1:10-14 In preaching the gospel, the apostle sought to bring persons to the obedience, not of men, but of God. But Paul would not attempt to alter the doctrine of Christ, either to gain their favour, or to avoid their fury. In so important a matter we must not fear the frowns of men, nor seek their favour, by using words of men's wisdom. Concerning the manner wherein he received the gospel, he had it by revelation from Heaven. He was not led to Christianity, as many are, merely by education.
13. heard—even before I came among you.
conversation—"my former way of life."
Jews' religion—The term, "Hebrew," expresses the language; "Jew," the nationality, as distinguished from the Gentiles; "Israelite," the highest title, the religious privileges, as a member of the theocracy.
the church—Here singular, marking its unity, though constituted of many particular churches, under the one Head, Christ.
of God—added to mark the greatness of his sinful alienation from God (1Co 15:19).
wasted—laid it waste: the opposite of "building it up."