And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
The focus of Paul’s teaching and his life was to preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Paul poured out his heart, as he expounded on the whole counsel of God to the Corinthians. Paul taught the Corinthian church the word of God, and he did so in an environment known for its bad behavior. During this time if someone were to behave in a promiscuous manner, or have drunken celebrations the people would say they were corinthianizing. The behavior of the city had become so immoral and so debased that the people of Corinth had become infamous for their bad behavior and the city’s name synonymous with immorality. Yet through the power of God, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Paul was used by God in the city of Corinth.
God used the Apostle Paul to bring the people of Corinth to faith in Christ. And as Paul states here, he did not rely on his looks because he was not a handsome or tall man. Moreover, he did not rely on his speech because it was actually said of Paul that he was not a great speaker. He relied on the Holy Spirit and the power of Jesus Christ and His crucifixion, which reconciles sinful man back to a Holy God. In other words, it wasn’t Paul’s ability, but the power of God, working through Paul. Paul’s submission to God’s will, gives us a wonderful example of how we through the power of the Holy Spirit can help in the spread of the Gospel of Christ, telling people how Jesus paid the price for our sins, in order that we may be redeemed back to a Holy God.