1 corinthians 1 commentary
November 13th, 2020

Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.” Is Christ divided? According as it is written - In Jeremiah 9:23, Jeremiah 9:24; : Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might; let not the rich man glory in his riches; but let him that glorieth glory in this: That he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord, which exercise loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth. God left a great part of the world to follow the dictates of man's boasted reason, and the event has shown that human wisdom is folly, and is unable to find or retain the knowledge of God as the Creator. But unto them which are called - Τοις κλητοις . b. The salutation of Paul and Sosthenes, 1 Corinthians 1:1, 1 Corinthians 1:2. When he had thus prepared their minds to receive and profit by his admonitions he proceeds to their schisms, which he mentions and reprehends in the most delicate manner, so that the most obstinate and prejudiced could take no offense. No one will stand before God and declare, “I figured You out” or “You did it just like I thought You should.” God’s ways are greater and higher, and nothing of the flesh will glory in His presence. His replacement was a man named Sosthenes, who was beaten by the Roman officials in a bit of anti-Semitic backlash against the Jews who tried to persecute Paul. And where God has given these two gifts, he has given great power for usefulness. See Whitby on this verse. To those who believe this doctrine of Christ crucified is the power of God to their salvation; it is divinely efficacious to deliver them from all the power, guilt, and pollution of sin. That no flesh should glory - God does his mighty works in such a way as proves that though he may condescend to employ men as instruments, yet they have no part either in the contrivance or energy by which such works are performed. Those that wait for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, will be kept by him to the end; and those that are so, will be blameless in the day of Christ, made so by rich and free grace. Because it was becoming a divisive issue, Paul was therefore grateful that he had not baptized very many in Corinth (lest anyone should say that I had baptized in my own name). Yet, these positives were no great credit to the Corinthian Christians themselves. It was not by the foolishness of preaching, literally, nor by the foolish preaching, that God saved the world; but by that Gospel which they called μωρια, foolishness; which was, in fact, the wisdom of God, and also the power of God to the salvation of them that believed. Grace be unto you - For a full explanation of all these terms, see the notes on Romans 1:7. Who became for us: Jesus is not only wisdom for us; He is also righteousness and sanctification and redemption. “I am of Cephas”: There was the “Peter Party,” who declared “We are following in the footsteps of the man who is first among all the apostles. Jesus does not belong to any one “party.” These cliques ignore the truth of unity over all diversity in the church, even if they were all in the name of spirituality. This wisdom is often in contradiction to man’s expectation. i. One day, students in one of Albert Einstein’s classes were saying they had decided that there was no God. Dr. Lightfoot observes: "If this be Gaius, or Caius, to whom the third epistle of John was written, which is very probable when the first verse of that epistle ( 3 John 1:1;) is compared with Romans 16:23, then it will appear probable that John wrote his first epistle to the Corinthians.

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