Dr. Adrian Rogers
Would you take God's precious word and turn with me
please to First Corinthians chapter 2. I want to
speak to you today on the subject of knowing God.
Let's read the first five verses. "And I, brethren,
when I came to you came not with excellency of speech
or of wisdom," that is, I did come as an orator, I did
not come as a philosopher, "declaring unto you the
testimony of God. For I determined not to know
anything among you except Jesus Christ, and him
crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in
fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my
preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom,
but in demonstration of the spirit and of power, that
your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but
in the power of God."
One of the tragedies of the twentieth century is that
people come to church and learn about God but they do
not know God. You can know about God without knowing
God and if all you do is know about God, then indeed,
you're going to be lost, you're going to die, you're
going to perish. But if you know God, then you're
going to love God, because no one can truly know him
without loving him because God is love. And if you
love God you're going to trust God, because when you
see how much he loves you, how easy it will be for you
then to trust him. And when you trust him you're
going to obey him, for we cannot fully obey someone we
do not trust. And when we obey him we're going to be
blessed, for the Bible says "if you know these things,
happy are ye if you do them." "Trust and obey for
there's no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to
trust and obey." So, do you want to be blessed? Then
you have to obey. Do you want to obey? Then you have
to trust. Do you want to trust? Then you need to
love. Do you want to love? You need to know. You
need to know God.
Now, do you know him? Do you really down in your
hearts know God? What Paul is doing here in the
second chapter of First Corinthians is that he is
distinguishing between human wisdom and heavenly
wisdom. And that's what we're going to do in our
message today. We're going to talk a little bit about
the bankruptcy of human wisdom and then we're going to
talk a little bit about the blessedness of heavenly
wisdom because heavenly wisdom is knowing God and
knowing God intimately and knowing God personally.
Dear friend, it will be the difference between the
superficial and the supernatural.
Now, look with me here at the bankruptcy of human
wisdom. The apostle Paul in the first five verses
says "I didn't come as an orator and I didn't come as a
philosopher to you Corinthians," but he said "I came as
a preacher. And I came preaching Christ and him
crucified" and he said "the reason I did that is I did
not want your faith to be in the wisdom of man. I
wanted your faith to be in the power of God." You ...
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