The Priority of the Gospel
1 Corinthians 2:1-2
“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.”
I have never been overly involved in politics. However, I do find myself getting caught up in many of the presidential debates. I get intrigued and end up watching for a good amount of time as each candidate banters back and forth about his or her political convictions. As interesting as it may seem, I often find myself asking, “What are they even talking about?” The moderator asks a question, and then after several minutes of responses filled with political jargon, arguments, and attacks, I am even more confused than I was before the debate began. What is the point of all of this?
I think believers in Christ often do a similar thing. We can get caught up in intriguing conversations of Theology, Eschatology, Hermeneutics, Calvinism, Dispensationalism, and many other fancy words. Although there may be a time and place for those conversations, I am just not convinced that it should be the focus, and one step further, it may be distracting some people from what really matters.
As Paul addresses the church in Corinth here in chapter 2, he wanted to let them know what was important. When he first came to them (recorded in Acts 18), he was not concerned with impressing them with his own wisdom. He did not want to confuse them by explaining everything he knew about who God was. It would not have done him any good to debate deep issues of Theology with these people. He was centered on making sure that they understood the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was his aim to make sure the people understood that they were sinners in need of a Savior and that Savior is Jesus Christ alone.
We as believers have a desire to see lost souls come to know Jesus. When we speak with our neighbors, our friends, and our family members who do not have a relationship with Jesus, we must be careful not to get caught up in lofty words and our own intellect (however limited or extensive that may be). We need to be sure that the saving power of Jesus Christ through His death, burial, and resurrection is what is being heard.