1 Cor.2:1,4,5 – My brothers and sisters, when I first came to proclaim to you the secrets of God, I refused to come as an expert, trying to impress you with my eloquent speech and lofty wisdom….The message I preached and how I preached it was not an attempt to sway you with persuasive arguments but to prove to you the almighty power of God’s Holy Spirit. For God intended that your faith not be established on man’s wisdom but by trusting in his almighty power.
Paul knew better than anyone that the gospel was indeed the mystery of God. Paul had studied from his childhood at the feet of the great teacher in Israel, Gamalial. He called himself a Pharisee of the Pharisees. If anyone knew the scriptures it was Saul of Tarsus. The problem is that sin blinds the minds of all of us. We are born with a fallen nature. Sin blinds our minds to the reality and truth of God. The only way any of us can ever grasp God’s love for us and His amazing plan is by revelation. Saul of Tarsus experienced that on the Road to Damascus. In a moment of time his eyes were opened and Saul received a revelation of Jesus Christ. In other words Saul the Pharisee was transformed into Paul the Apostle. That’s why Paul calls his message a mystery. You can’t see it until God calls you and opens your heart to the mystery of His grace. Here is a quote from the Passion Notes on this verse.
“As translated from the Aramaic. Some Greek manuscripts have “testimony.” Paul, as a steward of the mysteries of God, comes to them bringing a clear revelation of God’s mysteries. The Greek word mustērion (secret, or mystery) is found twenty-eight times in the New Testament.”
The Expositor’s Commentary also speaks about the mystery of God in this verse.
“He did not depend on overpowering oratory or philosophical argument. He rather came preaching the “mystery” of God–the message not fully understood by them before, but now explained by him and illuminated by the Holy Spirit.”
Because the gospel can’t be grasped by human reasoning or understanding we are totally dependent on the power of God to give people understanding. Preaching the gospel becomes an exercise of faith. The first message preached in the New Testament by anyone other than Jesus is seen on the Day of Pentecost itself. Peter had just been filled with the Spirit and had been praying in other tongues. Then he began to preach to the gathering crowd about the phenomenon of speaking in tongues. He called it a fulfillment of Old Testament prophesy. Peter’s message was unrehearsed and is recognized as being supernatural in nature. All true preaching is that, supernatural. Supernatural preaching carries within it the power to unfold the mystery of God.