1. Consider Paul (2:1-5). Yesterday it was compare and consider. Today, we want to reflect on Paul and his mission. Paul is considered the greatest preacher among men (apart from the Lord). Whether this is so or not, we can learn much from him. The best thing to learn: he knew and lived nothing but Jesus and Him crucified.
2. Paul’s message (2:6-16). Paul determined to know nothing but Jesus and Him crucified. That which he knew, he also taught. To the many prophets who had come before him, it was a mystery. It was a mystery for a number of reasons, but to those to whom Paul preached one of the reasons for it being a mystery was that there was no real desire to know and understand (cf. John 6:44-45; Acts 13:27). To these people, they would look upon the message of the Lord with confusion, disappointment, and even disdain. The Lord knew (knows) this. However, the Lord also knew (knows) that many were very much interested in spiritual things, thus He commissioned His messengers to preach. When they did, they made known the mysteries of God (cf. 1 Peter 1:10-12).