Taking the Epistle

A biblical journey through the epistles

02 – Corinthians (1st)

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Introduction

Welcome to our page on 1st Corinthians where we look at the letter written by the Apostle Paul to the church in Corinth, Paul was in Ephesus when he wrote this epistle and it is a letter to a beloved church that he founded himself. Paul stayed a year and a half (we see this in Acts 18) during his stay in Corinth.

The term Corinthian was not a very nice term in that day, the Corinthians were known as a very carnal society and we read in this letter some of the issues in that society. In some cases the folks in the church were behaving in the same fashion as the ones in the world.

The city has a cosmopolitan feel to it, much like a modern day Amsterdam or Las Vegas. Paul first arrived in Corinth around 50 AD to a city that was famous for its athletics, pottery, metal work and god worship, not the living God but there were many Greek and foreign gods that were worshipped there.

Corinth in that regard was not all that different to many cities today, a business hub of the empire that attracted many different types of people from many cultures which was the hub of two bodies of water and as such catered to the pleasures that those types of people may have wished for, thus the city was known for its desire to please all manners of lusts, whether they be sexual or drunken. Some would say a first century party town.

An important lesson or question to be asked in this letter and the contents thereof is “was the assembly influencing the city or was the city influencing the assembly?” This question is as prevalent today as it was back then.

In 1st Corinthians 1:11 we read that Paul had received a report from the “house of Chloe” about difficulties within the church and this letter serves as doctrine, reproof and correction not just for the Corinthian church but also for us in modern times. Paul confirms that this was in letter format in 1st Corinthians 7:1.

The epistle is divided into seven parts and we will examine these (LORD willing) when we do the verse by verse study, these seven divisions are as follows…

1.Salutation (1:1–3)

2.Thanksgiving (1:4–9)

3.Division in Corinth (1:10–4:21)
1.Facts of division
2.Causes of division
3.Cure for division

4.Immorality in Corinth (5:1–6:20)
1.Discipline an immoral Brother
2.Resolving personal disputes
3.Sexual purity

5.Difficulties in Corinth (7:1–14:40)
1.Marriage
2.Christian liberty
3.Worship

6.Doctrine of Resurrection (15:1–58)

7.Closing (16:1–24)

Line by line studies 

Topical studies
How many of Jesus disciples would pass a pre-employment screening? 1st Corinthians 1:26-31 – October 9th 2015
This Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner media circus from a Christian point of view – 1st Corinthians 9:24-27 – June 2nd 2015
Don’t miss the main thing dear Christian…LOVE – 1st Corinthians 13:1-3 – March 5th 2014
All you need is agape – 1st Corinthians 13:1-3 – March 7th 2014
Letter to my princess (from a loving father) – 1st Corinthians 13:1-13 – October 26th 2014
Fifty shades of what? 1st Corinthians 13:1-13 – February 14th 2015
Loving a Lymie – Viewpoint from a non-Lyme sufferer – 1st Corinthians 13:4-13 – July 13th 2016

I hope that this is a blessing and I pray that you get something from these bible studies.

God bless and I pray this was a blessing and please feel free to like, share or comment on here or whatever social media platforms you use as the Lord leads you to, as always I love questions about this or any other article so please feel free to fill in the form below, all comments are moderated to avoid profanity.
TTE
TGBTG
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One response to “02 – Corinthians (1st)

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