But ye have an unction from the Holy One
Illumination. But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
1st John 2: 20, 28.
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
But the natural man received not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judged all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ. 1st Corinthians 2:12-16.
1st Corinthians 2:10, begins with “for” which should prompt us to pause, ponder, and ask at least one 5W/H question “What is Paul explaining?” Is he not explaining how the eye can see and ear hear and mind can comprehend what God has prepared for him? This should prompt another question – “What has God prepared for him?”
In context, we observe that what “God has prepared for him” is not a reference to the glories to come in heaven, but to the glories, we can see today. In other words, Paul is not referring to the future but to the present and specifically to the glories to be revealed in the Word of Truth by the Spirit of Truth to those who depend on and yield to His teaching ministry.
William MacDonald: The quotation in 1st Corinthians 2:9 from Isaiah 64:4 is a prophecy that God had treasured up wonderful truths which could not be discovered by the natural senses but which in due time He would reveal to those who love Him. Three faculties eye, ear, and heart, or mind by which we learn earthly things, are listed, but these are not sufficient for the reception of divine truths, for there the Spirit of God is necessary.
This verse is commonly interpreted to refer to the glories of heaven, and once we get that meaning in our minds, it is difficult to dislodge it and accept any other meaning.
But Paul is really speaking here about the truths that have been revealed for the first time in the New Testament. Men could never have arrived at these truths through scientific investigations or philosophical inquiries. The human mind left to itself could never discover the wonderful mysteries which were made known at the beginning of the gospel era. Human reason is totally inadequate to find the truth of God.
Believer’s Bible Commentary.
God’s truth is not discoverable by eye or ear objective, empirical evidence, nor is it discovered by the mind subjective, rational conclusions.”
In other words, spiritual truth God’s Word is not understood merely because it is seen or heard Bible on tape, or even because one uses his natural mind to think about it.
Consider the so-called “higher critics” who do a great deal of thinking about the Word but have absolutely no understanding of its intrinsic truth, the truth God’s Spirit intended to convey. And so, Paul explains that for these glories of truth in God’s Word to be seen by the eye of our heart, we must yield ourselves in complete dependence to our indwelling resident Teacher, the Holy Spirit.