Teaching for Life Change

The apostle Paul was very careful to communicate to those he taught that his message was not the result of “brilliance of speech or wisdom” (1 Cor. 2:1).  He passionately stressed his own weakness and pointed to the demonstration and power of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 2:4). Paul said, “This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdombut in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of Godbut considers them foolishness,and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit” (1 Cor. 2:13-14). In his second letter to the church at Corinth Paul said, “For we are not like many who make a trade in God’s message [for profit], but as those with sincerity, we speak in Christ, as from God and before God” (2 Cor. 2:17). Paul wasn’t simply trying to show humility, he was burdened for those he taught! He wanted them to understand the source and nature of his teaching. He was teaching for changed lives that reflected what was written on their hearts!

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