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13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the holy spirit teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

It is of importance that Paul's authority and reliability be realised.‭ ‬God bare him witness-it is upon this that our assurance concerning the infallibility of his teaching may rest.‭ ‬To question Paul is to insult God.‭ ‬This is involved in the apostle's claims:‭-

‭"‬We speak not in words which man's wisdom teacheth,‭ ‬but which the holy spirit teacheth‭ (‬1‭ ‬Cor. ii.13.‭)-"‬I command,‭ ‬yet not I,‭ ‬but the Lord‭" (‬1‭ ‬Cor.‭ vii.‬10.‭)-"‬If any man think himself to be a prophet,‭ ‬or spiritual,‭ ‬let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord‭" (‬1‭ ‬Cor.‭ xiv. ‬37.‭)-"‬As God is true,‭ ‬our word was not yea and nay‭" (‬2‭ ‬Cor.‭ i. ‬18‭)

‭-"‬We are not as many,‭ ‬which corrupt the word of God:‭ ‬but as of sincerity,‭ ‬but as of God,‭ ‬in the sight of God speak we in Christ‭" (‬2‭ ‬Cor.‭ ii. ‬17‭)-"‬For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority,‭ ‬which the Lord hath given us for edification,‭ ‬and not for your destruction,‭ ‬I should not be ashamed‭" (‬2‭ ‬Cor.‭ x. ‬8‭)-"‬If I come again,‭ ‬I will not spare since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me‭" (‬2‭ ‬Cor.‭ xiii. ‬3‭)

‭-"‬Now the things which I write unto you,‭ ‬behold before God,‭ ‬I lie not‭" (‬Gal.‭ i. ‬20‭)-"‬Stand fast,‭ ‬and hold the traditions which ye have been taught,‭ ‬whether by word,‭ ‬or our epistle‭" (‬2‭ ‬Thes.‭ ii. ‬15.‭)

What unspeakable comfort springs from the fact that we have such a guide‭! ‬How assuring for poor,‭ ‬hesitating,‭ ‬fallible man‭! ‬Paul's writings may be received with the simplicity of a child-without reservation and question.

‭ ‬What a contrast between these writings and the productions of ordinary men‭! - ATJ

‭The Christadelphian, Feb 1887. p66

16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

God's ways are not man's ways. They are usually the very OPPOSITE of man's ways. To the eyes of man's wisdom they are incomprehensible foolishness. The mind of the flesh cannot understand them.

Do we have the mind of the flesh, or the mind of the Spirit?

Do we think naturally and animally according to "common sense," as all the world does, or do we perceive the utter falseness of all natural thoughts?

Bro Growcott - 'In Labours more Abundant'.