In our study of 1 Corinthians chapter two, we look at how we can know the things of God. In chapter 1, we saw that, from the world's view, the things of God are "foolishness". Now, we will see how God can turn "foolishness" into wisdom and understanding.
"When I came to you brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God." NIV translation
Paul was a man of earthly wisdom as he had studied Judaism under one of the top teachers (Gamaliel) of his day.
But, when he came to Christ, it was not by earthly wisdom but by the direct intervention and power of God. (see Acts 9) Therefore, when he proclaimed the gospel it was not based on his own wisdom but on what God had done in him.
In our world today, that may seem strange as we place such a high value on our college degrees and it seems like the more degrees you have the more you are worth in society. That same spirit has penetrated the ranks of our "churches" and "pastors" and many who proclaim the Word are attempting to do so in their own strength and wisdom.
"For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified." NIV translation
This highly educated man decided to know nothing except the gospel of Jesus Christ. He could have debated with the best of them but instead trusted in the power of God to do the same thing to others that it had done to him. Today, we see way too much personality creeping into the presentation of the gospel instead of simply proclaiming the gospel. There are pastors and evangelists that will spend weeks, months or even years developing a clever sermon that they think is going to save the world but, as we shall see, none of us have the power to save with our words.
"I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling." NIV translation
This well educated man went about his ministry in a humble manner. He understood in his own heart that, when it comes to the things of God, it is serious business that cannot be handled in our own strength. There are some very great and humble preachers and teachers of God's Word but there are also many who have a "rockstar" mentality and love the spotlight. We would all do well to follow the method of Paul that we see in this chapter.