The Simple Words of the Gospel

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Regarding Scripture: I Corinthians 2.1-5

We live in a world that demands knowledge, understanding and wisdom. A world where careers and disciplines are built based upon them. Without knowledge, understanding and wisdom few people succeed. Take for instance the medical field, or engineering, or science. Knowledge, understanding, and wisdom allow advances to be made in our knowledge of health problems, knowledge for engineering almost impossible structures, and knowledge that allows us to enter outer space. Understanding allows physicians, engineers, and scientists to see relevant related conditions. Wisdom allows these professionals to make decisions that benefit all of humanity. Knowledge, understanding and wisdom are in such demand for these fields that it is difficult not to transfer these areas into the Scriptures.

Great good and great evil has been accomplished by the knowledge, understanding, and wisdom of humanity. But can humanity come to the Scriptures and expect human knowledge, human understanding, and human wisdom to explain faith? This is almost a dichotomous situation. Here is the difficulty: humanity cannot exist without language. Take, for example, the Hebrew language. When two or more persons know the Hebrew language, they can communicate one with the other. They can exchange knowledge, transfer understanding, and apply wisdom. But all of this was accomplished through the medium of the Hebrew language. The world simply cannot communicate without language. Human definitions of words allow people to communicate within a one-language nation, or across language boundaries. But it is accomplished based on human knowledge of vocabulary, understanding of sentences, and the wisdom to understand what is being communicated.

Consequently, when humanity comes to the Scriptures, we cannot help but have human knowledge, understanding, and wisdom; because we are, after all, human. But when one is so moved by what they have learned from the Scriptures to the point they become obedient to its precepts, how does that person then communicate their faith to an entire world? After all, we need our language to communicate what we feel, what is moral, what is understandable, and what is to be done. This is the situation that Paul is addressing in I Corinthians chapter two.

Whether English, Spanish, German, or Russian, if we are Christian, we have to communicate the Scriptures and our faith. But by what language level is it to be done? Answering this can be difficult. The reason, as best as I can state it, is this: all individuals have their own knowledge and understanding of accepted vocabulary. This is because all people experience a different social life, a different business life, and have had different educational experiences, among other factors. It can become quite a task for one person to communicate their faith to someone else. For a Christian to communicate their faith to others, that Christian needs to understand and be wise regarding Paul’s discussion of communication.

Christians do not need to possess Graduate degrees or post-Graduate doctorates in order to communicate the faith. Christians need to know only one thing: Christ and the purpose of His crucifixion. Some Christians may experience fear while speaking. But when speaking, it is the power of the Holy Spirit through the written word of God that moves people to Gospel obedience, not the persuasive power of humanity’s vocabulary. As someone has stated, humanity’s communication and reasoning are seasoning, the Gospel is the main course. Let us not ruin the main course with our over seasoning.

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