A letter dealing
with factions in the church, immorality, speaking in tongues, and
Roman temple at Corinth
1 Corinthians is
one of a number of letters Paul sent to the Christians at Corinth.
In this letter Paul takes up a series of issues confronting the congregation.
Factions in the congregation exhibited arrogance and misplaced confidence,
but Paul declares that the message of the cross makes foolish the wisdom
of the world. He calls the cross a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness
to Gentiles, yet through it God's power is revealed. Some issues addressed
have to do with sexual morality, marriage and divorce. Paul urges them
to recall that their bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, so that
they should glorify God in their bodies (6:19-20). Some thought it was
acceptable to eat meat offered to idols, whereas others were troubled
by this practice (8-10). The Lord's Supper reflected divisions between
the richer and poorer members of the community, and Paul urges the Corinthians
to examine themselves before partaking (11). Spiritual gifts like speaking
in tongues had a divisive effect on the community, but Paul describes
the church as one body with many members. Because of confusion about the
resurrection of the body, Paul reminds them that when Christ returns the
dead will be raised and death itself will be destroyed (15).
1 Cor 1:18-31
- Message of the cross
1 Cor 7:1-16
- Marriage and divorce
1 Cor 11:23-34
- The Lord's Supper
1 Cor 13:1-13
- The greatness of love
1 Cor 15:12-58
- Hope of the resurrection
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