When I came to you, brothers, I didn't come and tell you about God's secret with rhetorical language or wisdom.
For the Messiah did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, not with eloquent wisdom, so the cross of the Messiah won't be emptied of its power.
My message and my preaching were not accompanied by clever, wise words, but by a display of the Spirit's power,
We don't speak about these things with words taught us by human wisdom, but with words taught by the Spirit, as we explain spiritual things to spiritual people.
Then Moses told the LORD, "Please, LORD, I'm not eloquent. I never was in the past nor am I now since you spoke to your servant. In fact, I talk too slowly and I have a speech impediment."
I replied, "Ah, LORD God! Look, I don't know how to speak, because I'm only a young man."
for instruction and for testimony? Surely they are speaking like this because the truth hasn't dawned on them.
After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.
and saw the Lord saying to me, "Hurry up and get out of Jerusalem at once, because the people won't accept your testimony about me.'
because such people are not serving the Messiah our Lord, but their own desires. By their smooth talk and flattering words they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.
For someone is saying, "His letters are impressive and forceful, but his bodily presence is weak and his speech contemptible."
Even though I may be untrained as an orator, I am not so in the field of knowledge. We have made this clear to all of you in every possible way.
when he comes to be glorified by his saints and to be regarded with wonder on that day by all who have believed including you, because you believed our testimony.
Therefore, never be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me, his prisoner. Instead, by God's power, join me in suffering for the sake of the gospel.
We have seen for ourselves and can testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.
This is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is found in his Son.
I am John, your brother and partner in the oppression, kingdom, and patience that comes because of Jesus. I was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony about Jesus.
I bowed down at his feet to worship him, but he told me, "Don't do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers who rely on what Jesus is saying. Worship God, because what Jesus is saying is the spirit of prophecy!"