In response to our earlier headline that said Jesus never preach himself, we know very well that many Christians and religious leaders especially theologians will all argue that but apostle Paul said we preach Christ and him crucified.(1 Corinthians 1:23). Well it is normal to support you arguments in this direction but with all due respect lets notice and realize that mankind’s biggest problems in the faculty of learning is the interpretation of documents which can be theological documents, philosophical documents and historical document.

And this problem of documentation and its interpretation made Asian scholars develop a methodology known as hermeneutics.  And we know that you theologians know this method of interpretation. From the formula of hermeneutic it is clear that the argument that Paul said we  preach Christ is an out  of context statement  and you theologians know very well that anytime that something is taken is taken out of context  it is clear that it will miss its purpose and its meaning. So from the first point the meaning attributed to Paul is not what Paul meant. Secondly all Paul’s writing are known theologically as epistles which means letters.

That also tells us that if they are letters then they are addressed to specific people in a specific situation.  THE question is who the people were and what was their situation. The people in question was the church of Corinth (1 Corinthians 1:2) and the question is what their situation was. They were in a state of division.(1 Corinthians 1:10). What was their division all about? Some of them grouped themselves standing for Paul, some Apollo’s, some Cephas and other Christ.1 Corinthians 1:11-12).

But of course we all know that a house that is divided among itself cannot stand so Paul was just try to solve this specific problem by beginning that is Christ divided. And he went further to state clearly  that Christ never sent him to baptize since they are fighting over who baptized who but to preach the gospel not with the wisdom of words lest the cross of Christ be made none effect(1 Corinthians 1:16-17). Simply meaning you people are divided with the issue of baptism but let me let you know that I was not sent to baptize but to preach the gospel of the kingdom of God so clearly Paul himself has stated clearly what heaven has commanded him to preach that is the gospel of the kingdom of God.

It was after this matter he has settled then he went to talk about the response of the cross to the Jews and the Greeks  and how he emphasized the purpose of the cross and the benefit of the cross, the power gained from the cross(1 Corinthians 1:18-21). In Paul’s conclusion, he then exposed what the Jewish required which is a sign and Greeks required which is wisdom. It was then that he made the statement that we preach Christ and he crucified which to the Jewish is a standing block and to the Greeks is foolishness and except to them that are called whether Jewish or Greek is the power of god and wisdom of god and that is about the preaching about the statement made that Paul said we preach Christ and him crucified.

So in conclusion, let’s realize that Paul himself said he has been instructed to preach the gospel of the kingdom. (1 Corinthians 1:17) and his statement which is the argument here is directed to the situation and the issue of the Greek and Jewish scribes. May the lord give you understanding.

 

 

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