The unspiritual self, just as it is by nature, can’t receive the gifts of God’s Spirit. There’s no capacity for them. They seem like so much silliness. Spirit can be known only by spirit—God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion. Spiritually alive, we have access to everything God’s Spirit is doing, and can’t be judged by unspiritual critics. Isaiah’s question, “Is there anyone around who knows God’s Spirit, anyone who knows what he is doing?” has been answered: Christ knows, and we have Christ’s Spirit. * * *
1 Corinthians 2:14
Did Jesus have a job?
Youth for Christ
Jesus Christ Accomplished the Work His Father Had Sent Him to Earth to Accomplish:
1. He died on the cross. This is the fundamental theme of the Gospel:
A. The fact of His death: One-fourth of the material in the four gospels relates to Christ’s death and resurrection:
(1) The cross was the purpose for which He came into the world (John 12:27).
(2) His death was prophesied hundreds of years before He came (Isaiah 53:3–8).
B. The meaning of His death:
(1) It was a ransom for sin (Matthew 20:28; Romans 3:24; 1 Peter 1:18).
(2) It was to pay the penalty for sin (Romans 3:24; 1 John 2:2; 4:10). Mankind is the object of God’s wrath because of rebellion and sin, but God took the initiative in satisfying His wrath by sending His own Son to Calvary.
(3) It is a reconciliation. Because of Christ’s death, the enmity between us and God has ended (Romans 5:10) and we are restored to fellowship with God (2 Corinthians 5:18–19).
(4) It is a substitution: He died in our place (2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 3:18).
(5) In summary, the problem of sin has been completely dealt with by Christ’s death (Hebrews 9:26; 10:12; 1 Peter 2:24).
2. He was resurrected from the dead: This event was unique in human history and is fundamental to Christianity:
A. The reality of the Resurrection (John 20:1–10; 1 Corinthians 15:4). B. The credibility of the Resurrection:
(1) Jesus predicted it (Matthew 20:18–19; Luke 24:1–7).
(2) The tomb was empty (John 20:11–13).
(3) Many witnesses saw Him alive: the women (Luke 23:55–56); Mary Magdalene (John 20:1–2, 11–18); Peter and the other disciples (John 20:3–9, 19–20, 24–31; 21:1–14).