I have been pondering why Paul said, “I know nothing but Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” Was he telling the readers of his letter that we have made knowing Christ to complicated? Was he suggesting we get back to the very basics of just knowing Jesus Christ and Him crucified?
I would suggest that Paul saw the complicated, legalistic nature of the developing early church and wanted to move us away from that direction. Even today, we have made Jesus much more complicated than he wants to be. No better example is available than the story of the repentant thief in Luke’s 23rd gospel.