1st Corinthians Chapter 2

In case you missed it, Chapter One’s Reflection is found here: Chapter One Reflection.

The Gospel tells the good news of Jesus. It is summed up in two short words: God loved.
God loved the world. Yet, instead of receiving that love, we (the world) rejected God and pursued our own way. That pursuit permanently separated people from God. Jesus was sent to heal the broken divide through his death and resurrection. So that whoever believes in Jesus would never again be separated from eternal love God.  

Thus, the way of life in Jesus is experienced and expressed in two phrases: love God; and love people. Sounds simple, right?

Why then is the way of Jesus so confusing, confounding and convoluted?

As 1st Corinthians continues, Paul peels back the confusions and false expectations we often place on God and states it quite simply… “I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ crucified.” (2:2) Sometimes our own false expectations on God keep us from experiencing the great love of God.

  • Have you ever lived under the pressure of false expectations? How did that feel?
  • Have you ever put some kind of expectation on God? If so, what expectation did you put on God?
  • How has that expectation hurt or helped your faith?

If you’re like me, there are times when I feel disappointed with God. I am most disappointed with God when I put God in a place that is very human. I shape God to be in my image, rather than living out the image of God I was created with. When I do that, my natural tendencies tend to define God. When I shape God in my image, under my expectations, God fails every time. My expectations of God are natural (not right).  Yet, God invites you and me to know something deeper than “natural”. Knowing God on His terms must happen through the Spirit.

Paul reminds us that we are best connected with God spiritually. Spiritual doesn’t mean flakey or flooky. As a matter of face, “spiritual” is the most real way to connect with God. The Bible tells us that God is Spirit and we must relate with God in spirit and truth (John 4:23-24). This spiritual connection only comes through faith on God invitation. Paul affirms this 1st Corinthians 2 writing, “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.” (2:14) The good news is that connection is available to all who would believe in Jesus.

  • What kinds of “natural” tendencies do you relate with God through?
  • Are these healthy or unhealthy tendencies? Are these tendencies right?
  • What do you think meeting God on His terms means?
  • Where do you feel the least qualified to represent God to others?

Do you believe this? How does 1st Corinthians Chapter 2 challenge your faith today? What do you think God is inviting you to as you read this?

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