6 We speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of THE RULERS OF THIS AGE, WHO ARE TO BE RENDERED INOPERATIVE; 7 but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory; 8 the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; 9 but just as it is written: “THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND WHICH HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HUMAN HEART -THE THINGS WHICH GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.” (1Cor2:6-9)
Towards the end of his letter to the Romans, Paul urged Christians to regard the worldly authorities as “ministers of God” that were to be obeyed (Rom13:6). Now he is making the point that such leaders are ultimately to be abolished or made inoperable (Greek: καταργέω). “Ultimately”, that is in terms of God’s timetable for we are still waiting, and in a recent post I explained why that should be .
But that will not be the result of humanity transitioning into a spiritualized eternity, but as explained in that same post it is because a new order is shortly to be established on terra firma as the “Kingdom of God” currently inaugurated through the Church becomes fully established, That will be at the coming of the One Paul describes as “the Lord of Glory” (v8). Then it will not be the worldly wise who participate in the glorious reign of Christ but those who have received a wisdom from above such as Paul is about to impart to the Corinthians (v6). However, the precise detail of the elect’s involvement has yet to be revealed, but as the apostle infers it is likely to be spectacularly glorious: “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the human heart – those things which God has prepared for those who love Him” (v9).