1 Corinthians 2:8-10 (NKJV)
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.”[a]
10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
These verses tell us of two things in our relationship to God. The first is that spiritual knowledge cannot be obtained through human effort. It was impossible for the rulers of that age to know who Jesus really was unless God told them.. Spiritual knowledge is only revealed through God the Holy Spirit. As the scripture says, if these rulers had been given that knowledge they never would have crucified Him! However the rulers being ignorant of this was part of the Father’s plan to offer salvation through His Son.
The second thing that these verses tell us is that what God wants to offer us is conditional not only on our obeying Him but on our loving Him. Think about this: God being all powerful, can make satan obey Him, but the devil will never love Him. To receive what God wants to give us, eternal life with Him in the kingdom, then obedience is not enough. We must love Him.
In His love and service,
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