What Does 1 Corinthians 2:1 Mean?

When I came to you, brothers, announcing the testimony of God to you, I did not come with brilliance of speech or wisdom.

1 Corinthians 2:1(HCSB)
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Verse Thoughts

How the flesh likes to be applauded by other people – “how well you sang”, “that was a very encouraging sermon,” “what a lovely devotional you wrote,” “you pray so beautifully…” etc etc. Oh! how the flesh likes to be applauded by other people. But Paul in this verse clearly demonstrates God’s method of doing things, when he wrote: I came to you, brothers, announcing the testimony of God to you, I did not come with brilliance of speech or wisdom. Everything that Paul said was to point people to Christ - nothing Paul did was to draw the attention away from the Lord to himself.

Had Paul uttered the most brilliant speech to proclaim the gospel of Christ – or had he been awarded the Israeli literary prize for gospel preachers, then the glory would have gone to Paul and not to the Lord. Down through the centuries clerics and clergy would examine the syntax and sentence construction – priests and preachers alike, would have deliberated over his exquisite wisdom and excellent elocution and sought to emulate his line of reasoning and reconstruct the same brilliance of speech in their own little homilies. But Paul did not come with exaggerated eloquence or human wisdom he did not come with lofty words or impressive scholarship. Paul resolved to know nothing, except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

This should be our resolve - to know nothing, except Jesus Christ and Him crucified, so that our song or story, sermon or speech points only to the Lord and does not seek to draw away the attention and glory that alone belongs to the Lord our God. 

My Prayer

Loving Father I pray that in all I say and do that You may be lifted high in my heart so that people only see Jesus in me, until I am nothing and He is all in all, in His name I pray, AMEN.

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