Read 1 Corinthians 2
Focus on verse 13
Back in the seventies the phrase “outta this world” could be used to describe anything from one’s favorite flavor of ice cream to drug induced hallucinations. Either way the intention of the statement was to convey the idea that whether the experience was good or bad it was unlike anything previously experienced.
In today’s reading Paul speaks of “words not taught by human wisdom”.
And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. (v. 13)
This is not the first time people who had spent much of their lives studying the scriptures noticed that those who followed Jesus seemed to possess a kind of wisdom that was – well – out of this world. It was not like anything they had heard previously.
The Pharisees were men who had studied the Old Testament diligently and were highly respected for their wisdom, but when they heard the followers of Jesus speak, and realized that these were unschooled fishermen, the noted the fact that they had spent time with Jesus. What surprised them was that these men spoke just as Jesus had…with authority! Other Pharisees would tend to quote one another when they wanted to sound authoritative. Jesus followers spoke as Jesus did – with authority that came from knowing God.
This authority continues to be available to those who submit themselves to the Holy Spirit and walk in obedience to His leading. It may seem a little out of this world, but it is the kind of wisdom that is needed to make sense of this world.