“For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”
For I determined not to know anything among you
Paul resolved to exclude any evangelistic approach to the Corinthians except the one great central truth of the gospel–the person and work of Christ. Paul intentionally set aside anything that might prop up the message of the gospel. He did not seek any other means of communication. The reason for this was that the cross was a verdict on the wisdom and philosophy of man. This is God’s foolish methodology. Man does not seek God because he has a vested interest in not doing so:
Ro 3:10, As it is written:
“There is none righteous, no, not one;
There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.
They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one.”
The renunciation of methodologies is important to the effective presentation of the gospel.
Determination is crucial for effective witness of the gospel. This resolve also involves the rejection of ineffective methodology—presenting the gospel in a way that blurs its essential message. The essence of the gospel is that Christ died as a substitute for our sins by paying the penalty for our sins and rising from the dead to conquer the death that that penalty incurred. If that message does not get across, then we have a bogus gospel and a bogus method.
Ga 6:14, But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.