Paul's Letter To The Corinthian Church Analysis

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This passage I have chosen was part of the extensive letter written by the apostle Paul around 54 AD, to the Greek church in the cosmopolitan city of Corinth, which was primarily made up of non-Jews. Paul’s letter was a reply to a letter he had received from the Corinthian church (1 Corinthians 7:1) and also to reports he had received detailing divisive issues in the church (1 Corinthians 1:11) In 1 Corinthians, Paul extensively encourages and corrects this new church in all kinds of practical issues, while also framing his writings with the events of the cross and the resurrection, as “everything else in the letter must be understood in light of these”. Just as Jesus is the central point of history, so our love for Him and intimate relationship with Him,
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The new fledgling church had so much to learn, and so many habits and mindsets to unlearn. Paul’s admonition was in a nutshell, that our highest motive should be to exalt God in whatever we do. For example, as Martin Luther once stated, “A dairymaid can milk cows to the glory of God”. The secret is in doing everything as unto the Lord.”

Everything was so new to these baby believers, and they needed counsel on so many issues. Paul lived an exemplary life in his role of an apostle, and he was not ashamed to tell them to do as he did, as he lived in close communion with God, and was inspired in all he said and wrote by the Holy Spirit. Paul had endless patience with their many questions, their teething problems and growing pains. As this way of living was so completely new to them, and Jesus was no longer around in person, he said in effect, “Copy me”! Paul’s heart’s cry was for the salvation of all, and as a former persecutor of the church, he earned an audience among the people as the transformation in his life must have been incredible for all to see. When he spoke, people

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