1 Thus when I came to you, my brothers, I did not come to proclaim to you God's secret purpose with any elaborate words or wisdom. 2 I determined among you to be ignorant of everything except Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ the crucified. 3 It was in weakness and fear and with great trembling that I visited you; 4 what I said, what I preached, did not rest on the plausible arguments of 'wisdom' but on the proof supplied by the Spirit and its power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on any human 'wisdom' but on the power of God.
6 We do discuss 'wisdom' with those who are mature; only it is not the wisdom of this world or of the dethroned Powers who rule this world, 7 it is the mysterious Wisdom of God that we discuss, that hidden wisdom which God decreed from all eternity for our glory. 8 None of the Powers of this world understands it (if they had, they would never have crucified the Lord of glory). 9 No, as it is written, what no eye has ever seen, what no ear has ever heard, what never entered the mind of man, God has prepared all that for those who love him.
10 And God has revealed it to us by the Spirit, for the Spirit fathoms everything, even the depths of God. 11 What human being can understand the thoughts of a man, except the man's own inner spirit? So too no one understands the thoughts of God, except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received the Spirit ??not the spirit of the world but the Spirit that comes from God, that we may understand what God bestows upon us. 13 And this is what we discuss, using language taught by no human wisdom but by the Spirit. We interpret what is spiritual in spiritual language. 14 The unspiritual man rejects these truths of the Spirit of God; to him they are 'sheer folly,' he cannot understand them. And the reason is, that they must be read with the spiritual eye. 15 The spiritual man, again, can read the meaning of everything; and yet no one can read what he is. 16 For who ever understood the thoughts of the Lord, so as to give him instruction? No one. Well, our thoughts are Christ's thoughts.