I’ve decided to start off this new series with 1 Corinthians. I’ll be reading the chapter with the New Living Translation, but feel free to read the chapter with whatever translation you understand the best. Eventually, I hope to go through the entire Bible.
1 Corinthians 1 (NLT)
Paul wrote this letter to the church of Corinth as stated in verse 2. In my experience with reading Paul’s letters, I’ve noticed that Paul writes with a friendly, yet stern nature. It’s like he’s our good friend and giving us advice.
Let’s start with the first section, Paul gives thanks to God. Basically this section is talking about how God has given us gifts to prepare us for when He comes back. With all the preparation, we’ll be ready when Jesus comes back. Spiritual gifts can be thought of as superpowers that help enhance your way of living. With these “powers”, we are able to give glory to God with them and also use them to prepare ourselves. But not everyone gets spiritual gifts. As written in verse 4, Paul writes, “I always thank my God for you and for the gracious gifts he has given you, now that you belong to Christ Jesus.” Once you’ve accepted Christ as your savior, you’ll be granted gifts that will help you out. You won’t immediately find out what your gifts are, so be patient. When you do, make sure you use it so that it always glorifies God.
In the second section, Divisions in the Church, it basically talks about how there should be no other devotion besides for God. There shouldn’t even be any divisions in our church – no quarrels or separations within the church. “I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.” 1 Corinthians 1:10 (NLT) We know that God is a jealous God, so Paul writes about how the church should focus on the most important thing. He gives examples of how he didn’t die for our sins and no one was baptized in his name even though he physically baptized people. Our job is to proclaim the word of God to others and to help strengthen others, but not to claim God’s word as our own because it is only through God that we are able.
The third section of the chapter is called, The Wisdom of God. This section was a little difficult for me to understand and get the point out of, but it basically talks about how human we are. We are not God and God is not human. We cannot understand him through our human knowledge. He only saves those who trusts Him, so God’s plan of sending His son to die for our sins was the greatest plan of all. God’s wisdom is the wisest of them all. In the next paragraph starting with verse 26, what I think it means is that we need to humble ourselves. I quote from Bright’s commentary, “God does not depend on what people can offer him. Everyone needs God’s forgiveness. No one can be satisfied with himself in front of God.” Lastly, since God is a jealous God, we should only boast about God. There should be no other God besides God. Nothing should be more important than God. We should only be proud of what God has done.
That’s all for 1 Corinthians 1. Next week we’ll continue with 1 Corinthians, but move onto the next chapter.
Have a great day,