1 Corinthians 1
Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and
Sosthenes our brother,||
Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in
Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon
the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their's and our's:||
Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus
(1:7-8) Paul expected Jesus to return within the lifetime of his followers.|
What the Bible says about the end of the world
(1:7) "Waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."
(1:8) "Be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ."
(1:10) (Jehovah's Witnesses) "Now I exhort you, brothers ... that you should all speak in agreement,
and that there should not be divisions among you, but that you may be fitly united in the same mind and in the same line of
The Governing Body uses this verse to control the thoughts and beliefs of Jehovah’s
Witnesses. They are instructed not to accept or read the religious literature of others, not to
listen to criticism of the Watchtower Society's teachings, and to fight against independent thinking.
(1:12) "I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ."
Christians started out divided (into followers of Paul, Apollos, Cephas, or Christ), and it has remained so ever since.
(1:14-16) Poor Paul is confused. First he says that
he baptized no one. Well, except for Crispus and Gaius. And maybe Stephanus and
his household. He can't remember if he did it to anyone else.
(1:14) "I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius."
(1:15) "Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name."
(1:16) "And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other."
(1:19-20) God: the destroyer of wisdom
Is wisdom a good thing?
(1:19) "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent."
(1:20) "Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?"
(1:21) "It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe."
God saves fools and is pleased with their foolishness.
Is it good to be foolish?
I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given
you by Jesus Christ;
That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all
Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:
So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord
Who shall also confirm you unto the end,
that ye may be blameless in the
day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye
all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that
ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are
of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of
Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the
name of Paul?
I thank God that I
baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;
Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.
And I baptized also the
household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.
For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with
wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but
unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the
understanding of the prudent.
Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this
world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased
God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto
the Greeks foolishness;
But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of
God, and the wisdom of God.
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God
is stronger than men.
For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the
flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
But God hath chosen the
foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the
weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;||
(1:27) "God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise."|
Is God the author of confusion?
And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God
chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
That no flesh should glory in his presence.||
But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and
righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:||
That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the