1 Corinthians 2:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Corinthians 2:10, NIV: "these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God."

1 Corinthians 2:10, ESV: "these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God."

1 Corinthians 2:10, KJV: "But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God."

1 Corinthians 2:10, NASB: "For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God."

1 Corinthians 2:10, NLT: "But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God's deep secrets."

1 Corinthians 2:10, CSB: "Now God has revealed these things to us by the Spirit, since the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God."

What does 1 Corinthians 2:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Before the foundation of the world, God planned to bring believers into a relationship with Himself based on love. That relationship would only be possible, however, by the death of His Son on the cross to pay for our sin.

These secrets of God's wisdom could not be worked out by human wisdom, Paul has written. They must be revealed to humans to be understood and believed by us. How could we possibly believe such a thing, though, even if it is true?

Paul now turns to the means God uses to allow us to come to faith in Him. It's not a mechanical process, though. It's a person, whom Paul will describe as the Spirit of God. God reveals the truthfulness of these things to us through His Spirit, making it possible for us to believe something we cannot observe with our own physical senses. Evidence can lead us towards God (Psalm 19:1, Romans 1:18–23), but only faith and the Spirit can lead us to accept God (Matthew 7:7–8; John 4:44).

How does the Spirit Himself know these things? Paul describes the Spirit as being in constant search mode, searching even the depths of God. The Spirit bridges the communication gap between ourselves and God. He searches and understands what is spiritual and makes it possible for us to perceive it.

Of course, the Spirit is God, just as Jesus the Son is God. Though three persons with separate roles, they are one God. We call this the Trinity.