1Now when I came to you, brothers, I did not come with any brilliance of oratory or wise argument toannounce to you the mystery of God. 2I was resolved that the only knowledge I would have while I was with you was knowledge of Jesus, andof him as the crucified Christ. 3I came among you in weakness, in fear and great trembling 4and what I spoke and proclaimed was not meant to convince by philosophical argument, but todemonstrate the convincing power of the Spirit, 5so that your faith should depend not on human wisdom but on the power of God. 6But stil , to those who have reached maturity, we do talk of a wisdom, not, it is true, a philosophy of thisage or of the rulers of this age, who will not last long now. 7It is of the mysterious wisdom of God that we talk, the wisdom that was hidden, which God predestinedto be for our glory before the ages began. 8None of the rulers of the age recognised it; for if they had recognised it, they would not have crucifiedthe Lord of glory; 9but it is as scripture says: What no eye has seen and no ear has heard, what the mind of man cannotvisualise; al that God has prepared for those who love him;10to us, though, God has given revelation through the Spirit, for the Spirit explores the depths ofeverything, even the depths of God. 11After al , is there anyone who knows the qualities of anyone except his own spirit, within him; and inthe same way, nobody knows the qualities of God except the Spirit of God. 12Now, the Spirit we have received is not the spirit of the world but God's own Spirit, so that we mayunderstand the lavish gifts God has given us. 13And these are what we speak of, not in the terms learnt from human philosophy, but in terms learntfrom the Spirit, fitting spiritual language to spiritual things. 14The natural person has no room for the gifts of God's Spirit; to him they are folly; he cannot recognisethem, because their value can be assessed only in the Spirit. 15The spiritual person, on the other hand, can assess the value of everything, and that person's valuecannot be assessed by anybody else. 16For: who has ever known the mind of the Lord? Who has ever been his adviser? But we are thosewho have the mind of Christ.
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