1 Corinthians chapter 2 does something big: It explains and encourages.
Here is the encouragement:
“And I was with you in weakness and fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the spirit and of power that your faith might not rest in wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
This is about Paul, and how he is sharing the Gospel with people who don’t believe. And see? He was scared too! Experiencing timidity in sharing the Gospel is something even the Apostle Paul had to deal with. But did it ever occur to us that our own timidity—our own failure—might serve God’s purpose? Going back to the theme of the last chapter, the Gospel—God’s salvation—isn’t about us. It’s about Him. So He will give us the words we need to speak; it’s Him that works in people’s hearts, not us. We’re not responsible for that.
Now for the “explanation”.
“The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them.”
So many times when talking to unbelievers, I would wonder, why is the Gospel worthless to them?
It’s because they don’t understand. It is because God is the one who needs to open their hearts to understand—it’s not something I can do for them, no matter how hard I argue.
The Spirit of God can’t be explained by men like us. His ways are higher than ours; so He alone enables us to understand His ways.