Faith In First Corinthians, Part 4: 1 Corinthians 2:6 – 8: God’s Hidden Wisdom Kept Secret Provides Salvation to Mankind while Condemning Satan & His Fallen Angels:Volume 5, Number 45
Created Date: August 18, 2022
Posted Date: August 18, 2022
The past few studies have focused on several (paraphrased) verses teaching that:
• The preaching of the cross is foolishness to them that perish; but to those who believe it is the power of God,;
• The wisdom of man is of the world (Greek word kosmos G2889) by which man cannot know God, but it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”;
• The foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men,;
• God hath chosen the foolish things of the world (kosmos) to confound the wise; and weak things of the world (kosmos) to confound the things which are mighty;”.
Note the Greek word “Kosmos” occurs three times in these verses. It refers to “the world, the earth, the human family.” We get our English word “cosmos” from it, which the English dictionary defines as “an orderly harmonious systematic universe and a complex orderly self-inclusive system.”
Another Greek word, “aion” (G165) is also translated “world” in the New Testament (NT), however it is most frequently translated with our English word “ever,” as in: “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever (aion) and ever (aion). Amen.”. The Apostle John uses “aion” to describe the endless eternity following time: “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever (aion) and ever (aion).” . “And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever (aion) and ever (aion).” . “Aion” is defined as “a period of time, age, forever, an unbroken age, perpetuity of time, eternity.”
Whereas man’s wisdom is described in the realm of this world “Kosmos,” quoted above, the wisdom of Satan and his demons are described in the realm of this world “aion” in. “Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world (aion), nor of the princes of this world (aion), that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom of God , which God ordained before the world (aion) unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world (aion) knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” 1 Corinthians 2:6 - 8. Note the Greek word “aion,” translated “world” is found 4 times in 1 Corinthians 2:6 - 8, which addresses the following elements:
• Them that are perfect in verse 6;
Them that are perfect refers to believers during this age of Grace, as we learn from: “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.”
• The “princes of this world (i.e., age - aion);
The word “princes” is from the Greek “archon” (G758) found 38 times in the NT, translated variously “rulers, chief, magistrate, etc.” In many passages it refers to Jewish leaders and sometimes to Gentile leaders and Satan and his fallen angels. However, Satan is also referred to as the prince of this world (kosmos) in bothand where Christ said he will be judged and cast out. And he is referred to as the prince (archon) of the power of the air: “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world (kosmos), according to the prince (archon) of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:” . (As a side note, the Greek word translated “power” here is not “dunamis” (G1411), which describes God’s “unlimited power,” see & . Here, the word “power” attributed to Satan is from the Greek “exousia” (G1849), which means “the ability of strength with which one is endued, which he either possesses or exercises, etc.,” see also .)
The Greek word translated “air” is “aer” (G109) found 7 times in the NT, defined as “air, particularly the lower and denser air as distinguished from the higher and rarer air; the atmospheric region, etc.” It is the air (Greek “aer”) into which believers of this age who are alive and remain will be caught up, along with those who have died, to meet the Lord in what is called “the Rapture,”. The last time “aer” occurs in the NT is in involving the last of the seven terrible bowl Judgements: “And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.”
Thus, Satan is not only the prince of this world (kosmos), but he is also the prince of the power of the air (aer) and as part of the “princes (archon) of this world (age - aion) in our text, 1 Corinthians 2:6 - 8. “Princes” refers to Satan and the angels who fell with him and do his bidding as in: “Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities (Greek Arche, G746), against powers (Greek “exousia” G1849), against the rulers (Greek “kosmokrator” G2888 - Satan and his demons) of the darkness of this world, (aion, G165) against spiritual wickedness in high places (Greek “epouranios” G2032 - existing in heaven).” Satan is still in heaven at this time but he is not omniscient nor is he omnipresent. He directs the actions of his subordinate fallen angles, thus he and his demons are the princes of this world (age - aion). Under Satan’s direction Satan they influence sinful mankind as quoted earlier: “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince (archon) of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:” Ephesians 2:2.
• The “mystery,” the “hidden:”
Refers to God’s secret that He hid from before the beginning of the world: “For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages (Greek “genea” G1074, “the successive members of a genealogy, etc.”) was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;”. The Greek word translated mystery is “musterion” (G3466), which is derived from a word meaning “shut the mouth,” meaning “secret.”
emphasizes not only the fact that the Gospel he preached was a mystery, i.e., a secret, but it was hidden (from the Greek “apokrupto” G613, see for the first time this word is found) and God ordained or predestinated this before the world (aion) unto our (the believer’s) glory.
At some point in eternity past, a beautiful, magnificent being created by God, who we know as Satan, held a special, exalted position in heaven, but his heart was lifted up because of his beauty, and his wisdom was corrupted because of his brightness, and he sinned against God,. God is totally righteous in all His ways, so He did not arbitrarily destroy Satan. But He had a plan to justly judge and condemn Satan that He had to keep secret in order to carry it out: “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power (Greek “kratos” G2904, “force, strength, etc.”) of death, that is, the devil;” . Satan’s “power of death” refers to his beguiling Eve in the garden and Adam following her in disobedience to God. Remember, it was God Who told Adam he would die if he ate of the forbidden fruit, so Adam and all mankind suffered death because God had said so. Satan’s deception merely facilitated mankind’s death.
God’s wisdom is far superior to Satan and his followers, for if they had known the death of Jesus Christ would seal their fate, they would not have moved the children of unbelief, the leaders of Israel and the Romans to crucify Christ. And while Christ’s death, burial and resurrection sealed their fate, it also provided salvation to any man or woman who believes the Gospel revealed to Paul,. Amazingly, the preaching of the Gospel is foolishness to the vast majority of mankind as they, in the wisdom of this world follow the many religions Satan has promulgated down through the ages.