1 Corinthians 2:6-12
6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to naught.
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory.
8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
Many people interpret 1 Corinthians 1:9 as referring to what we will experience when we get to heaven…in terms of the enhanced colors, sights, and sounds that are currently unimaginable. This is an accurate interpretation, and in my opinion this verse can be seen to apply this way.
But verses 10-12 then tell us that verse 9 can also apply to the truths of God that the Holy Spirit will lead born-again Christians into through discipleship and a life-of-faith experience following Jesus Christ. This is an extremely powerful promise of God. It says that the Spirit searches out the deep things of God, and will reveal them unto Spirit-born Christians who have taken up their cross and are living within their God-composed journey of faith.
Biblical faith generated in a God-composed journey of faith life-script costs something in giving up part of worldly conventional normalcy…oftentimes simply because there is not room for both to fit within a 24-hour/7-day week…but the exchange is totally lop-sided in terms of cost/benefit depending upon how we value the discovery of the deep things of God within our personal relationship with God.
For example, God allowed Abraham to get as close as anyone has ever come to a similar experience to the Son of God’s sacrifice…from God the Father’s perspective…where at Calvary the Father did allow Jesus His Son to go through the entire cross experience to the bitter end of death…totally foreign to God for all eternity up to that point in time.
God had no intention of Abraham actually sacrificing Isaac on Mount Moriah. “Stop…I myself will provide” to borrow a phrase used by Ravi Zacharias to describe this episode in history…tells us that at the initiation of biblical-quality adventures of faith starting with Abraham…that God will take us to the edge and beyond into the “deep things of God”…allowing Abraham to the edge of peering into what God will actually do two thousand years later for the salvation of mankind.
These issues soar far above worldly conventional normalcy and thinking. They are way beyond the reach of humanistic reasoning and creative imagination. And these issues are ours…they belong to Spirit-born Christians today…according to the promise of 1 Corinthians 6-12.
God-composed journey of faith life-scripts in the biblical narrative stories of faith and in the lives of Spirit-born Christians today…create the gap between what we can do innately through worldly conventional tasks in life…and what we cannot do through divinely composed scenarios designed to generate an environment where we need God’s help and participation to succeed and overcome.
This is the “true normal” that lasts and triumphs for eternity…and not…in contrast…to the impulsively hasty leap into self-sovereignty as unqualified junior gods we were never created to be…as first occurred in the Garden of Eden fall so many years ago.
Trials, troubles, and tribulations that pull us to God…as we read in the Old and New Testaments in the Bible…are a blessing of incalculable worth…when they bring us to seeing and hearing what previously “eye hath not seen, nor ear heard.”
At some point individual Christians and the Christian church at-large must decide whether we want worldly conventional normalcy…or the “deep things of God.” Like the story of Abraham, Isaac, and God on Mount Moriah…both will not fit…one or the other has to go.
Biblical-quality faith is not taught in many Christian churches today because it is feared this message will drive down church attendance…and in truth…it will. If we want mega-churches situated on grand campuses according to worldly conventional expectations for “church growth”…then tithe fundraising to pay off the hefty mortgage…necessitating large congregations and television coverage…must be at the top of the list of priorities…but at what cost?
Biblical faith that ventures out into a God-led expedition into the “deep things of God” is part of what makes the Spirit-born Christian the “salt of the earth” (Mt. 5:13). If we forfeit this salt feature through compromising with worldly conventional normalcy and thinking…then we lose the very thing that is our unique value to the world.
I believe the biblical narrative stories of faith are telling us that biblical faith that leads to discovering the “deep things of God” is the most important reality in this current life…second only to our initial profession of faith in Christ that procures salvation. I believe this simple yet profound truth will rise to the forefront in the coming days in the Christian church…separating out of worldly conventional normalcy the commendable parts of “occupy til I come”…from the challenging gaps divinely created within a God-composed journey of faith that unearths the “deep things of God’ that every person of faith longs for.