1 Corinthians 1

1 Corinthians 1:1-31

1  Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,

2  To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

3  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

4  I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus,

5  that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge,

6  even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you,

7  so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,

8  who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

9  God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

10  Now I plead with you, brethren, by 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 perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

11  For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you.

12  Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.”

13  Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

14  I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius,

15  lest anyone should say that I had baptized in my own name.

16  Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas. Besides, I do not know whether I baptized any other.

17  For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.

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.


20  Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

21  For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.

22  For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom;

23  but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness,

24  but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ 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, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.

27  But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;

28  and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,

29  that no flesh should glory in His presence.

30  But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—

31  that, as it is written, “HE WHO GLORIES, LET HIM GLORY IN THE LORD.”

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10 months ago

There is a very natural tendency for revelation received to become magnified along with the one through whom it came. There is actually a need for this if there is to be necessary attention given to it with corresponding actions that will make it effective. Paul commends the Corinthians for their reception of this truth in Christ that has set them apart from the many who did not do anything with this gospel presented to everyone. However, he also points out the danger in allowing magnifying of a discovered truth to become a reason for feeling elevated above someone else, separated from them by attachment to a more impressive personality and its charismatic presentation. The things that are truly from God and rightly represent His heart will not be those deep, complicated things that produce segregation between the “learned” and those who are “simple”. He actually works through those “simple” things that come from the same Lord and the same wisdom that doesn’t have anything to do with the flesh and its need for competition and being better than someone else. The power and the wisdom that comes from God and produces His purpose in His body is one that humbly positions itself to lift others up even when they might not have yet received the current revelation of notice. The volume of understanding yet to be known is so much greater than that little bit that is so gloriously found in one teaching and its teacher. Rather than getting lured into a perception that will yield dangerous repercussions of pride and division, there is an opportunity to remain joined with the One who is the same Lord of all and allow deference to Him to override any other allegiance.

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