Hans Küng, in writing about St. Paul's Christological formulae, puts it this way:
"Persecution very often provided the testing situation for the profession of faith. In this connection it is again important to note that for Paul particularly it was obviously not primarily a question the formula- positive or negative- but of affirming or denying Jesus: not of a faith in propositions, but of a proposition of faith" (Infallible? 153).Of course, Jesus is God's proposition of faith. Paul makes this clear in many places, but I begin from my own lectio this morning:
"When I came to you, brothers, proclaiming the mystery of God, I did not come with sublimity of words or of wisdom. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear and much trembling, and my message and my proclamation were not with persuasive (words of) wisdom, but with a demonstration of spirit and power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God" (1 Cor. 2,1-5).
Yes, I just figured out how to employ block quotes.