1 Corinthians 2

1 Corinthians 2 has Paul reminding the church at Corinth why he came.  Remember, he was there for about a year and a half teaching and preaching.  Paul didn’t come as a philosopher or a salesman; he came as a witness.  “And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom”. Paul was certainly a man who could reason and debate persuasively, but he didn’t use that approach in preaching the gospel. He made a conscious decision to put the emphasis on Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Paul was an ambassador, not a debator.

He was single minded in how he shared.  “I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified”.  That is the only answer to life and the sin problem we all face.  Jesus alone is Savior for the world.  He alone can free us from the penalty of sin.  Paul doesn’t want to muddy the waters with any other message.  It was Jesus Christ and Him alone.  No more, no less, just Jesus.  If we are not careful with what we say, we can obscure Jesus by our preaching, either in the presentation or the message.  Jesus is enough, so there is no reason to share more.

Paul doesn’t teach based on being smarter or better trained.  “I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God”.  Paul didn’t want to get in the way of the message of Jesus.  He didn’t tout his position or power.  He merely preached Christ crucified.  He simply taught Jesus.

Paul would not cater to the Corinthian love of human wisdom, but that does not mean his message had no wisdom.  “But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory”.  God’s wisdom is so far beyond anything we can ever find in the human world.  The reality is that “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”.  God has a plan.  He prepared a way through Jesus.  We’ll never understand it until we experience it.  But God has prepared for our eternity, and we merely need to receive His gift of grace through Christ!

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