1 Corinthians 1 Preach the Good News
Posted by adventbiblestudy on August 5, 2013
1 Corinthians 1:4-10 NLTse (4) I always thank my God for you and for the gracious gifts he has given you, now that you belong to Christ Jesus. (5) Through him, God has enriched your church in every way—with all of your eloquent words and all of your knowledge. (6) This confirms that what I told you about Christ is true. (7) . (8) He will keep you strong to the end so that you will be Now you have every spiritual gift you need as you eagerly wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns. (9) God will do this, for he is faithful to do what he says, and he has invited you into partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (10) 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.
Paul covers a number of interesting points in the introduction of his letter to the Corinthians. He tells them they have every gift from God to make the church work. To accomplish their goals. Paul also points out one of the most important aspects of what the church is given to teach, partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Corinthians 1:13 NLTse (13) Has Christ been divided into factions? Was I, Paul, crucified for you? Were any of you baptized in the name of Paul? Of course not!
This is really personal. The last church I attended was divided into 2 main factions. One believed new members needed to be baptized into a person in addition to Christ. The other faction believed new members needed to take an oath to the person. It divided the church.
1 Corinthians 1:17-18 NLTse (17) For Christ didn’t send me to baptize, but to preach the Good News–and not with clever speech, for fear that the cross of Christ would lose its power. (18) The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.
Paul explained exactly what the Good News is in the beginning of his Letter to the Romans.
Romans 1:2-4 NLTse God promised this Good News long ago through his prophets in the holy Scriptures. (3) The Good Newsis about his Son, Jesus. In his earthly life he was born into King David’s family line, (4) and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Good News is all about Jesus’ life on earth when He fulfilled over 300 prophecies about the Messiah. This is the message the church is given and equipped to teach. Being raised from the dead was not the only detail proving Jesus is God’s Son. Paul tells us the Good News is given through God’s prophets in the holy Scriptures. Paul tells us how serious the message is.
1 Corinthians 1:19 NLTse (19) As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.”
Jeremiah 8:8-9 NLTse “‘How can you say, “We are wise because we have the word of the LORD,” when your teachers have twisted it by writing lies? (9) These wise teachers will fall into the trap of their own foolishness, for they have rejected the word of the LORD. Are they so wise after all?
Paul points us back to a prophecy that has been repeated time after time throughout history. People like to change God’s Word. I’m not sure why. Do they think spreading their message will bring them eternal life or some kind of favor with God?
1 Corinthians 1:20-22 NLTse (20) So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish. (21) Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe. (22) It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven. And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom.
What does it mean when Paul says, ” the world would never know him through human wisdom?” Isn’t that where most people get their information about God? Don’t most people learn everything they know about Jesus from another person? Isn’t that the way of the world? Let someone else tell you about Heavenly things? Let someone explain God’s plan of salvation to you? Can they tell you how you fit into God’s plan of salvation?
1 Corinthians 1:23-26 NLTse (23) So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense. (24) But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. (25) This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength. (26) Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you.
When looking at Paul’s letters one thing is evident. Paul consistently quotes scripture. When we look at Paul’s letters as instructions to the new and budding churches springing up throughout the Roman empire, we can see Paul is teaching how to experience unlimited spiritual growth. Two main features stand out in Paul’s simple instructions. A close personal relationship with Jesus is the first step. Relying on the Spirit to personally guide you through scripture is the second. Paul emphasizes this by quoting text after text. Looking up and reviewing texts Paul quoted will not only help you understand lessons Paul is teaching, the Old Testament texts will show a much deeper meaning. Learning to teach like Paul is open to everyone. This is one point Paul wanted to the Corinthians to understand. Now you have every spiritual gift you need as you eagerly wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.