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KTG 6 -Praying In The Spirit Part 2: Receiving Revelation

Study Guide / Outline

Introduction to Paul’s Teaching Method (1 Corinthians 2:1)

  • Description: Paul emphasizes his approach to teaching the Corinthians, focusing not on eloquent speech or wisdom but on the testimony of God.
  • Main Points:
    • Paul consciously chooses simplicity over eloquence in his teachings.
    • He centers his teaching solely on Jesus Christ and His crucifixion.
  • Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:1

The Intention Behind Paul’s Approach

  • Description: Paul explains his deliberate choice to appear in weakness and fear to the Corinthians.
  • Main Points:
    • His approach was to prevent faith from being based on human wisdom but on God’s power.
    • Demonstrating weakness emphasized the power of the message over the messenger.

Contrasting Human Wisdom with Divine Power (1 Corinthians 2:4)

  • Description: Paul distinguishes between persuasive words of human wisdom and the demonstration of the Spirit and power.
  • Main Points:
    • The focus is on God’s power rather than human abilities or eloquence.
    • This approach counters the Corinthian church’s tendency toward carnality.
  • Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:4

The Role of Wisdom in Paul’s Teachings

  • Description: Paul addresses the role of wisdom among mature believers.
  • Main Points:
    • Spiritual wisdom differs from the wisdom of the age or world rulers.
    • God’s wisdom is a mystery ordained for our glory.

The Mystery of God’s Wisdom (1 Corinthians 2:7-8)

  • Description: Discusses the nature of God’s wisdom as a hidden mystery.
  • Main Points:
    • God’s wisdom was hidden from world rulers, who unknowingly crucified the Lord.
    • This wisdom was predestined for our glorification.
  • Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:7-8

Revealing Divine Mysteries (1 Corinthians 2:9-10)

  • Description: Paul quotes Isaiah to emphasize the unveiling of divine mysteries.
  • Main Points:
    • God has prepared things beyond human perception for those who love Him.
    • These mysteries are revealed through the Spirit.
  • Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:9-10

The Spirit’s Role in Understanding God (1 Corinthians 2:11-12)

  • Description: The Spirit’s unique role in comprehending God’s thoughts.
  • Main Points:
    • Just as one’s spirit knows their thoughts, only God’s Spirit knows His thoughts.
    • Believers receive God’s Spirit, not the world’s spirit, to understand God’s gifts.
  • Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:11-12

Spiritual Words for Spiritual Truths (1 Corinthians 2:13)

  • Description: The process of teaching spiritual truths through the Holy Spirit.
  • **Main Points:
  • Paul emphasizes using spiritual words given by the Holy Spirit rather than human wisdom.
  • This approach is about conveying spiritual truths in a manner that aligns with the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
  • Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:13

Limitations of the Natural Man (1 Corinthians 2:14)

  • Description: Discusses the limitations of the natural, unspiritual person in understanding God’s wisdom.
  • Main Points:
    • The natural person cannot grasp the things of the Spirit, perceiving them as foolish.
    • Spiritual truths require spiritual discernment, which the natural man lacks.
  • Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:14

Praying in the Spirit (Jude 20-21)

  • Description: The importance and effects of praying in the Holy Spirit.
  • Main Points:
    • Praying in the Spirit builds up faith and keeps believers in God’s love.
    • It enables believers to wait patiently for the mercy of Jesus Christ.
  • Scripture: Jude 20-21