Which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
The apostle Paul explained to the Corinthians that God’s wisdom was much different from the wisdom of their society. The ancient Greeks prided themselves on their wisdom and persuasive oratory, but Paul described that as “human wisdom” and “the wisdom of this age” (1 Corinthians 2:4, 6).
God’s wisdom, on the other hand, was “a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory” (verse 7).
Paul went on to show that God’s wisdom is spiritually discerned, requiring the gift of the Holy Spirit to understand. Since the rulers did not have God’s Spirit, they did not understand who Jesus was or what His plan was. If they had known, how could they have killed their own Creator who loved them and wanted them to be in His family!
For more about Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and why He was willing to make it, see the article, “Passover: What Did Jesus Do for You?”