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Greeting and Thanksgiving
1#Ro 1:1; Ac 18:17Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes, our brother,
2#Ro 1:7; Ac 18:1To 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 their Lord and ours:
3#Ro 1:7Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4#Ro 1:8I thank my God always on your behalf for the grace of God which has been given to you through Jesus Christ. 5#2Co 8:7; 9:11; Ro 15:14By Him you are enriched in everything, in all speech and in all knowledge, 6#Rev 1:2; 1Ti 2:6even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, 7#Php 3:20; 2Pe 3:12so that you are not lacking in any gift while waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. 8#1Th 3:13; Php 1:6; 1:10He will strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9#1Jn 1:3; Isa 49:7; Dt 7:9God is faithful, and by Him you were called to the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Divisions in the Church
10#1Co 11:18; Php 1:27Now I ask you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak in agreement and that there be no divisions among you. But be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11#1Co 3:3For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brothers, by those who are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12#Jn 1:42; 1Co 9:5Now this is what I mean: Every one of you is saying, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.”
13#Mt 28:19; Ac 2:38Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14#Ac 18:8; Ro 16:23I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15lest any should say that I had baptized in my own name. 16#1Co 16:15; 16:17I also baptized the household of Stephanas. Besides them, I do not know whether I baptized any other. 17#1Co 2:1; 2:13For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with eloquent words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.
Christ the Power and Wisdom of God
18#Ro 1:16; 1Co 1:21For to those who are perishing, the preaching of the cross is foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19#Isa 29:14; Job 5:12–13For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”#Isa 29:14.
20#Ro 1:22; Job 12:17Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has God not made the wisdom of this world foolish? 21For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through its wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of preaching to save those who believe. 22For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom. 23#Gal 5:11; Lk 2:34But we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Greeks. 24#1Co 1:30; 1:18But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, we preach Christ as the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25#1Co 1:18For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26#1Co 1:20For observe your calling, brothers. Among you, not many wise men according to the flesh, not many mighty men, and not many noble men were called. 27#Ps 8:2; 1Co 1:20But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. God has chosen the weak things ofthe world to confound the things which are mighty. 28#Ro 4:17; 1Co 2:6And God has chosen the base things of the world and things which are despised. Yes, and He chose things which did not exist to bring to nothing things that do, 29#Eph 2:9so that no flesh should boast in His presence. 30#Jer 23:5–6; 1Co 1:2But because of Him you are in Christ Jesus, whom God made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. 31#2Co 10:17; Jer 9:23–24Therefore, as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”#Jer 9:24.
1Greetings from Paul. I was chosen to be an apostle of Christ Jesus. God chose me because that is what he wanted. Greetings also from Sosthenes, our brother in Christ.
2To God’s church in Corinth, you who have been made holy because you belong to Christ Jesus. You were chosen to be God’s holy people together with all people everywhere who trust in the Lord#1:2 who trust in the Lord Literally, “who call on the name of the Lord,” meaning to show faith in him by worshiping or praying to him for help. Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours.
3Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul Gives Thanks to God
4I always thank my God for you because of the grace that he has given you through Christ Jesus. 5In him you have been blessed in every way. You have been blessed in all your speaking and all your knowledge. 6This proves that what we told you about Christ is true. 7Now you have every gift from God while you wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to come again. 8He will keep you strong until the end so that on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ comes, you will be free from all blame. 9God is faithful. He is the one who has chosen you to share life with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Stop Arguing With Each Other
10Brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, I beg all of you to agree with each other. You should not be divided into different groups. Be completely joined together again with the same kind of thinking and the same purpose.
11My brothers and sisters, some members of Chloe’s family told me that there are arguments among you. 12This is what I mean: One of you says, “I follow Paul,” and someone else says, “I follow Apollos.” Another says, “I follow Peter,”#1:12 Peter Literally, “Cephas,” the Aramaic name for Peter, one of Jesus’ twelve apostles. Both names mean “rock.” Also in 3:22; 9:6; 15:5. and someone else says, “I follow Christ.” 13Christ cannot be divided into different groups. It wasn’t Paul who died on the cross for you, was it? Were you baptized in Paul’s name? 14I am thankful that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius. 15I am thankful because now no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16(I also baptized the family of Stephanas, but I don’t remember that I myself baptized any others.) 17Christ did not give me the work of baptizing people. He gave me the work of telling the Good News. But he sent me to tell the Good News without using clever speech, which would take away the power that is in the cross#1:17 cross Paul uses the cross as a picture of the Good News, the story of Christ’s death to pay for people’s sins. The cross (Christ’s death) was God’s way to save people. of Christ.
God’s Power and Wisdom in Christ Jesus
18The teaching about the cross seems foolish to those who are lost. But to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19As the Scriptures say,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise.
I will confuse the understanding of the intelligent.” Isaiah 29:14
20So what does this say about the philosopher, the law expert, or anyone in this world who is skilled in making clever arguments? God has made the wisdom of the world look foolish. 21This is what God in his wisdom decided: Since the world did not find him through its own wisdom, he used the message that sounds foolish to save those who believe it.
22The Jews ask for miraculous signs, and the Greeks want wisdom. 23But this is the message we tell everyone: Christ was killed on a cross. This message is a problem for Jews, and to other people it is nonsense. 24But Christ is God’s power and wisdom to the people God has chosen, both Jews and Greeks. 25Even the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom. Even the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
26Brothers and sisters, God chose you to be his. Think about that! Not many of you were wise in the way the world judges wisdom. Not many of you had great influence, and not many of you came from important families. 27But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise. He chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28And God chose what the world thinks is not important—what the world hates and thinks is nothing. He chose these to destroy what the world thinks is important. 29God did this so that no one can stand before him and boast about anything. 30It is God who has made you part of Christ Jesus. And Christ has become for us wisdom from God. He is the reason we are right with God and pure enough to be in his presence. Christ is the one who set us free from sin. 31So, as the Scriptures say, “Whoever boasts should boast only about the Lord.”#Quote from Jer. 9:24.