Although separated by nearly two thousand years of history, there are many similarities between the church in Corinth and the world of today. The Corinthian church was riveted by factions that threatened to tear it apart. Paul had to handle strong differences of opinion among the Christians on such topics as marriage, lawsuits, meat sacrificed to idols, worship, and Christian doctrine. Similarly, the world today—and all too often the church as well—is in danger of a terminal fragmentation, a new tribalism.
In the course of his commentary on this magnificent letter, Craig L. Blomberg details the issues Paul raises and provides expert analysis of each one of them. In each case the world’s wisdoms—human reason, unbridled freedom, litigation, no-fault divorce are modern equivalents—is contrasted with the values of God-given wisdom—purity, forgiveness, reconciliation, and mutual faithfulness. In this volume, discover not only the original meaning of 1 Corinthians, but also how Paul's message can speak powerfully today.
“More positively, most interpreters agree that one timeless principle that may be deduced from this passage is that Christians should not try to blur all distinctions between the sexes.” (Page 214)
“Yes, it is true that men and women are equal in Christ before God, but that does not mean that all differences between the sexes may be blurred.” (Page 208)
“There is a wisdom that all Christians have by the mere fact that they have the Spirit living in them, but it is appropriated only when they yield themselves to the Spirit rather than act in accordance with the desires of the flesh—their fallen human nature.” (Page 63)
“Perhaps the best perspective, therefore, is to take Paul’s commands as prohibiting women from participating in the final church decisions about the legitimacy of any given prophecy.” (Page 281)
“First Corinthians 8:1–13 introduces the problem and its two-pronged solution: freedom in principle to eat when there are no inherently anti-Christian implications involved, but voluntary abstention when other Christians might be damaged by one’s freedom.” (Page 160)
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