Thursday, May 23, 2013

Preaching Christ Crucified

1 Corinthians 1:1-31 NIV

1Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,
2To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be His holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours:
3Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


4I always thank my God for you because of His Grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5For in Him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— 6God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. 7Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

9 God is faithful, Who has called you into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Church Divided Over Leaders

10I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,a in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 11My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephasb ”; still another, “I follow Christ.”

13Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15so no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16(Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.) 17For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

Christ Crucified Is God’s Power and Wisdom

18For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.19For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”c

20Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know Him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23but we preach Christ Crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the Power of God and the Wisdom of God. 25For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

26Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29so that no one may boast before Him. 30It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, Who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 
31Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”d

First Epistle to the Corinthians - written by Paul around 54 A.D.

This epistle, as to its subject matter, has been variously divided. The following seven particulars comprise the whole:

I. The Introduction, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9.

II. Exhortations relative to their dissensions, 1 Corinthians 1:9-4:21.

III. What concerns the person, who had married his step-mother, commonly called the incestuous person, 1 Corinthians 5:1-13, 6, and 7.

IV. The question concerning the lawfulness of eating things which had been offered to idols, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, 9, and 10, inclusive.

V. Various ecclesiastical regulations, 1 Corinthians 11-14, inclusive.

VI. The important question concerning the resurrection of the dead, 1 Corinthians 15.

VII. Miscellaneous matters; containing exhortations, salutations, commendations, etc., etc., 1 Corinthians 16.

The salutation of Paul and Sosthenes, 1 Corinthians 1:1, 1 Corinthians 1:2. Benediction, 1 Corinthians 1:3. Thanksgiving for the prosperity of the Church at Corinth, 1 Corinthians 1:4. In what that prosperity consisted, 1 Corinthians 1:5-9. The apostle reproves their dissensions, and vindicates himself from being any cause of them, 1 Corinthians 1:10-17. States the simple means which God uses to convert sinners and confound the wisdom of the wise, etc., 18-21. Why the Jews and Greeks did not believe, 1 Corinthians 1:22. The matter of the apostle's preaching, and the reasons why that preaching was effectual to the salvation of men, 1 Corinthians 1:23-29. All should glory in God, because all blessings are dispensed by Him through Christ Jesus, 1 Corinthians 1:30, 1 Corinthians 1:31.

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