March 20, 2011

No Eye Has Seen ...

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Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down,
that the mountains would tremble before You!
As when fire sets twigs ablaze
and causes water to boil,
come down to make Your name known to Your enemies
and cause the nations to quake before You!
For when You did awesome things that we did not expect,
You came down, and the mountains trembled before You.
Since ancient times no one has heard,
no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides You,
who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him.
You come to the help of those who gladly do right,
who remember Your ways.

Isaiah 64:1-5

When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom
as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.
For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling.
My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words,
but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power,
so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom,
but on God’s power.

We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature,
but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age,
who are coming to nothing.
No, we declare God’s wisdom,
a mystery that has been hidden
and that God destined for our glory before time began.
None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had,
they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
However, as it is written:

“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—
these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.

The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them?
In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
What we have received is not the spirit of the world,
but the Spirit who is from God,
so that we may understand what God has freely given us.
This is what we speak,
not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit,
explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.
The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God
but considers them foolishness,
and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.
The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things,
but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments,

“Who has known the mind of the Lord
so as to instruct him?”

But we have the mind of Christ.

1 Corinthians 2

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Anita Johnson said...

I got the chills when that photo opened on my screen coupled with one of my favorite verses..."What no eye has seen". Beautiful.

Adrienne in Ohio said...

I for one am longing to see what he has prepared.

Christina said...

Isn't it amazing that God does awesome things that we do not expect? Even though we know he is awesome and we know what he has done...he surpasses even that! What a wonderful God!

Tracey said...

I have been reading this passage for the last few weeks. Relying on the Spirit to discern and speak is what I am being challenged by these days.
And these photos are STUNNING. The colors....