The cosmopolitan city of Corinth was the site of one of the apostle Paul’s greatest evangelistic successes. However, the church he founded was full of contention, ranging from questions about leadership to incest. Some Christians were taking fellow believers to court. There were issues concerning marriage, celibacy, food offered to idols, public worship, and spiritual gifts. In response, Paul offered some of his most profound thinking on the body of Christ, love, and Jesus’ cross and resurrection.
In this Tyndale commentary Thomas Schreiner explains the text of the letter, highlights its major theological themes, and points to its relevance for today.
The Tyndale Commentaries are designed to help the reader of the Bible understand what the text says and what it means. The Introduction to each book gives a concise but thorough treatment of its authorship, date, original setting, and purpose. Following a structural Analysis, the Commentary takes the book section by section, drawing out its main themes, and also comments on individual verses and problems of interpretation. Additional Notes provide fuller discussion of particular difficulties.
In the new New Testament volumes, the commentary on each section of the text is structured under three headings: Context, Comment, and Theology. The goal is to explain the true meaning of the Bible and make its message plain.
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“The best explanation for the problems in Corinth is that the church was affected by the secular world, by the paganism and worldliness that was endemic in Corinth.” (Page 14)
“The fundamental problem with the congregation was pride and worldliness.” (Page 15)
“I suggest that prophecy is communicating revelation from God in a spontaneous utterance.52” (Page 259)
“What we do see is that the Corinthians were inclined to throw in their lot with the values and culture of secular society.” (Page 15)
“The first letter to the Corinthians speaks to us today because the problems addressed still afflict us. Believers are tempted to fawn on the rich, to hobnob with the elite, to curry favour with the powerful and to acclaim intellectuals. Divisions arise because of stubborn pride which represents the exaltation of self. At the same time, sexual sin, whereby the desires of the body are pursued, compromise the holiness of the church. When our doctrines are adjusted to fit the society we live in and our spiritual gifts become a barometer of our spirituality, we see that the errors of the Corinthians are still with us today.” (Page 16)
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