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Nerahism | Corinth

Commentary on Paul’s Letters to the Corinthian Church

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1 Corinthians 2:6-13

Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
    nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”—

10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.[d]

1 Corinthians 2:6-13 English Standard Version

The Spiritual Mind

In answer to the unwritten question of, “why didn’t you teach us the things that Peter and Apollos are teaching?” Paul says, “actually, I did–I shared a few interpretations from the Spirit to those of you who were mature enough to hear them.” In saying this, Paul is crystal clear that the wisdom he shared was not his own but wisdom from the Spirit of God who interprets spiritual truths like the whole of the Word of God to those who are spiritual.


We believe that all truth is revealed truth. That we have the whole of the truth in front of us, but that in order to see it, the truth must be revealed to us by the Spirit of God. We have all had the experience of having read a passage our whole lives thinking that we know the meaning only to read it in the Spirit of God and for it to take on a next level, life changing meaning. Paul later calls this, “knowing as we ought to know,” we call it, Nerahism (pronounced: Nearism). The Hebrew nir ‘ ah means, “he let himself be seen; showed himself”. It is the basis for this epistemological belief. Nirahists believe that we are always on the receiving end of truth and wisdom and never the origin and thus never the authority. We can mature in that wisdom as we listen and act on it, but it always the wisdom from the Spirit and so is freely available to all believers.

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