Spiritual Truth

spiritual truthNow 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. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit,interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. (1 Corinthians 2:12-13)

Someone recently helped me see something in this passage that I had never noticed before. Near the end of verse 13, the Greek text has three different versions of the same word, one after another. When we read, “taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual,” what it literally says is “spirit, spiritual things, with spiritual.”

What Paul is saying is that his words are not like the world’s teaching. In normal, worldly teaching, words are used to impart knowledge. In Scripture, however, the Holy Spirit imparts spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. It’s not just words alone. That’s why those who don’t know God can’t understand much of what we believe. It makes no sense to them because they’re not born of the Spirit. Without “the Spirit interpreting spiritual truths” they can’t comprehend it.

But for us this means that more than just teaching and more than just reading Scripture, we should be praying that God would indeed spiritually impart His truth into us and others by His Spirit through His Word.

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