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7 “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, 8which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”

 

 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery,

The word “mystery” means a truth not hitherto revealed. The Greek word does not mean “spooky,” puzzling, or mysterious. It is truth infinitely higher than a man can attain by his finite faculties.

the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory

God’s wisdom is emphatically superior to the puny brain of man. God’s wisdom is prior to creation – “ordained before the ages.” God’s wisdom antedates creation. There was no place for input from man. God hid His wisdom in eternity past. God’s wisdom was no afterthought, nor is it contingent on circumstance.

“Our glory” is our future glory in heaven. We will enter into a state of blessedness. God will glorify our body and soul. Our body will have no defect; our soul will be completely set apart unto God without sin.

which none of the rulers of this age knew;

Leaders at the time of Christ did not know the glory of the Christ come in the flesh. Pilot, Herod, religious leaders, and the Sanhedrin all failed to recognize the glory that was in Christ at His coming. 

for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

The phrase “Lord of glory” refers to the deity of Christ; He, in every respect, is almighty God.

PRINCIPLE:

Each age has its own philosophical conceit that does not recognize eternal truth.

APPLICATION:

Philosophy of every age swings from one philosophical perspective to another. The pendulum never rests on objective truth, absolute truth, eternal truth. We cannot know eternal truth by natural process. God’s truth is undiscoverable, apart from divine inspiration. The only way we can know with certainty that an idea is true is to know what God says in the Bible.

At the heart of God’s truth is the crucified Lamb of God. The gospel is God’s wisdom. It is His wisdom from eternity past.

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