“And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” 1 Cor. 2:1-2
Sometimes we hesitate to talk about the gospel to our friends or family, or anyone else, because we think we need the right words. Maybe we won’t be able to answer their questions. Maybe we are concerned about our own weak witness to what we claim to profess. Maybe we’re afraid of what someone will think.
Paul didn’t worry about any of that. He tells the Corinthians he didn’t show up with a bunch of lofty speech or self-proclaimed wisdom. He just decided. Did he decide he’d have to know everything about life and faith? Nope. Did he decide he’d have to be able to answer every question or argument? Nope. He decided to know nothing except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. That’s it. Know who Jesus is and why He died (which leads to the full gospel about sin, redemption, sanctification, and eternal life).
Paul said, “I know Jesus, and I know why He died.” That’s enough. Paul was a learned man (check his “credentials” in Phil. 3, but take note of how he adds up his gain/loss column) but he trusted the Holy Spirit for the right words and the right witness. Sometimes I feel totally inadequate to witness to Jesus and talk about the gospel, and then I’m encouraged by Paul’s words. He decided. He just resolved to do it.
So … let’s decide today. Know Jesus? Check? Know why He was crucified? Check. Paul says we’re good to go. Let’s go.