1 Corinthians 2:12 …the marvelous thing is this, that we now receive not the spirit of the world but the Spirit of God himself, so that we can actually understand something of God’s generosity towards us. J B Phillips
Little by little God’s goodness is revealed to us. It usually takes a trial, temptation, or a direct attack from the devil, for us to see it, but after a while we can’t help but see how gracious, merciful, compassionate, and loving God is toward His own. It goes beyond that, in that He shows Himself to the worlds as well.
It seems as if Christians think that we have a monopoly on God’s goodness. Nothing could be farther from the truth. When we were yet unlovely, He loved us. When we were not looking for Him, He was looking for us. When we had no hope of being delivered from sin, He gave His only begotten Son to die on a cross, fulfilling everything that needed fulfilled, so that mankind could be reconciled back to Himself.
We’ll never understand it all, but the “marvelous thing” is, if we will look with open eyes and receive with an open heart, the Holy Spirit will reveal “something of God’s generosity towards us.”