-First Corinthians-Chapter Two-
Try to explain how bad something hurts to some one else. I mean really try to describe it. Have you ever clipped your fingernail too close to the skin and there is such a sharp and intense pain when it happens. I think everyone has some kind of connection to that specific pain. When I was about 9 years old I broke the bone that connects my shoulder to my elbow, the humerus bone. I broke it right in two and that was the worst physical pain I have ever felt in my life. Kids my age asked what it felt like and I still to this day can't quite describe it to someone who hasn't broken a bone like that. I think other people cannot truly understand specific kinds of pain unless they have experienced it for themselves because physical pain is completely subjective.
Paul brings up spiritual understanding in this chapter, another subjective yet relatable experience. In vs 11 Paul makes a simple statement, we cannot perceive another persons thoughts, only that person can. Then he parallels that to the Holy Spirit's perception of God's thoughts. Now because we have the Spirit it is like having the perception of someone else, in this case God, so that we can realize, comprehend and appreciate the divine favor and blessings He lavishly bestows on us. Let me just pause for a minute. That is a big pill to swallow. I have the Spirit of God IN me and through that I can understand Gods intentionality? This may be leave you with a raised eyebrow but consider verse 14. Paul is saying in section of this verse ... People who do not have God's Spirit cannot understand God's truths (this is my interpretation of the verse the bible reads differently look at it and study it). This isn't to be taken with a feeling of division, but rather taken as an experience one may have never been through themselves. If you are not someone who subscribes to this perspective and you see someone else nodding their head up and down at words like this, know the thought of having a spirit in them may bring a feeling to them that you may not be able to relate to. I would say to this person think of it like the physical pain I mentioned earlier. When it comes to having the Spirit in me I can only describe what this feels like in a basic description. When I feel the Spirit of God it feels similar to when I hear a part of a song that makes me get the shivers or goosebumps or whatever you call that feeling but in a spiritual sense. Can you relate to that? I marvel at the fact that we have been given the understanding of God but we ourselves cannot have the same understand of one another. That's what makes God great and unfathomable.