A Four Question Quiz
It just irritates me when I hear a preacher or believer say we don’t know what God has prepared for us as believers. These people quote one verse to make that claim and then they stop reading. I get so frustrated I yell, read the next verse would you! But God, read it man read it. Don’t leave the people thinking they can not know, read it. Tell them, “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit:”
Naturally, I am referring to 1 Corinthians 2:9,10. So I wanted to do an experiment. I am going to give you the text in its entirety and then ask you four questions.
Remember in school, teachers would test your reading comprehension by reading you a story or giving you a story to read, then they would close the book and ask you questions about the story? That was to test your listening skills. But when they asked questions like what if this character did this instead of that, they were testing your comprehension of an event, concept or teaching.
People read all kinds of things all day long but just because they can read something and tell you what they read, does not mean they have reading comprehension. Another words, just because someone can read an article or a book does not mean they understand the concept, the teaching, the methods the book is teaching.
Remember in our last post What Is Understanding we used our smart phones as the example? We explained just because you read the operating manual does not mean you understand how or why your smart phone works. Someone with good reading comprehension can look at and read the manual and “see” how everything works together.
With God’s word we see similar situations, except for one major point. God’s word is a living word. So when people start messing with God’s word, they are asking for trouble. Those who make “their” version, their notes are added so they play Holy Spirit through their notes, they are messing with Almighty God and his word. That issue is for another time.
So a casual read through God’s word gives us basics. And as for reading comprehension, a casual read shows us the overall concepts taught in God’s word. But because the word of God is a living book, God makes different things “pop out” to the reader. That is why you can read verses one time and get one thing out of the verses and something different the next time you read the same verses.
But like the smart phone, when you comprehend the environment you understand how they work, how to get them to perform certain functions and how to get specific results.
Lots of people read scripture but few try to comprehend what scripture teaches. An example is salvation. People say a prayer and think they are saved, but do they comprehend what salvation really is? What about 10, 20 or 30 years later, do they comprehend what salvation really is? Surely when we first got saved we did not comprehend what we were getting into but we knew and believed God and his word. So we acted on the authority of God’s word and got saved.
Now it is time to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ and most saved people look to preachers to teach them, what comes next. These new converts will either dig into God’s word and find answers or they defer to other people to teach them. Often the latter case causes believers to be tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine.
So let me, as I said at the beginning of this post, give you some text and then ask you four questions from the text.
1 Corinthians 2:1-16 KJV “And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.
 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
 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:
 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom , which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it , they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
 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.
 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.
 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.
 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.”
Can we know the things God has prepared for us who love him?
If yes, how can we know what God has prepared for us who love him?
Do we have the mind of Christ?
What is the mind of Christ?
Don’t give me your opinion for these questions, prove your answers with scripture. You can email me your answers at email@example.com
Or feel free to post comments.
Until next time.