This volume continues Godet’s commentary on 1 Corinthians. He devotes significant attention to Paul’s advice to the church in Corinth regarding the role of women in public worship, the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, and spiritual gifts—issues which remain at the center of church controversies 2,000 years later. Godet closes his commentary with a detailed exposition of chapter 15 and the resurrection of the body. This volume also includes chapters on the historicity of 1 Corinthians, the ecclesiastical offices of the church in Corinth, and the criticism of the text.
“Any grave corruption in teaching immediately vitiates the body of Christ. The apostle opened his letter by laying down as the foundation of his work, Christ crucified; he concludes it by presenting as the crown of his work, Christ risen.” (Page 321)
“They no doubt beheld that work, according to Job 38:7, with songs of joy, but without any co-operation on their part being indicated. We are called rather to bear in mind, that, according to Luke 15:7, 10, the angels in heaven hail the conversion of every sinner; that, according to Eph. 3:10, they behold with adoration the infinitely diversified wonders which the Divine Spirit works within the Church; that, according to 1 Tim. 5:21, they are, as well as God and Jesus Christ, witnesses of the ministry of Christ’s servants; finally, that, in this very Epistle (4:9), they form along with men that intelligent universe which is the spectator of the apostolical struggles and sufferings.” (Page 123)
“They all agree in regarding death as setting man free from the bonds of the body, and in making the immortality of the soul, of the soul alone, the object of their hope.” (Page 323)
“Love is the end in relation to which the two other virtues are only means” (Page 262)
Godet, in all his commentaries, shows a scholarly breadth of familiarity with the commentators who preceded him. Many of their interpretations are stated and refuted in order to present that which the author feels is the correct interpretation of the passage. One can in reading this work avail himself of a clear summary of the views of many various writers. The author was respected as a theologian, hence his work has depth, and was revered as a Greek scholar and exegete, and thus his work has accuracy.
[Frédéric Louis Godet] has many qualifications for his work. One of the most needful exists in an eminent degree—a hearty sympathy with the book he is expounding. He does not approach it from the outside, but the inside, having a heartfelt experience of the power of the blessedness of its truths.
—Talbot W. Chambers