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Revealed Things for a Reserved Remnant.

Revealed Things for a Reserved Remnant.

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" But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit : for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God."— 1 Cor. ii. 10.

" But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit : for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God."— 1 Cor. ii. 10.

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REVEALED THIGS FOR A RESERVED REMAT.BY THOMAS BRADBURY" But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit : for the Spiritsearcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God."— 1 Cor. ii. 10.THE statement of the text stands in striking contrast to thatof the previous verse. Last Sunday raoniing I endea-voured by the gi'ace and assistance of God the ever-blessedSpirit to direct your attention to the persons and their privilegesmentioned there, ** Them that love Him. The things whichGod hath prepared." It is my lot this morning to lay beforeyou something of the contrast contained in the text. It revealsthe utter impossibility for the human mind to grasp or under-stand Divine realities — ^the utter inability of the carnal mind toapprehend, hold, or retain spiritual verities. It will be ours thento notice that with which the text is contrasted.I. — The contrast to the text—" Eye hath not seen, norear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, thethings which God hath prepared for them that love Him."IT. — The revelation in the text — " But God hath re-vealed them unto us by His Spirit."IIL — The things revealed — ot simply which may be,but the things which are, and have been revealed to the heartsof the children of God by His blessed Spirit.I. — The contrast to the text — •* Eye hath not seen, norear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, thethings which God hath prepared for them that love Him."Here we have revealed the perfect inability, incompetency, andhelplessness of the creature to apprehend, grasp, or retain thethings of the Spirit of God. The carnal mind is utterly unableto lay hold upon spiritual verities. Mark I The natural eye
o. 115.— Pbici Oai Phrxt. ^^ tized by CiOOglC122 GROVE CHAPEL PULPIT.hath not seen. The natUVal ear hath not heard. The naturalheart hath never received " the things which God hath preparedfor them that love God."THE EYE is first presented to us in this statement of facts.When we consider this in connection with the persons writ-ten to, and the place where they dwelt, we wonder not atthe apostle quoting this portion of Divine prophecy in proof of human inability to understand Divine trath. The Corin-thians were an artistic, accomplished, and refined people,well-instructed in the arts and sciences. Architectural beautymet the eye on every hand. Grandeur and glory are seeneven now amid the ruins of the place. If the eye was socultivated and fastidious, we may well imagine what the prideof the heart would be without the constraining and restrainingpower of God the ever-blessed Spirit I But the apostle in thechapter before us points out the creature-humbling, Christ-exalting, and Spint-honouring tnith, that the revelation of God's mind and will to His people in Christ Jesus can only beby Himself, and that to His own nature (2 Peter i. 4) ; the newheart of his own bestowing (Ezek. xxxvi. 26) ; the under-standing given (1 John v. 20), which He implants in the heartsof elect vessels of mercy. We see this in the statement of theapostle in the 6th verse : " Howbeit we speak wisdom amongthem that are perfect : yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought : but we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom,which God ordained before the world unto our glory ; whichnone of the princes of this world knew ; for had they known it,they would not have crucified the Lord of glory." Thev hadno spiritual appetite, taste, or desire for the revelation oi Godin Christ Jesus. There was no beauty in a crucified Redeemerthat they should desire Him, and no charms in His Gospel thatthey should be drawn by it. The beauties of creation, but still
more, the artistic production of men's hands, met their gaze, andwith these their minds were wholly absorbed. Their whole soulwas centred in earthly and sensual things, and 1 may say,which is in strict accordance with the apostle's reasonmg, indevilish things. Let me ask. Which ancient city was so corruptand voluptuous as that of Corinth ? You know the meaning of the appellation, A Corinthian woman. A term expressive of thelowest specimen of poor fallen humanity, which will give yousome Uttle idea of the morality of a place which was so refined,so elegant, and so beautiful to the eye. But with all this mentaland intellectual cultivation the apostle says, "£ye /lath not seen.**The natural eye of man hath not seen the things which Godhath prepared for them that love Him.See hoAv this is set before us in many portions of God'sblessed Word. The Lord Jesus Christ speaking to Paul says :" But lise, and stand upon thy feet ; for I have appeared toDigitized by LjOOQ ICREVEALED THIGS FOR A RESERVED REMAT. 123thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witnessboth of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in thetehich I xeill appear unto thee : delivering thee from the people,and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, to opentheir eyeSy and to turn them from darkness to light, and from thepower of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faiththat is in Me." You see the eyes of their natural understandingwere perfectly blinded with ignorance, error, and enmity. AsPaul in 2 Cor. iiL 15 says of the Jews, so it is true of all man-kind: "the vail is upon their heart." The natural mind isblinded with pride, conceit, and ignorance. ay, still more ;with enmity against God, His Christ, His truth, and His people.There is no desire to see what He is pleased to reveal to Ilisown, either in the beauty of His person, the glory of His king-dom, or the riches of His grace. We now come to notice — 

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