1 Corinthians 2:3-4 (NKJV) I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.
And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power
If you read the verses above, they may appear contradictory at first. Apostle Paul talks here about being with the Corinthians in weakness and much trembling, and yet in the same breath, he is talking about demonstrating the spirit and power of God.
‘I was with you in weakness and much trembling’. What does this mean?
This means Paul made it very clear to everyone that he was just an ordinary human being like them. He refused to elevate himself to superhuman status even though he did very many superhuman things.
For example, there was a time some of the people he preached to in Lystra wanted to begin worshiping him as a god (Acts 14:14). He tore his clothes and revealed his flesh just to make it clear to them that he was an ordinary human being like them.
I can imagine that happening to some ministers today. They would sit on the throne offered to them and say something like ‘after all, the scriptures say we are gods. We even have more authority than these idols they are claiming we are’. Such ministers can never raise disciples who will grow from being spiritual babes.
Because Paul made it clear to the people that he was a mortal human like them, when they saw the manifestation of the Spirit and power of God, they knew it wasn’t Paul working but Christ working through Paul. Therefore, their faith was in Christ and not in Paul.
Go into today remembering that when people have their faith divided between men and God, they will not be able to grow in their knowledge of God. The Corinthian believers remained babes because of this very reason. Some said I am of Paul, others Apollos, etc. (see 1 Cor 3:1-4).
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