1 Cor 2:3-5 – “And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”
How do you hope others see and think of you? Do you present yourself to other believers as someone who has strength? Do you have confidence in your knowledge and training, assured that God has prepared you to handle whatever comes your way? Who, other than Christ, could have been better prepared for preaching than Paul? He grew up studying the Old Testament Scriptures for hours every day. He met the risen Christ face to face. He was filled with the Holy Spirit. He had every right to expect that others would revere his words and deeds. What would make him tremble in fear and weakness? Why wouldn’t he go to the Corinthians in bold confidence? As God’s apostle and ambassador, his speech should have reflected the power of the Almighty Creator! How can weakness demonstrate Power, or fear and trembling exhibit faith?