By Samantha Chambo
We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us (2:12)
This section reminds me of the times I went to see a 3 D movie. It would normally start with some trailers and then, at some point we would receive the instruction to put on our 3 D glasses so we can enjoy the rest of the show. I believe this is what Paul is doing in this part of his introduction in the letter of Corinthians. He giving us is the right mind set and heart attitude to shed light on all the things he is about to address. He stresses the importance of judging by the Holy Spirit rather than the worldly wisdom.
Paul had to speak about many things pertaining the daily life of the church in this letter. He had to talk about the relationship of believers to God and to other human beings, believers as well as the unbelievers. He had to talk about matters of communal living and worship and the correct attitude as far as social status is concerned. He had to address issues of appropriate conduct for believers. Paul wanted to make sure they received all his directions in the correct attitude and spirit.
Believers had to remember that they had the Holy Spirit to help them understand the revelation of Jesus Christ and his death on the cross and also it’s implications to their daily lives. The mystery of God is revealed to them by the Spirit (2:10), they understand by the Spirit (2:12), They speak spiritual words by the Spirit (2:13), they judge all things by the Spirit (2:15), as a matter of fact; they have the mind of Christ (2:16).
This is challenging because it takes intentionality to live your everyday life by the Holy Spirit.
Think About it
How often do you defer to the Holy Spirit during your normal daily routine?
Pass every thought, judgement and action by the Holy Spirit before proceeding.
Father I know that I cannot understand your will apart from your Spirit (2:14). Please help me to live by your Spirit everyday of my life. Amen
 Schenck, K. (2006). 1 & 2 Corinthians: a commentary for Bible students (p. 55). Indianapolis, IN: Wesleyan Publishing House.