The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible1 Corinthians 2:7
But we speak the wisdom of God…
Not of men, not of the
wise politicians, the learned philosophers and Rabbins; that which
human wisdom has no hand in forming, nor in revealing, nor in
propagating, and which is disliked and disapproved of by it: the Gospel
is the sole produce of divine wisdom, and in which there is a glorious
display of it; even in those doctrines which are the most charged with
folly, as salvation by a crucified Christ, justification by his
righteousness, pardon by his blood, satisfaction by his sacrifice…
in a mystery;
it is mysterious wisdom. The Gospel is full of
mysteries; there is the mystery of God, of a trinity of persons in
the divine essence; the mystery of Christ, of his person, as God
manifest in the flesh, of his divine sonship, and incarnation in the
womb of a virgin; the mystery of the Spirit's grace in regeneration,
of the saints' union to Christ, and communion with him, the
resurrection of the same body, the change of living saints at
Christ's coming, with many others:
even the hidden wisdom;
the Gospel lay hid in God, in the thoughts
of his heart, in the deep things of his mind, the counsels of his
will, and purposes of his grace; it was hid in Christ, in whom are
hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge; it was hid under the
types and shadows of the ceremonial law; and is hid in the
Scriptures, which must be diligently searched for it, as for hidden
treasures. It was hid from angels, and from Adam, until revealed; it
was in some measure hid from the Jews under the former
dispensation, to whom it was made known; and in some sense from
believers, under the present dispensation, who as yet know it but in
part; and is entirely hid from natural men, even from the most wise
and prudent among them. This epithet expresses the preciousness,
secrecy, and also security of the Gospel; hidden things being
commonly of value, and being kept secret, are also safe; hidden and
secret wisdom has been always esteemed, both by Greeks and
Jews: hence that saying F21 of the latter,
``he that would be rich in learning of the law, (hnwpu ayhv)
(hmkxhw) "and that wisdom which is hidden", in a hidden and
secret place, should hide and secrete himself from the
children of men.''
The apostle adds,
which God ordained before the world.
The Egyptians and Grecians
boasted much of the "earliness" of their wisdom, but neither of them
are to be mentioned with the Gospel for the antiquity of it; it is
the birth of God's counsels of old, the produce of his purposes,
which he purposed in Christ before the world was; a scheme of things
he drew in his eternal mind; it is a transcript of the council of
peace and covenant of grace, which were from everlasting; what the
Jews F23 say of the law, is much more true of the Gospel,
``that it was treasured up with God (they say two thousand
years, and sometimes nine hundred and seventy four ages),
before the world was created;''
and often speak of it as one of the seven things created before the
world was F24. Moreover, this was to our glory; under the present
dispensation, which by reason of the Gospel has a glory in it
surpassing the former; it is to the glory both of the ministers of
it, whose honour it is to be employed in preaching it, and in being
by it the instruments of converting such who will be their glory
another day, and to the glory of all believers who are by it called
to the obtaining of the glory of Christ Jesus.
F21 Caphtor, fol. 81.
F23 T. Bab. Zebacbim, fol. 116. 1. Zohar. in Exod. fol. 20. 4. &
35. 1, 2. & 66. 3. & in Numb. fol. 66. 3.
F24 T. Bab. Pesachim. fol. 54. 1. Nedarim, fol. 39. 2. Zohar. in Lev.
fol. 14. 4. Targum Jon. ben Uzziel in Gen. iii. 24.
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