G43 I CORINTHIANS
(As many lengthy sections are recommended here, these are better read from the Bible. Hyperlinks are used for shorter passages for convenience - PN)
This letter of St. Paul was sent to the Church that he founded in Corinth. Sadly divisions have arisen in the Christian congregation, and the Apostle is anxious that there shall be no rifts among them. As their "Founding Father", St. Paul lays down strict codes of behaviour for this Church, dealing in detail with matters such as sexual immorality, lawsuits, marriage bonds, slavery, food laws, the worship of idols and the subordination of woman to man. Most of this ethical teaching is omitted here, but there are some wonderfully deep religious insights contained in this letter.
The letter begins with an expression of faith in his converts
and an appeal not to be disunited. The Apostle declares that
the message he delivered is one of simplicity, yet of spiritual
ICorinthians 1.vv.1-17, and 2.vv.1-13
St. Paul returns to the theme of disunity and quarrelling and
emphasises that those who founded the Church are but servants
of God, building upon Christ as the foundation.
ICorinthians 3.vv.5-11, vv.16-23
After giving detailed instructions about the conduct of Christians
as in the introduction to this letter, St. Paul ends with an important
passage referring to the institution of "Holy Communion".
The Apostle now gives details of spiritual gifts and their use
in building up the "Body of Christ" - His Church.
One of the best known and best loved passages of this letter is
St. Paul's "Hymn to Love".
The Apostle now deals with the phenomena of prophecy and "speaking
The important Chapter 15 contains a summary of the gospel message
which St. Paul delivered to the Corinthian Church, and his teaching
about the Resurrection of the Dead.
The letter ends with the Apostle's final injunction and greetings.
ICorinthians 16.vv.13-14, vv.20-21, v.24