The Mystery Known Only by the Spirit (Sat. Sept 10)

The word of the day is “mystery.” Are there things that only believers understand? Is there wisdom that only those who are “mature” in Christ have? In today’s reading of 1 Corinthians 2:6-9, Paul answers, “Yes.” He writes “We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory” (OSB vs. 7). Today, we will consider the hidden wisdom of God and how it either confounds us or teaches us. In today’s passage, Paul seems to be talking nonsense. How can he, a human being, claim to talk about the divine wisdom hidden in the mind of God? How can he maintain that he has insight into what God has ordained before the ages?…

The Mystery Known Only by the Spirit (Sat. Sept 18)

The word of the day is “mystery.”  Are there things that only believers understand?  Is there wisdom that only those who are “mature” in Christ have?  In today’s reading of 1 Corinthians 2:6-9, Paul answers, “Yes.”  He writes “We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory” (OSB vs. 7).  Today, we will consider the hidden wisdom of God and how it either confounds us or teaches us. In today’s passage, Paul seems to be talking nonsense.  How can he, a human being, claim to talk about the divine wisdom hidden in the mind of God?  How can he maintain that he has insight into what God has…