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2016 September 9

Demosthenes Practicing Oratory
Jean-Jules-Antoine Lecomte du Nouy (1842-1923)
Academic Style; Orientalism Genre
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Image Source: Counter-Currents.com

     Explanation: In 1 Corinthians 2, Paul begins by telling his readers that he did not come to them with excellence of speech when he declared God's message to them. He wanted to know nothing among them other than Jesus Christ, and him crucified. When he was with them he was there in weakness, fear, and trembling. But his speech demonstrated the power of the Holy Spirit, even though it was not delivered with enticing words of man's wisdom. He wanted their faith to stand in God's power, not in man's wisdom (1-5).
     He does not speak man's wisdom. rather he speaks God's wisdom and God's mystery. If the rulers of this age had known these things, they would not have crucified Christ. They did not see, hear, or know the things of God. But God revealed them to us by his Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit knows all of the deep things of God, just as a man's spirit knows what is in the man. The Holy Spirit reveals God's message to us, not man's message. And we compare spiritual things with spiritual (6-13).
     The natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit of God because they are foolishness to him. But the spiritual man has discernment, and no man can judge him. No one can instruct the Lord, but the Lord has instructed us (14-16).
     [Sermons: William Still. John Macarthur. Sinclair B Ferguson. Various. ]
     [Illustration: Today's painting is of Demosthenes, one of history's most famous and most effective orators. In today's chapter, Paul makes a detailed point of not being an orator. Instead, he allowed the Gospel to demonstrate its own innate power, and he drew on the power of God to bring fruits from his ministry. ]


          [THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: 1 Corinthians 2:1-5: 2 Corinthians 10:7-12; 2 Corinthians 12:11-13; Galatians 4:12-20; Ephesians 3:1-13; Philippians 2:1-11; 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10. 1 Corinthians 2:6-16: Romans 8:26-27; Romans 11:33-36; Galatians 6:1-6; Ephesians 3:1-13; Ephesians 4:11-16; Colossians 1:24 - 2:3. ]
     NOTE: The parallels above are based in a very small part on my own research but principally on the following sources:
     Fred O Francis and J. Paul Sampley, Pauline Parallels, Second Edition. (Minneapolis, Minnesota: Fortress Press, 1984).
     Most of the material on Hebrews is from an online article titled Pauline parallels in Hebrews taken from Charles H. Welch and Stuart Allen Welch, Perfection Or Perdition? An Exposition Of The Epistle To The Hebrews, (London: Berean Publishing Trust, 1973). ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


Gospel Harmony - Summary. | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine. | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible. |

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF). | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF).

*** For Additional word studies use one of the Greek Interlinear Bibles below. ***

Mounce Interlinear. Bible Hub Greek Interlinear. Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible.

1 Corinthians 2

1. Issues Affecting the Corinthian's Unity (1 Corinthians 1:1 - 1 Corinthians 15:58) - 54 A.D. Philippi

     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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