don’t believe in Jesus. Maybe you don’t believe in Jesus, or didn’t believe in Jesus, or remember a time when you didn’t believer in Jesus. When that was the case, it wasn’t because these people are lacking in wisdom. They might be some of the most intellectually capable people in the world. It wasn’t necessarily because they weren’t good in a human sense of the word good. It isn’t because they were less spiritually sensitive in themselves than you and I are. It’s completely because the Holy Spirit hasn’t given them a sense to discern this.When we interact with people who don’t know Jesus it means that it has to be patient, long-suffering, gentle, it has to recognize that they just aren’t going to get it. We have a newborn in our house. As much as I’d like to tell this newborn that it isn’t a convenient time for you to cry, that newborn doesn’t get it. He doesn’t have the capabilities to understand that yet and he keeps on screaming. It doesn’t matter how early it is in the morning.The same thing is true that without this spiritual capability, we don’t get it.
  2. What this means is that we have to have a faithful, long-term strategy for trying to share the gospel with people. We have to have a way to faithfully, regularly declaring this to people who don’t yet know Jesus.Right now, we are in the middle of a campaign where we are trying to raise money to repair some of the facility needs in our midst. While we have financial goals, our goals are about far more than that. They are about spiritual goals, trying to reach people with the gospel.The whole point for restoring and preserving and renovating the facility has to do with putting ourselves in the position to reach people with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The next step of this campaign is to use our renewed and refreshed facility for better outreach. Next year we are looking at launching two specific outreach ministries. We are looking to reaching out to college students with a college ministry. We are also looking to reach out to international people with English as a Second Language classes. Harvest has done ESL classes in the past and it has been very fruitful. We want to bring that back again.

    Pray how is God leading you to be faithful in your evangelistic witness. We are all called to this. Not just the ones standing up here preaching, not just the ones gifted in certain ways. We need hospitality gifts just as much as we need evangelistic gifts in these areas. We need 100% of people participating in prayer not only to ask what God would have me give financial, but also how would he have me serve to faithfully declare the gospel of Jesus Christ to people who don’t know him yet.

  3. The final thing I want to emphasize is prayer. All of this is a miracle. All of this is the spirit of God working in us in a way that we cannot understand. Do you come to sermons praying that God will open your eyes, and ears and heart? Pray. You won’t get a thing out of this is you don’t have the spirit pouring into you. Do you pray for others to have eyes to see and ears to hear and hearts to understand? Pray.We want this church gathered in prayer. Come to a prayer service. Pray that God will do what this church, humanly speaking, cannot do on our own. Be seeking, be praying for, be asking the spirit of God to do the work that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit have planned and ordained from before the foundations of the earth were laid. It has now come to fulfillment in the person and work of Jesus Christ through the proclamation of the gospel by the power of the Holy Spirit until the day when our Lord Jesus will come again.

Pray with me. Father these are things too lofty, too marvelous for us. We don’t get them, we don’t understand them, we can’t see them and the fullness of their glory. Father, we ask that you would open our eyes to see you, that you would open our ears to hear you and open our hearts to understand the business of this. All the glory of this, it’s not only for Christ’s glory, but somehow in some unspeakable unimaginable way, for us and for our glory, to be included in this by your great mercy and grace in love. We ask Father that you would give us grace to know this kind of power from your Holy Spirit. We pray that you would lead us in the direction that you would have us go and we pray that you would do all of this for the glory of Christ and for our good. We pray this in the name of your son. Amen.

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