Have you ever heard someone who does a really good job, speaking, conversing, analyzing, and arguing their position on various issues? I often listen to a program called Kentucky Sports Radio, and if you’re a Big Blue fan such as me, you probably have tuned in from time to time yourself. The host of the show is a very poignant speaker, a lawyer by trade, distinguished in his ability to use words to make a case for almost anything. Primarily Kentucky Basketball, much to my enjoyment.
I imagine the ancient Greeks to be much the same way, having a great command of words, rhetoric, argumentative skills, that would put most to shame. The Corinthians would have been very versed in this type of worldly wisdom and placed a great deal of stock in it.
In our passage today, the apostle Paul takes the opportunity to assure the Corinthians that his proclamation of Jesus Christ does not come from the same place (v.1-2). Also, that it is not in his own power or wisdom that he preaches the gospel at all, because the gospel is beyond the realm of human comprehension. Paul preaches Christ crucified through the power of The Holy Spirit alone so that God, not himself, will receive the glory and that men could comprehend and be saved (v.3-5).
For us today, it is not upon the wisdom of any person that we should place our trust in, but rather, in the one true God. The Holy Spirit makes it possible for us to even comprehend the gospel enough to accept it and be saved; and it is through our salvation that we receive the Holy Spirt as a deposit guaranteeing our perseverance with Christ forever (v.6-10). As believers we are called to be Spirit led people relying on God’s Word, the Holy Spirit, and the power of the gospel to shape how we live our lives. We can all rest assured we will encounter the eloquent word technicians, making their case for life in something/someone else through their own wisdom. It may even be well disguised and sound Godly. That is why Paul says in verse 2: “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”
Paul committed his life to knowing one person really well, and proclaiming what that one person did for the world really well; the person of Jesus Christ. The same stands true for you and me today. As believers, we must devote ourselves to knowing Jesus and telling others about Him really well. Not on our own abilities, but through the power of The Holy Spirit inside us which mediates the truth of the gospel in our world.
By: Matt Mofield