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Living Boldly: Acknowledging and Overcoming Fear

God's Word for Today 1 Corinthians 2

May 26, 2012


3And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling,

3และเมื่อข้าพเจ้าอยู่กับท่านทั้งหลาย   ข้าพเจ้าก็อ่อนกำลัง   มีความกลัวและความหวาดหวั่นมาก

4and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,

4คำพูดและคำเทศนาของข้าพเจ้าไม่ใช่คำที่เกลี้ยกล่อมด้วยสติปัญญา   แต่เป็นคำซึ่งได้แสดงพระวิญญาณและพระเดชานุภาพ

5that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

5เพื่อความเชื่อของท่านจะไม่ได้อาศัยสติปัญญาของมนุษย์   แต่อาศัยฤทธิ์เดชของพระเจ้า

Paul was not a topical preacher; he used the Word of God, I think studying it verse by verse like we do.  Also he did not use flowery speech or many powerful or emotional methods to communicate.   Also he did not use the world’s wisdom.  He speaks about a mystery.

What does he mean by a mystery? A mystery simply means "that which had not been revealed before." The mystery of God which Paul preached was that Jesus Christ had been crucified. That had not been preached before but now had been revealed. In the Old Testament there were prophecies about the coming of Jesus, but the actual event was something new, something not revealed before.   Paul was very specific in his ministry and his preaching.  He says he didn’t want to get in philosophy but just focus on Jesus Christ and His death for us.  He preached a crucified Savior, One who had died for the sins of the world.   Paul says he was weak and in fear when he first came to them.   As we studied in Acts on his second missionary journey, when he arrived in Philippi, as he was preaching, they grabbed him and threw him in jail; beat him. And there in the prison with Silas at midnight the Lord shook the prison and opened the doors. Paul left Philippi, went down to Thessalonica, and there as he preached they had a riot. So he left Thessalonica when they wanted to kill him and he went down to Berea.  He left Berea and went down to Athens and dealt with the philosophers there, then he comes to Corinth a huge commercial center, filled with sinful behavior, like Patong near us, and I am sure Paul was tired weak, and  a bit fearful.  Paul was not a proud man, he was willing to admit his weaknesses.  He was very dependent upon God, not trusting in himself.  Paul says, "I do not use the worldly methods at all."   Not man’s wisdom, but God’s was Paul’s message.

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