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1 Corinthians 2

  1. Proclaiming the testimony of God – V. 1

  2. Jesus Christ and him crucified – V. 2

  3. Proclaimed in natural weakness – V. 3

  4. Proclaimed in natural fear – V. 3

  5. Proclaimed in demonstration of the Spirit – V. 4

  6. Proclaimed in the power of God – V. 5

  7. We do impart wisdom – V. 6

  8. We impart a secret – V. 7

  9. God has revealed to us – V. 10

  10. We have received – V. 12

  11. We might understand – V. 12

  12. We impart this in words – V. 13

  13. The spiritual person – V. 15

  14. We have the mind of Christ – V. 16

Proclaiming Christ Crucified

1 And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, 4 and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

Wisdom from the Spirit

6 Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. 7 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But, as it is written,

What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,

nor the heart of man imagined,

what God has prepared for those who love him”—

10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.

* Or
interpreting spiritual truths in spiritual language, or comparing spiritual things with spiritual

Lexicon Results

Strong's G4151 - pneuma





pnyü'-mä (Key)

Part of Speech

neuter noun

Root Word (Etymology)

From πνω (G4154)

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Outline of Biblical Usage

1) the third person of the triune God, the Holy Spirit, coequal, coeternal with the Father and the Son

a) sometimes referred to in a way which emphasises his personality and character (the "Holy" Spirit)

b) sometimes referred to in a way which emphasises his work and power (the Spirit of "Truth")

c) never referred to as a depersonalised force

2) the spirit, i.e. the vital principal by which the body is animated

a) the rational spirit, the power by which the human being feels, thinks, decides

b) the soul

3) a spirit, i.e. a simple essence, devoid of all or at least all grosser matter, and possessed of the power of knowing, desiring, deciding, and acting

a) a life giving spirit

b) a human soul that has left the body

c) a spirit higher than man but lower than God, i.e. an angel

1) used of demons, or evil spirits, who were conceived as inhabiting the bodies of men

2) the spiritual nature of Christ, higher than the highest angels and equal to God, the divine nature of Christ

4) the disposition or influence which fills and governs the soul of any one

a) the efficient source of any power, affection, emotion, desire, etc.

5) a movement of air (a gentle blast)

a) of the wind, hence the wind itself

b) breath of nostrils or mouth

[View this word in Trench's Synonyms here.]

Authorized Version (KJV) Translation Count — Total: 385

AVSpirit 111, Holy Ghost 89, Spirit (of God) 13, Spirit (of the Lord) 5, (My) Spirit 3, Spirit (of truth) 3, Spirit (of Christ) 2, human (spirit) 49, (evil) spirit 47, spirit (general) 26, spirit 8, (Jesus' own) spirit 6, (Jesus' own) ghost 2, misc 21


14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 15 The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. 16 “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.


  1. We have the mind of Christ.

Lexicon Results

Strong's G3563 - nous





nü's (Key)

Part of Speech

masculine noun

Root Word (Etymology)

Probably from the base of γινσκω (G1097)

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Outline of Biblical Usage

1) the mind, comprising alike the faculties of perceiving and understanding and those of feeling, judging, determining

a) the intellectual faculty, the understanding

b) reason in the narrower sense, as the capacity for spiritual truth, the higher powers of the soul, the faculty of perceiving divine things, of recognising goodness and of hating evil

c) the power of considering and judging soberly, calmly and impartially

2) a particular mode of thinking and judging, i.e thoughts, feelings, purposes, desires

Authorized Version (KJV) Translation Count — Total: 24

AVmind 21, understanding 3

  1. We have the mind of Christ.

Lexicon Results

Strong's G5547 - Christos





khrē-sto's (Key)

Part of Speech


Root Word (Etymology)

From χρω (G5548)

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Christ = "anointed"

1) Christ was the Messiah, the Son of God

2) anointed

Authorized Version (KJV) Translation Count — Total: 569

AVChrist 569

Pastor Rev. C.E. Stephen Coates

Sunday Morning - July 7th, 2013

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