Now Paul qualifies his statements a bit. He declares God's wisdom -- spiritual, divine wisdom -- in contrast to the wisdom of the philosophers which would pass away."6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 No, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory." (2:6-8)
Verse 7 describes this wisdom with two modifiers: "secret" and "hidden."
The Spirit Searches All Things (2:9-11)Now Paul quotes from Isaiah 64:4 to illustrate his point.
9 However, as it is written:
"No eye has seen,
no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him"--
10 but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit." (2:9-10a)
What hadn't been known by even the Old Testament prophets concerning the Messiah and the Church, for example, has now been made known in this era of the Holy Spirit, poured out at Pentecost.
Paul offers an image of the Holy Spirit going where no physical being could go -- probing, searching out, and knowing both God's mind and man's spirit. Nothing is hidden from the Holy Spirit. He knows God thoughts and yours too.
"10b The Spirit searches56 all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God." (2:10b-11)
Paul's point is that the sophistication of the world is nothing compared to the wisdom that God reveals through his Spirit to his children. As the Apostle John wrote:
"For the whole world-system, based as it is on men's primitive desires, their greedy ambitions and the glamour of all that they think splendid, is not derived from the Father at all, but from the world itself. The world and all its passionate desires will one day disappear. But the man who is following God's will is part of the permanent and cannot die." (1 John 2:16-17, J.B. Phillips)
We don't have to be ashamed of our lack of sophistication or erudition. We Christians have Someone vastly superior -- the Holy Spirit of God to teach us (John 16:12-15).