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Commentary on 1 Corinthians

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2.1–16 .

1–5 :

Paul's preaching illustrates God's power. Here Paul recalls his founding visit (Acts 18.1–18 ). Mystery * of God is not a puzzle but something hidden that God can reveal (compare Rom 16.25–26 ). The alternate reading, testimony of God, suggests that God bears witness through Paul's preaching. Jesus Christ, and him crucified includes both Paul's preaching and manner of life (compare Gal 2.19–20 ). Demonstration of the Spirit and of power: Paul saw himself as a channel for the Holy Spirit exerting power (1 Thess 1.5; 2.13 ).

6–16 :

Wisdom for the mature. Now Paul speaks of wisdom positively. This age and the rulers of this age refer to Paul's world and those who control it, probably heavenly forces rather than earthly rulers.

9 :

As it is written: Paul mixes several Old Testament passages (Isa. 64.4; 52.15; 65.16 ).

14 :

The unspiritual (“psychikos”), or “natural,” person is a two-dimensional figure living in a three-dimensional world.

15 :

The spiritual (“pneumatikos”) person is guided by God's Spirit (“pnemua”).

16 :

Isa 40.13 . The mind of Christ, guided by God's Spirit, seeks what is truly God's (v. 11; Phil. 2.5–11 ).

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