Tuesday 11th June 2019 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. (NIV – 1 Corinthians 2 v 4 – 5)
This passage comes in the second chapter of the Apostle Paul’s First Letter to the Church in Corinth. Here are some facts about Corinth and Paul’s Letter:
- Paul wrote this letter in 55AD towards the end of his time in Ephesus.
- At this time Corinth had a population of about 250,000 free people and 400,000 slaves.
- Corinth was the chief city of Greece.
- Corinth was a Centre of Commerce with trade flowing through the city from Italy and Spain to Asia and Egypt.
- It was a place of culture where people placed great emphasis on philosophy and wisdom. Corinth contained at least 12 temples including one to the Goddess of Love (Aphrodite) where worshippers practiced religious prostitution. There were other temples to the God of Healing and the Jews had established a Synagogue.
- Corinth was also known for its immorality so much so that in the Greek World to practice sexual immorality was known as “to Corinthianse”.
- Paul stayed in Corinth about 2 years.
Some of the things that were going on in the society in Corinth around the Corinthian Church were affecting things in the church and the purpose of Paul’s letter was to address these issues and to call the people of God to be different.
In today’s society we face the same challenges – there are so many self-help groups and material around succeeding in life, getting the best job, getting the best education and finding the best partner that we forget to trust in God in theses issues.
The Corinthian Church were putting too much emphasis on eloquence and intellectual ability and that is what Paul is addressing in our text by saying he did not use wise and persuasive words when he came to Corinth but a demonstration of the Spirit’s power – HIS FAITH RESTED ON THE POWER OF GOD AND NOT ON HUMAN WISDOM.
As Christians we need to rely upon the Spirit’s Power.
Have a great day!
Pastor Peter Jordan