"But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory." (1 Corinthians 2:7-8)
The gospel of the Lord Jesus was presented in the philosophical circles before it reached Corinth. The so called wise people at Athens could not understand the wisdom of God and many refused to follow it. Yet it should be understood that, the philosophies of the "wise" could not sustain for a long period of time. The Bible still stands and people are blessed by the ministry of the Word and lives are transformed for the better. St. Paul did not preach the wisdom of the world, but He spoke the wisdom of God in a mystery (Greek: mysterio). If we seek to search the wisdom of God, we can look at the creation around. Yet the greatest wisdom that God wants us to see is the Lord Jesus Christ. When we behold Him, we are transformed into His glory.
The princes of the world and the rulers had absolutely no clue about this hidden wisdom of God which was revealed in the Lord Jesus. St. Paul contends that if they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. The wisdom of God is Christ Jesus. When we know Him, we preach Him for He was ordained before the world for our glory. The glory that sin disrobed us in the garden of Eden is restored when we see and experience our precious Lord Jesus. The princes of this world could not understand this mystery as only the Spirit can reveal this to the chosen. Hallelujah!For further reading: John 19:1-16, Luke 22:66-71