I Corinthians 2:8 They Would Not Have Crucified the Lord

I Corinthians 2:8 They Would Not Have Crucified the Lord

I CORINTHIANS 2:1-10

1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 3 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. 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.”

10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.

Let us first make sure we understand the meaning of these verses before moving forward. Basically, Paul is declaring that if the rulers of this age had known the power that would be given to us, they would not have crucified the Lord. The rulers of the age are the demonic forces that believed by removing Jesus from the scene, they were ending His power over them. What they did not realize was that He would not only rise again, but would lead captivity captive and give gifts to men. Ephesians 4:8 Therefore He says: “ When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.” There was not just the failure to get rid of Jesus, but resurrection resulted in the birth of many offspring. In John’s Gospel, Jesus refers to the Paraclete (Greek= parakletos). This is a reference to the Holy Spirit as intercessor, advocate, or legal assistant. Point being, as the followers and imitators (Ephesians 5:1) of Jesus possessing the Holy Spirit, just as He claimed authority over demonic forces you claim authority. They have to obey you just like they obeyed Him. (Luke 10:18-20, Mark 16:17-10, Acts 19:11-12).

It is, perhaps, difficult when reading verses like these to allow their meaning to settle into your mind. If the rulers of this age had known they would not have crucified the Lord. It may be hard to place such value on yourself. You may very well struggle with the concept, but Jesus did not. He was not thinking of someone else either. He had you in mind when He inspired Paul to pen this truth. Out of all of the prophecy that had to come to pass, understand this fact: There had to be the blinding of all of Hell so that they would not realize your potential.

What do you think about all of this? Man, I cannot wait to have fun with you on this one.

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