1 Corinthians 1:17-31
For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words…
I. IT HAS BEEN ORDERED BY DIVINE WISDOM THAT THE GOSPEL SHOULD, as much as possible, AVAIL ITSELF OF THE ORDINARY CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION and influence in spreading through the world.
II. THE SECRET OF THE POWER OF PREACHING.
1. It conveys far better than any other vehicle the affirmation of the whole man — his whole nature, his whole experience — to the matter which he desires to communicate.
2. It brings into play all the affinities, sympathies, and affections of the being, and is therefore a most powerful instrument in arriving at the truth.
3. So much is true of all preaching. But in the preaching of the gospel there is a source of special power — the principle of representation — the power and right to speak to men in the name of God.
(J. Baldwin Brown, B. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.