We do know what God has prepared for us – read 1 Cor. 2:10!
My father received the precious gift of the Holy Ghost through obedience to Acts 2:38 in 1925 at the age of 15. God put in my father a love for the Word of God from the time of his new birth. He sat at the feet of Bishop G.T. Haywood in his teen years feasting on God’s Word. My family was attending Christ Temple Church founded by Bishop Haywood when I was born in 1946 in Indianapolis, IN.
Through this foundation of the Word, my father (Rev. Raymond G. Theobald 1910 – 1995) was involved in a teaching/preaching ministry and the study of God’s Word his entire 85 years of life. One thing he taught me about God’s Word was to always study the whole passage of scripture before extracting one verse.
The following passage is one that I hear over and over by many preachers as they extract one verse and not read before it or after it. The scripture that is taken out of context and a whole message built around it is 1 Corinthians 2:9 – “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” The preacher stops there and builds a message saying there is no way we can know what God has prepared for us. But they should read first ten!!!! “10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.”
Through the baptism of the Holy Ghost and the power of God’s Word, we can know the deep things of God! Read the whole passage – please do not extract one verse and build a message on an untrue foundation. In fact, the ninth verse was a quote out of the Old Testament – Isaiah 64:4. The prophet of old did not have the spiritual knowledge of what was coming. Paul’s message was giving the church hope that we do now know what God has prepared for us! Please read the entire passage below:
1 Corinthians 2
6 “However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, 8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 But as it is written:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”[c]
10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy[d] Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?”[e] But we have the mind of Christ.”
Do you see? God has revealed the deep things of God to us through His Spirit! In addition, verse 16 ends with – “But we have the mind of Christ!” When you study Revelations 19 – 22, we do know what God has prepared for us if we are willing to be followers of God and be holy as He is holy!
The purpose of The Bride is to glorify God in our body and spirit – 1 Cor. 6:18 – 20. We are to do all we do to the best of our ability to the glory of God! Our promise is the imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ in the air to transform us from mortal to immortal beings to live in heaven with the King of Kings f o r e v e r to rule and reign with Him f o r e v e r!!!!!!
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