I know a secret. Most times I forget that I have privileged “insiders” knowledge because most of the people I hang with do too. Nevertheless, I reminded this morning that I know a secret.
It’s an ancient secret, hidden wisdom decreed before the ages. Not ordered by men of intellect or power, but a secret sourced in God Himself. Something beyond understanding. No eye able to have seen, no ear fine-tuned enough to hear, no heart of man creative enough to have imagined, “what God has prepared for those who love Him.” It was a secret formed long before any of us arrived on the scene. And I know the secret.
I know it not because I’m particularly bright or spiritually savvy. Not because I’ve climbed mountains in search of truth or was even particularly open to truth beyond the truth I felt was good enough for me. No, I know the secret because God chose to reveal it. I know the secret because of an encounter of the divine kind–one that continues to this day, one that I so often take for granted.
For who knows a persons thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now 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.
(1Corinthians 2:11-12 ESV)
I’m chewing on 1Corinthians 2 this morning. Amazing, really!
God has brought me into His confidence, having revealed things beyond what I could ever have conceived of on my own. Hidden wisdom made known. An unimaginable mystery disclosed. The revelation of “the things freely given us by God” through “Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (2:2).
And all this through the Spirit. God Himself, third member of the Trinity, the One who “searches everything, even the depths of God” (2:10). And knowing all that the Father has determined, understanding fully the implications of the Son’s finished work on the cross, the Spirit visits us and allows us to know it, at least in some measure, too.
The problem of man’s unholy propensity, and the good news of a righteousness by faith. Awareness of our bondage to sin and death, and an awakening to the redemption and reconciliation through a Mediator. An understanding of what it means to be created in the image of God and what it can look like to be conformed to the likeness of His Son. An abiding sense that this world is not our home and a tangible longing for a place being prepared for us. Even amid the trials, testings, and struggles of the life, an eye to the future with “strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow . . . Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!” (Thomas Chisholm, Great Is Thy Faithfulness)
And how do we know all this? The Spirit. That we know these things should be a continual reminder of the presence of God and of His active agency in our lives. The old, old story . . . the “pat answers” . . . the Christian-ese cliches . . . all that which is so familiar and can seem so common place, testimony to the spiritual dynamic we are apart of.
. . . these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit.
(1Corinthians 2:10 ESV)
I know a secret. And, if you know Christ, you do too? And that, through an ever present interaction with the Spirit of God. How mind-blowing is that?
Because of grace! For His glory!