What is meant by the phrase ‘the deep things of God’?
These are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. (1 Cor 2:10 NIV)
In the verse of Scripture shown above, the word “depths” translates the Greek noun βάθη, which is the Accusative, Plural of βάθος (bathos). In this context, Paul is using a word that refers to “deep water” to portray a parallel idea in an attempt to describe the complexities of and the secret and careful plans of our God.
This word that represents the depths of God (the deep things of God), refers to greatness, immensity, profoundness, impenetrability, and mysteriousness. It goes beyond surface considerations and into the serious, innermost study of God’s nature, His purposes and His love.
Let’s continue looking at the Bible:
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. (Joh 14:26 NIV)
The Holy Spirit was given to every believer at the moment of salvation. (See Ac 2:38; Eph 1:13) The Holy Spirit teaches us all things and helps us to remember everything that He has taught us. As we obey the Word and walk in faith, our relationship with the Lord grows stronger and more mature.
In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. (Lk 10:21 NIV)
“For the Lord God does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.” (Amos 3:7 NIV)
The two verses immediately above mention that God reveals hidden thing to His people. These are clearly deep things of God that the Holy Spirit shares with the children of God. The Holy Spirit gives us wisdom, insight, and revelation knowledge.
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. (1 Cor 2:11 NIV)
No one can know the thoughts of God other than the Holy Spirit who dwells within every believer. (See 1 Cor 3:16; 6:19; 2 Cor 6:16) This same Holy Spirit will teach us about the profound, loving, and merciful God whom we are blessed to serve. The longer that we are in relationship with the Lord, the more deeply we mature in the faith, and the more familiar we become with the deep things of God. Glory to God!