Scripture: I Corinthians 1

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Paul Addresses Corinthian Church

1 Corinthians 1:1-3 (WEB) Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, to the assembly of God which is at Corinth—those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called saints, with all who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, both theirs and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Questions and Answers:

1. How was Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 1:1)? Paul was called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God.

2. To whom was this letter written (I Corinthians 1:2)? This letter was written to the church of God in Corinth. To those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, and were calling upon the name of Jesus Christ.

3. Who sent grace and peace to the Corinthians (I Corinthians 1:3)? Grace and peace were sent from God and Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving

1 Corinthians 1:4-9 (WEB) I always thank my God concerning you, for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus; that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge; even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: so that you come behind in no gift; waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ; who will also confirm you until the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, through whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Questions and Answers:

1. For what was Paul always thanking God (I Corinthians 1:4)? Paul thanked God always on their behalf, for God’s grace which was given to believers by Jesus Christ.

2. According to Paul, in what had the Corinthians been enriched (I Corinthians 1:5)? In everything the Corinthians were enriched by Jesus Christ – in all utterance and in all knowledge.

3. What did Paul say had been confirmed in the Corinthians (I Corinthians 1:6)? The testimony of Christ was confirmed in them.

4. What did the Corinthians not lack (I Corinthians 1:7)? The Corinthians didn’t lack any spiritual gifts as they eagerly waited for the Lord Jesus’ coming.

5. Who will confirm (keep strong) the Corinthians until the end (I Corinthians 1:8)? Jesus Christ will confirm them unto the end.

6. Who is faithful (I Corinthians 1:9a)? God is faithful.

7. By whom were they called into the fellowship of Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 1:9b)? God called them into the fellowship of Jesus Christ.

Division In The Church

1 Corinthians 1:10-17 (WEB) 10 Now I beg you, brothers, through the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it has been reported to me concerning you, my brothers, by those who are from Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now I mean this, that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” “I follow Apollos,” “I follow Cephas,” and, “I follow Christ.” 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized into the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so that no one should say that I had baptized you into my own name. 16 (I also baptized the household of Stephanas; besides them, I don’t know whether I baptized any other.) 17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Good News—not in wisdom of words, so that the cross of Christ wouldn’t be made void.

Questions and Answers:

1. What did Paul beseech (ask) the Corinthians to do (I Corinthians 1:10)? Paul beseeched the brethren to speak the same thing and that there to be no divisions among them. He wanted them to be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

2. What had Paul been told by the house of Chloe (I Corinthians 1:11)? Paul had been told there was contentions among the brethren.

3. About what were the brethren quarreling (I Corinthians 1:12)? The brethren were favoring different preachers.

4. About whom and about what did Paul question the brethren (I Corinthians 1:13)? Paul asked was Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for them? Were they baptized in the name of Paul?

5. What did Paul say Christ did not and did send him to do (I Corinthians 1:17)? Paul said Christ didn’t send him to baptize but to preach the gospel.

Christ The Wisdom and Power of God

1 Corinthians 1:18-31 (WEB) 18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are dying, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise. I will bring the discernment of the discerning to nothing.” 20 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the lawyer of this world? Hasn’t God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For seeing that in the wisdom of God, the world through its wisdom didn’t know God, it was God’s good pleasure through the foolishness of the preaching to save those who believe. 22 For Jews ask for signs, Greeks seek after wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews, and foolishness to Greeks, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God; 25 because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For you see your calling, brothers, that not many are wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, and not many noble; 27 but God chose the foolish things of the world that He might put to shame those who are wise. God chose the weak things of the world that He might put to shame the things that are strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of the world, and the things that are despised, and the things that don’t exist, that He might bring to nothing the things that exist, 29 that no flesh should boast before God. 30 Because of Him, you are in Christ Jesus, who was made to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption: 31 that, as it is written, “He who boasts, let him boast in the Lord.”

Questions and Answers:

1. What is the preaching of the cross (I Corinthians 1:18)? The preaching of the cross is to those who perish foolishness, but unto those who are saved it is the power of God.

2. What is written about wisdom and understanding (I Corinthians 1:19)? God will destroy the wisdom of the wise and will bring to nothing (frustrate) the understanding (intelligence) of the prudent (intelligent).

3. What is wiser and stronger than men (I Corinthians 1:25)? The foolishness of God is wiser than men. The weakness of God is stronger than men.

4. Who are not called (I Corinthians 1:26)? Not many wise men, not many mighty men and not many noble men are called.

5. What has God chosen to both confound the wise and to confound the things which are mighty (I Corinthians 1:27)? God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound (shame) the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound (shame) the things which are mighty (strong).

6. What did God chose to bring to nought (to nullify) the things that are (I Corinthians 1:28)? God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are.

7. Why did God do this (I Corinthians 1:29)? God did this so that no one may boast before Him.

8. In whom should we boast and why (I Corinthians 1:30-31)? We should boast in the Lord.  It is because of Him that we are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, righteousness, holiness and redemption.

HEAR the WORD

1 Corinthians 1:20-24 (AMP) 20 Where is the wise man (philosopher)? Where is the scribe (scholar)? Where is the debater (logician, orator) of this age? Has God not exposed the foolishness of this world’s wisdom? 21 For since the world through all its [earthly] wisdom failed to recognize God, God in His wisdom was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached [regarding salvation] to save those who believe [in Christ and welcome Him as Savior]. 22 For Jews demand signs (attesting miracles), and Greeks pursue [worldly] wisdom and philosophy, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, [a message which is] to Jews a stumbling block [that provokes their opposition], and to Gentiles foolishness [just utter nonsense], 24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks (Gentiles), Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  My Bible notes: Many Jews considered the Good News of Jesus Christ to be foolish because they thought the Messiah would be a conquering king accompanied by signs and miracles.  Greeks considered the gospel foolish too.  They didn’t believe in a bodily resurrection; they did not see in Jesus the powerful characteristics of their mythological gods; and they thought no reputable person would be crucified.  To them, death was defeat, not victory.

MEMORIZE the WORD

I Corinthians 1:18 For 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.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

I purpose to love and live the message of the cross.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

I choose to share the Good News of the gospel with others.  Christ died for our sins and if we believe in Him we will receive eternal life.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray each of us will hear and respond to Your call on our life (I Corinthians 1:1-2).  Lord, I pray we too will receive Your grace and Your peace (I Corinthians 1:3). Lord, I ask You to enrich us in every way – in all we speak and all we know (I Corinthians 1:4-5). Lord, I pray we will lack no spiritual gifts as we wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed (I Corinthians 1:7). Lord, I ask You to keep us strong to the end, so that we will be found blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ’s return (I Corinthians 1:8). Lord, thank You for being faithful (I Corinthians 1:9).  Lord, I pray for our fellowship to have no divisions among us.  I pray we will be perfectly united in mind and thought (I Corinthians 1:10).  Lord, thank You for choosing us (I Corinthians 1:27-28). Lord, I will boast in You (I Corinthians 1:31).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I boast in Christ alone.” <>< Dona