1 Corinthians 2. Forum Discussion

The Holy Spirit can shape our lives

Chapter 2 is a relatively short chapter with two main themes: Paul’s reliance on the Holy Spirit for his words, and the superiority of the Holy Spirit compared to the thoughts of man.

Not too long ago our forum talked about the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and how they are all the same. We asked, “How can they all be the same if they are 3 different things?”

Consider this, our Father will never tell us to go North and the Son to go South. They will never contradict one another because they are the same. In practical terms, if you believe the Holy Spirit is directing you to do something contrary to what the Bible teaches, listen to the Bible. If it disagrees with the Bible, it is not the Holy Spirit. Remember, the Holy Spirit will never disagree with the inspired Word of God because they are coming from the same source. Another way to look at this is that the Bible lets us read God’s word and the Holy Spirit lets us feel it.

In verse 3 Paul writes, “I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.”

There is a lot to this verse. As always, we should look to the scriptures for answers to our questions. Can we also receive the Holy Spirit? Will the Holy Spirit also guide our words, as they did Paul’s?

Here is some of what the scriptures say about the Holy Spirit:

Acts 2:38: “Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Luke 11:13: “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

Acts 1:8: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”

Romans 8:26: “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;”

Acts 1:5:  For John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

The Holy Spirit is our helper, and we obtain it through repentance and baptism (Acts 2:38). It is an amazing gift that God wants us to fully utilize for His glory.

In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he lets them know that he is not relying on his own words or wisdom, but the power of the Holy Spirit. In fact, Paul says that all he knew was Jesus Christ and His crucifixion.

The takeaway is that we should never let fear or self-doubt stop us from sharing our thoughts and feelings. God wants us to connect with those that He brings into our lives. The Spirit will guide our thoughts and our words if we let it.

Because God is love and the Holy Spirit is from God, when we rely more on the Spirit, our connections with people will grow stronger and our words will make a stronger connection.

Don’t sell the Holy Spirit short. Remember, the Holy Spirit is always in alignment with God, Jesus and the words of the Bible. God has provided the Holy Spirit because He knows that we need it. What would you rather have, the Spirit of God, or the wisdom of man to help you through life?

When we are humble enough to allow the Holy Spirit to shape our lives, we are pleasing God and becoming more like our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at 1 Corinthians 3. In tomorrow’s study we will focus on our role of planting seeds, allowing others to water those seeds, and trusting in God to provide the increase. May God’s blessings be upon you until then. Amen

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Please share any thoughts that you would like to on today's lesson.

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Michael
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The scripture from Luke 11:13 struck me today as I read it. "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?” We can, and I just did ask for God to bless me with the Holy Spirit to help guide my actions and my words. There is a sense of peace that you get when you are seeking answers from God and not the world.

The world might mess things up. God will not. Amen.

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Dan W

Yes--knowing that the Spirit does not contradict the Bible but actually inspired it and works through it to guide us is an important fact to help us evaluate our feelings and hunches. We often think emotionally, but thinking spiritually means we focus toward the Word of God.

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John

Relying on the Holy Spirit can take the pressure off of us to say something wise, or witty, or profound. By relying on the Spirit and not man, we can breath easy knowing that our priorities are right with God.

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Dan W
John

Agreed. Letting the Spirit speak through the Word rather is more powerful than all of our efforts, and is the safe way to handle the Sword correctly.

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John
Dan W

Appreciate your insights Brother!

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