“7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, 8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’ 10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.”
The mystery of God, the hidden wisdom of God ordained before the ages for our glory is centered on Jesus Christ. All of the promises and wisdom of God is given to us in Christ. We have become new creations, the workmanship of Almighty God to be sons and daughters of the Most High. Who has poured out His Spirit into our mortal forms to be His Temple forever. Our mortal bodies may be weak and corrupted presently, but one day our bodies will be changed to be like Christ’s. We will be born in strength, incorruptible, and immortal. God will be glorifed in His vessels of mercy and grace, and the fullness of His indwelling will shine brighter than all the stars of the Heavens. We will walk with Him externally and walk with Him internally forever. All of the promises will be fulfilled in His people. No one has ever conceived of all that God has prepared for us. We will completely know God on that day, and all remaining mysteries and hidden things of God will be clearly revealed.
“14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
The natural man can never receive or know the deep things of God. Unfortunately, the sinfulness of man in rejecting God has blinded him. Natural men are dead spiritually and can never understand. And because they can’t understand they think the things of God are foolishness. Passages like this is what brings in the topic of the inability of man when it comes to the things of God. Natural men are blind, deaf, and mute when it comes to spirtual knowledge, and they can’t respond to spiritual things because they are spiritually dead. That was part of the truth of the Fall of Man. When Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden tree they died immediately spiritually. Of course, they did die physically later. We are spirit, soul, and body. God’s pronoucement of death for disobedience smites all aspects of our being.
Even Christians do not know everything there is to know about spiritual things yet. One day we will know, but it pleases God to teach us through our lives. The Spirit illuminates the Word to us and teaches us. He also teaches us through our life experiences. The difference for us is that God has given us eyes to see and ears to hear. He has opened our minds to receive the things of the Spirit, and He has given us the ability to understand. We see the truth of Christ, and we understand that truth.
We perceive the truth as God wants us to perceive it. We perceive Christ as the beauitful plan of God, a sweet aroma of life. The natural man perceives Christ as death leading to death (2 Corinthians 2:16). They perceive it that way because they are dead, and Christ is death to their way of life. And even though they know they are wrong for what they choose and want, knowing the judgment of God against such things, they still reject Christ and the truth of God. (Romans 1:32).