The Book Of 1 Corinthians

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1 Corinthians, the First letter to the Corinthians was written from Ephesus about the time of the Passover in the third year of the apostle’s journey there, and when he had formed the purpose to visit Macedonia, and then return to Corinth. The news which had reached him, however, from Corinth frustrated his plan. He had heard of the abuses and contentions that had arisen among them, first from Apollos, and then from a letter they had written him on the subject, and also from some of the ‘household of Chloe,’ and from Stephanas and his two friends who had visited him. Paul therefore wrote this letter, for the purpose of checking the factious spirit and correcting the erroneous opinions that had sprung up among them, and fixing the many abuses and disorderly practices that prevailed. If this church was in existence today, I’m not sure many would want to be associated with it!

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The Corinthian church remains an example for all times concerning the fact that God does not tolerate sin in His church. The consequence of sin in the body of Christ is disunity. Jealousy and strife are always at the heart of disunity in the church. Spiritual growth is the remedy for any and all problems among brethren, the church, and the home. Complete Study of 1 Corinthians

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Paul was an ‘ambassador,’ who represented Christ and his government to a lost and dying world.

Interestingly, the saint today is an ambassador for Christ, not an apostle, but those who represent and teach Christ in this world. 1 Corinthians 1

As Paul communicated with the Corinthians regarding the Gospel message it was not performed with any grand oratory skills, excellence of speech, and neither was it filled with the wisdom of this world. He’s obviously learned from his mistake in Athens. 1 Corinthians 2

Let us all press to maturity in the knowledge of Christ rather than letting the years role by in apathy toward the word of God. Five years is plenty of time for each of us to be grounded in truth as we investigate, interrogate, examine, scrutinize and search the Scriptures. 1 Corinthians 3

While the Corinthians were being tempted to elevate one man over another Paul tells them to rather consider them as ‘ministers and stewards.’ The minister, servant of God is a ‘steward of the mysteries of God.’ A ‘steward’ is ‘one who manages a household, generally, a manager, administrator’. 1 Corinthians 4

The household of Chloe had ‘reported’ (declared or disclosed) to Paul that the church in Corinth was having problems with contentions and jealousy.

Now Paul discusses a matter that others are talking about. 1 Corinthians 5

Chapter 6 examines the next problem in line. The Corinthian Christians were taking each other to human courts to sue each other.

Secondly, he exposes the sin of fornication that had existed among the brethren. Paul would not quit on these brethren. 1 Corinthians 6

So Paul addresses the issue of celibacy in this chapter. Should we just cut off from sex altogether? Notice what he says first of all in verse 1, we are told that celibacy is good. He says, “It is good for a man not to marry”. You may have another translation that says, “It is good for a man not to touch a woman”. 1 Corinthians 7

The letter that the Corinthian brethren composed, not only had questions about marriage but about “things sacrificed to idols.” Much of the confusion over what to eat and what not to eat stemmed from the marring of Old Testament and New Testament teaching. 1 Corinthians 8

Chapter 9 seems to be an explanation of Paul’s selfless statement in 1 Corinthians 8:13.

As an “apostle,” Paul could have truly pressed his liberties and made others bend to his scruples, yet he chose to give up any of his liberties so that souls would be saved. 1 Corinthians 9

Liberties and expedient matters are left to the judgments of man.

Those who practice liberties at a weaker brother’s expense cause not only the weak brother to sin but the strong brother as well again is under consideration. 1 Corinthians 10

Apparently there were women who had the gift of prophecy and prayed regularly.

Another problem is therefore revealed among the Corinthians.

Their women were exercising dominion over men. 1 Corinthians 11

The Corinthian Christians had coveted the gift of speaking in tongues. Apparently this gift was viewed in higher esteem than other gifts due to the fact that many pagan converts had made their way into the church. These pagans once worshiped idols and spoke ecstatic utterances thinking that they were controlled by the respected idol deity. 1 Corinthians 12

The problem revolving around spiritual gifts, though not precisely identified to this point, is apparent. The Corinthians were elevating gifts and individuals who possessed certain gifts above others. Any time an individual or a group of individuals separate themselves from the whole body there will be trouble in the church. 1 Corinthians 13

The apostle Paul encourages the Corinthian brethren to open their eyes to the damage they were causing within the local church. Some brethren were placing greater emphasis on the gift of speaking in tongues and many were elevating the tongue speaker above others. 1 Corinthians 14

Those who are saved are those who continue in the instructions of the Gospel message.

Therefore, many will hear the Gospel and obey; however, some of those will not ‘hold fast’ to the message. this is a warning for all today! 1 Corinthians 15

Chapter 16 adds no new area of Corinthian error.

This final chapter very typically approaches the brethren with words of encouragement and gives the location and date of this epistle. 1 Corinthians 16


"Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ."

Romans 10:17