And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. Wisdom from the Spirit Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. (1 Corinthians 2:1-11, ESV)
Have you ever listened to somebody talk about something and you didn’t understand anything they said? You heard the words and could make sense of the sentence structure and the language, maybe some of the words they said you didn’t know, but you got most of them, but it was just not making sense to you. Like they had a lot of knowledge but they were not able to convey it to you.
Paul says here, when he first came to Corinth he did not speak in lofty language, but spoke to the Corinthians on a level they would understand. How often do we, who claim to be Christian, use words that mean something to us, but to someone not a part of our inside group don’t understand? Can you think of some of them?
Can you name some more? Do you know all of the above words? We use these words and expect people not part of the inside group to get it. We are not speaking on their level, on a plain they can understand. That is what Paul speaks about. We can not use terms or words to describe God to people that do not know those words. It is the great quote from Attack of the Clones “Seems you Jedi would know the difference between knowledge and wisdom…” You see we can know all the right things and use all the big words in our vocabulary, but the wisdom of the situation deems we speak on a level not at that point and to the community and place we are at. Our knowledge will not get us any where, and no one will come to an understanding of who God is through our lives if we do not become part of the community and impart the wisdom we have.
Don’t dumb it down, because that is not it at all, it is making so the audience can understand.
The people are listening, will you help them see God, or will you confuse them with your knowledge of your redeemer?