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1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. 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 nought: 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. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

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1 Randy O = "Verse 5:That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. Perhaps the most ignored scripture in the New Testament.  But Paul boldly states that our faith stands NOT because we hear great sermons, but BECAUSE WE SEE the Holy Spirit demonstrating the power of God and CONFIRMING the words spoken.Throughout the New Testament we are warned again and again not to be fooled by men who are great speakers or orators. Paul, Timothy, Peter and John all warn us to beware of those who with great swelling words lead us away from the simplicity of the Gospel unto other doctrines.  They warn that these men (and women) are motivated by their own covetousness (greed). They desire to build there own followers for their own purposes.Paul, knowing the devices of the devil as mentioned above, determines to "not know any thing" "save Jesus Christ, and him crucified".Paul, having as much or more revelation from God as any man alive in his generation, has no desire to impress anyone with his knowledge because he is not trying to gain followers for himself.He is seeking people to become followers of Jesus, the Messiah (Christ). And so his preaching is no more than the Son of God has come to earth and was murdered by a sinful human race. But God has raised him from the dead and made Him Lord of heaven and earth and all who will repent of their sins and believe on His name shall be saved from judgement and receive eternal life.Jesus Christ and him crucified.And to this message Paul declares that the power of God works mightily in him and through him confirming the Gospel which he preaches.Which leads us back to verse 5 which states that our faith should not stand because of great sermons or enticing words. No. Our faith should stand in seeing with our own eyes, the power of God confirming the words that are spoken. "
2 Cary W = "This is the kind of heart and attitude that allows God to be our strength and courage, that even though we tremble and stumble with our words, by seeking to know only Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.  Then the Spirit can speak and work through us in power that glorifies God and draws all men to Him."
3 Cary W = "When our understanding and hearts are opened to the mystery of God's words to us, it always comes with great power, where the very revelation of Him transforms us and everyone around us."
4 Cary W = "This verse demonstrates the foolishness of most religious students and churches.  All teaching and preaching must be born of the inspiration and guidance of the very Spirit of God, or it is superficial understatnding of the things of God, which runs contrary to the grace and mystery of Christ revealed.  Daily we are to put off the mind of the ordinary human fleshly mind, and put on the mind of Christ; be taught of only the Spirit for true spiritual nourishment and understanding of the mysteries of God."
5 Cary W = "As we loose ourselves from earthly sight and grow in the ability to see as the Spirit within us teaches, then we are given insight into things we could never image, yeah, even the profound, deep things of God."
6 Deena E = ""he that is spiritual"The word spiritual used here by Paul refers to being filled with the Holy Spirit and therefore the person's mind, heart, will and emotions being governed by the complete authority of God. Being filled with the Holy Spirit enables one to discern (judge) what is right and what is wrong in all instances. This is often misconstrued because Christians are infrequently filled with the Holy Spirit. The filling of the Holy Spirit is something that takes cognizance and continual renewing by prayer each day, which many of us (let's be honest) do not discipline ourselves to do every single day. "
7 Deena E = ""But we have the mind of Christ"The mind (intellect, reasoning and discernment) of Christ is on an automatic provision every Christian receives upon salvation. The mind of Christ is a Jesus' way of thinking or Jesus' worldview; I think that Paul is implying that without Jesus' way of thinking, a person is unable to receive instruction (counsel/wisdom/guidance) from the Lord."