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First Corinthians 2:1-16

Paul continues from chapter 1 in the same context.

I Corinthians 2:1-5:
2:1And I, having come towards you, brothers, came not according to superiority of word or of wisdom messaging to you the mystery of God, .2for I did not judge to have known2 something among you - except Jesus Christ and this-person having been crucified2; .3and I became in weakness and in fear and in much trembling towards you, .4and my word and my heralded-proclamation (were) not in persuasions of wisdom but in pointing-out of spirit and of ability .5in order that your belief may not be in men's wisdom but in God's ability.

In these verses Paul provides information about his behavior as an example to the Corinthian holy-people:

When I previously came (went) to you...

...emphatically I did not come in accordance with...

...during the time that I was bringing the message consisting of the mystery of God down to you (God's secret to you [some Greek texts read "witness" instead of "mystery"])....

The word "mystery" throughout Paul’s letters means "secret" - a mystery contains the details that are known and can be understood by those involved in it and by those to whom it has been revealed. It is not inexplicable to those involved in it.

Paul continues: ...in truth, I did not judge (make a decision) to have known (to have seen to the end of perceiving and knowing with my mind) and to continue to know something among you...

...and emphatically I caused myself to become...

...towards you, and the word that I spoke and the proclamation that I heralded forth (refer to I Corinthians 1:21)...

...for the purpose and result that your belief (the faith/trust that you have relative to God and the things of God)...

 [Reference: Acts 2:36, 4:10-12; Romans 15:18 and 19, 16:25; I Corinthians 1:17-25; II Corinthians 4:5, 7:15, 10:10; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 3:1-9, 5:32, 6:5; Philippians 2:12-14; Colossians 1:25-29, 2:2 and 3, 4:3; I Thessalonians 1:5; II Timothy 1:7, 4:17; Titus 1:3; I Peter 1:5. Note: verbs with a superscript 2 (2) immediately following them indicate the "perfect" tense - details are provided in the "Relevant Notes" link of this study.]

 

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