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The Scofield Bible Commentary, by Cyrus Ingerson Scofield, [1917], at

1 Corinthians Chapter 2

1 Corinthians 2:6

co1 2:6


That is, full grown.

(See Scofield) - (Mat 5:48).

1 Corinthians 2:7

co1 2:7


(See Scofield) - (Mat 13:11).


Predestination, translated, predestinated, (Rom 8:29); (Rom 8:30); (Eph 1:5); (Eph 1:11); (Act 4:28).


Foreordained before the ages.

See margin reference, (See Scofield) - (Rom 16:25).

1 Corinthians 2:12

co1 2:12


Greek, "kosmos", means "world-system". (Co1 7:31); (Co1 7:33); (Joh 7:7).

(See Scofield) - (Rev 13:8).

1 Corinthians 2:13

co1 2:13


(1) The writers of Scripture invariably affirm, where the subject is mentioned by them at all, that the words of their writings are divinely taught. This, of necessity, refers to the original documents, not to translations and versions; but the labours of competent scholars have brought our English versions to a degree of perfection so remarkable that we may confidently rest upon them as authoritative.

(2) (Co1 2:9-14) gives the process by which a truth passes from the mind of God to the minds of His people.

(a) The unseen things of God are undiscoverable by the natural man (Co1 2:9).

(b) These unseen things God has revealed to chosen men (Co1 2:10-12).

(c) The revealed things are communicated in Spirit-taught words (Co1 2:13). This implies neither mechanical dictation nor the effacement of the writer's personality, but only that the Spirit infallibly guides in the choice of words from the writer's own vocabulary (Co1 2:13).

(d) These Spirit-taught words, in which the revelation has been expressed, are discerned, as to their true spiritual content, only by the spiritual among believers; (Co1 2:15); (Co1 2:16);

(See Scofield) - (Rev 22:19).

1 Corinthians 2:14

co1 2:14

natural man

Paul divides men into three classes:

Greek, "psuchikos", meaning "of the senses" (Jam 3:15); (Jde 1:19) or "natural," that is, the Adamic man, unrenewed through the new birth (Joh 3:3); (Joh 3:5).

Greek, "pneumatikos", meaning "spiritual," that is, the renewed man as Spirit-filled and walking in the Spirit in full communion with God (Eph 5:18-20); and

Greek, "sarkikos", meaning "carnal," "fleshly," that is, the renewed man who, walking "after the flesh," remains a babe in Christ (Co1 3:1-4).

The "natural" man may be learned, gentle, eloquent, fascinating, but the "spiritual" content of Scripture is absolutely hidden from him; and the "fleshly", or "carnal", Christian is able to comprehend only its simplest truths, "milk" (Co1 3:2).

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