But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— (1 Corinthians 2:9 ESV)
You may not remember this but the verses I am blogging about are daily verses that are found in the brown, roughish devotional that my friend gave me a few weeks ago. I opened it up this morning and saw 1 Corinthians 2:9. I grabbed my electronic Bible and copied the verse into the app I write my blog from. I stared at the verse for a moment, then opened back up the Bible and read the verse again. I saw that the verse is a quotation from the book of Isaiah and clicked back to read it in context there. Pondered again for a moment then went back to 1 Corinthians and read chapter 2. More bewilderment in the mind, so I went downstairs and grabbed a paper Bible from my shelf and began diagramming chapter 2. I am fairly sure that the writer of the devotion had quoted this verse because it appears on the surface to be referring to a future time in heaven when God will show us the things he has prepared for those who love him. These things are unable to be comprehended now because “no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor heart of man imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” The verse is not speaking about that though, it is speaking about other things that are fully available to us now.
The things that God has prepared for those who love him is the secret and hidden wisdom of God (2:7), that is imparted to those who are mature (2:6), those who can handle solid food (3:2). This wisdom has come to the apostles (2:10, 2:13), and they impart that wisdom in words taught by the Spirit of God through spiritual truths. The wisdom and truth revealed to the apostles was not revealed to previous rulers of the age (2:8). If it would have been revealed to them, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory (2:8). We can see and hear and imagine the things God has prepared if we accept the things of the Spirit of God (2:14). These things are foolish to those who do not have the Spirit of God. But those who have the Spirit of God, have the mind of Christ (2:16) written down for them through the truthful words (2:13) of Scripture.