Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Things Freely Given to Us (Live Forgiven Series, Part 4)

1 Corinthians 2:9-12 (KJV), "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. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 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. 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."

This passage is one of the most important and one of the most misunderstood as well. The main reason it is misunderstood is because most people only read or quote verse nine, which is a wonderful truth. However, the very next verse allows us some insight into the mind of God because God has revealed unto us His purpose within the pages of scripture. The Spirit of God has revealed unto us the knowledge of what He has given unto us, "freely".

The word freely has tremendous importance to us and throughout scripture. The word tells us that we have been given some things without us having to pay for it, work for it, or pray for it. There is absolutely nothing we can do to receive these things because we have received these things because of what Christ did for us over 2000 years ago. Is there another verse where this word is important? What about Genesis 2:16, Romans 3:24, 8:32, and 1 Corinthians 2:12? Read these verses. They speak for themselves. The point we want to make here is, the word is very important.

God has revealed a secret that the Trinity decided, before the foundation of the world, to complete salvation for all through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Also, they would indwell all who have accepted the gospel.

Understanding Gods word; which is possible, contrary to popular thought, through proper study, is easy if we allow His word to work in our minds the way He designed to work.  

Grace and Peace,
Greg Resor
Complete in Him

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