who among men knows the thoughts of a
man except the spirit of the man which
is in him? Even so the thoughts of God
no one knows except the Spirit of God."
1 Corinthians 2:11
of us who have received the Spirit of
God actually tap into the Mind of God by
which we receive previously unknown
revelation. The Holy Spirit in our text
here is manifested as the Mind of God
which reveals His very thoughts to us
and gives us understanding far beyond
the capacity of our human mind.
Verse 9 is
often quoted to make a point that we
cannot know many of the things God has
in store for us, -"Things
which eye has not seen and ear has not
heard, and which have not entered the
heart of man, all that God has prepared
for those who love Him." But
Paul is quoting an Old Testament passage
here to show how different things are
under the dispensation of the Spirit.
dispensation of the Law we could not
know these things, but under the
dispensation of the Spirit they are
revealed to us. The next verse explains
to us God revealed them through the
Spirit; for the Spirit searches all
things, even the depths of God."
said this, and having received this
truth - this does not mean that we will
always know and understand what God is
doing in our life at the moment. David
was a man filled with the Spirit, yet in
his Psalms he often cried out to God for
answers for what was happening in his
embarked on his missionary journeys he
sometimes did not understand why God
allowed the trials and problems he
encountered. While preaching the Gospel
in Philippi he was arrested, beaten with
rods and thrown in jail. God had sent
him forth by sea and yet he was
shipwrecked three times and once spent
24 hours in the deep.
He had to
change his plans many times and suffered
hunger, thirst, exposure to cold
temperatures and had many sleepless
nights. In his own words he said that he
had been beaten more times than he could
count - yet his faith never wavered.
Paul trusted that everything which he
endured was necessary for the cause of
Christ and for his future glory, -"For
momentary, light affliction is producing
for us an eternal weight of glory far
beyond all comparison." (2 Cor.4)
Blessitt, who is known as the man who
carried a large wooded cross all around
the world has many testimonies of how
God worked during his mission. Times
when he was protected from harm, times
when God provided a need, and times when
he encountered trials which later proved
to be blessings.
happened to be carrying his cross
through Montreal when the Canadiens had
just won the Stanley Cup Championship.
The streets were full and Arthur was
standing on a little platform preaching
the love of Christ but no one was paying
him any attention amid the wild
parked his van miles away and planned to
take a taxi to it but he needed a place
to store his cross until morning. He
stopped at a large Church but they would
not allow him to keep it there, so he
began carrying it down the street.
African man recognized him and stopped
to pray a blessing. Then a little later
a midget woman stopped him to pray a
blessing. As she prayed Arthur heard God
her all your money."
later a 15 yr old atheist girl offered
the home of her family for the night.
The next morning he was awakened by her
smiling face. During the night she had
been drawn to the cross and decided to
sleep under it. In the night this
atheist was convicted by the Spirit and
received salvation. How mysterious and
wonderful are His ways?