Paul illustrated in his own methods what he says in 1Co
1:18-31. His method was not one of an itinerant philosopher trying to captivate
by eloquence and worldly wisdom.
This is not, however, the gospel: Mat 4:23. Taken along with v
3 (weakness), sig 'I preached to you in the spirit of Christ
WEAKNESS... FEAR... TREMBLING: Paul had come from
Athens alone. If Paul's malady was malaria -- a thorn in the flesh -- then he
had an attack at Corinth. See 2Co 12:7,8; Gal 4:14. Such an attack is for the
time absolutely incapacitating; the sufferer can only lie and feel himself a
shaking and helpless weakling, when he ought to be at work.
While it was evident that the preacher's charms did not
entice, yet effective work was done -- for God's power was present in the spirit
gifts exercised by Paul, which attested his message.
If our spirit of knowledge came from God, then we would know
They were becoming dismayed because others were judging them
for their lack of "wisdom". But Paul says that no natural man can discern the