CORINTHIANS-1 TOTAL CHAPTERS: 16
CORINTHIANS-1 TOTAL VERSES: 437
TOTAL WORDS: 9,489
DATE WRITTEN: 56 AD
Divisions and Immorality in the Church. Reminder of the Gospel: Unity Through Following Christ. A letter from Paul to the Corinthians, correcting errors into which they had fallen.
BOOK OF CORINTHIANS-1 KEY VERSES:
3:3: You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men?
6:19-20: Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
10:31: So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
12:7: Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
13:4-7: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
15:3-4: For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.
Corinth was a shipping harbor and one of the prominent cities of Greece being located very strategically in the region that joins the Peloponnesus to the mainland of Greece. It was sacked by Rome in 146 BC and not restored until 29 BC. It was known for its pottery, brass, games, temples and immoral living. Paul wrote this letter. Paul was one of the church’s earliest preachers and was especially committed to evangelizing the Gentiles. He was not one of the primary twelve apostles and was previously named Saul and had been a devoted Pharisee and oppressed the early Christians. He was converted and designated to his apostleship by direct confrontation with the Christ on the road to Damascus. He established churches all over the Mediterranean world and wrote more NT books than any other writer. All below-mentioned books were written by Paul: Romans, Corinthians 1 & 2, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians 1 & 2, Thessalonians, Timothy, Titus and Philemon. Paul arrived in Corinth around 50 A.D after being in Athens at the end of his second minister journey. Paul lived in the city for a year and a half, the second longest time he spent in any one city. So Paul knew these people well and he was concerned for them. The letter was written probably in 54-56 AD from Ephesus during Paul’s third missionary journey where he spent at least three years. This book is a letter to the church where Paul instructs the members of this early group of Christians to stop arguing and tells them of his plan to send Timothy to help them further. The Corinthians did not like Paul authority and sought more than the gospel. Paul is reacting to this desire. Corinthians-1 was indeed the second letter that Paul had written to the Church at Corinth. The first was badly misunderstood by the Corinthians. Therefore, Paul wrote them another letter explaining his previous message. He had received reports and questions from Corinth and the problems they were encountering. This letter is Paul’s reply to those questions. Paul was trying to help encourage and guide a church that was going astray. The problems that Paul addresses are wide-ranging from court cases to communion and from adultery to meat sacrificed to idols. He criticizes them as their spiritual father and calls them to get along with one another.
CHAPTER WISE SUMMARY:
Chapter#1. Divisions. Be united in mind and spirit. Paul writes to Corinthians. Calls for unity in the church. Message of Jesus’ death & human wisdom.
Chapter#2. Natural, Carnal, Spiritual Man. God’s wisdom is superior to man’s. Message of Jesus is by God’s spirit. Spiritual man versus physical man. God’s wisdom is not understood by those who do not have His Spirit.
Chapter#3. Judgment Seat of Christ. Do not destroy God’s temple. Believers are God’s field. Believers are built together as God’s temple. Worldly wisdom foolish to God.
Chapter#4. Judging Each Other. The apostles were earnest in their work. Apostles have a very humble & difficult work & life.
Chapter#5. Immorality Rebuked. Do not put up with immorality in the church. A little leaven ferments the whole batch. Jesus is our Passover Lamb.
Chapter#6. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Lawsuits With Christians. Wicked won’t enter God’s kingdom. Flee from sexual immorality.
Chapter#7. Christian Marriage. Commands on marriage, sex, passion, mixed marriages and divorce. The unmarried and the widows. Unmarried people and living for God. Remaining unmarried can be beneficial.
Chapter#8. Meats Offered to Idols. Eating meat sacrificed to idols can harm a weak brother.
Chapter#9. Castaway Chapter. Rights and duties of an apostle. Paul Gives Up His Rights As An Apostle. Paul didn’t always take advantage of the apostles’ rights.
Chapter#10. Do not be overcome by temptations. History of Israel in the wilderness are examples for us. Warning against idolatry. Instructions For Public Worship. Freedom and consideration for others.
Chapter#11. Instructions about authority, covering head & hair in worship. Conduct at the Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s Supper must be done in the right way. The relation between man & woman, eating the Lord’s supper.
Chapter#12. Spiritual Gifts. There are a variety of gifts, but the same Spirit. Christian members make up one body with different characteristics.
Chapter#13. Love Chapter. Knowledge & ability are nothing without love. Love is superior to miraculous gifts. Things are unclear & temporary, but love is eternal.
Chapter#14. Spiritual Gifts. Gifts of prophecy and tongues. Worship assemblies must be carried out in an orderly manner. Women’s position in the congregation.
Chapter#15. Resurrection Chapter. The resurrection is a central part of the gospel. Resurrection the basis for faith. Christ’s Resurrection Guarantees Ours. People’s resurrection.
Chapter#16. Closing Instructions. Collection for Jerusalem Christians. Share greetings among the church. Travel Plans For Paul And Associates.