For each section of the Bible, the Focus on the Bible Commentaries summarize the passage of Scripture, including the intentions of the authors, the historical and cultural environment, and the questions and issues raised by a particular passage. But most importantly, the Focus on the Bible Commentaries brings you into the heart of the Bible, by explaining Scripture in an accessible way that makes sense for daily Christian living.
First Corinthians is Paul's masterly pastoral letter to a church, which he founded five years earlier, but which in the meantime has lost its way. In Ephesus, Paul was visited by various groups from Corinth bringing disturbing reports of recent developments, but also a list of questions. A little sleuthing helps us recover an idea of the problems in Corinth as well as the questions to which they wanted answers. A less imaginative person may have simply addressed the problems and replied to the questions, but not Paul. Paul discerned in the problems and the questions five underlying issues:
This letter is both timely and timeless. It was, doubtless, piercingly relevant for the Corinthians as they sat transfixed listening as it was read to them. But the letter continues to challenge readers today as they apply its principles to life in an increasingly unstable and hostile world—as Corinth was.
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“The sarkinoi are believers who have made little progress in their understanding and who need to ‘grow up’ in the Lord by submitting to good teaching and by behaving in a godly way.” (Page 51)
“Rather, he analyses these reports and questions and finds five broad topics. These he presents as a sequence of pastoral sermons for the upbuilding of the church in Corinth and elsewhere. Paul takes his readers through each topic with meticulous care. It is important they know his teachings, yet in such a way that they learn to think in a Christian way.” (Pages 15–16)
“Just this: the Corinthians must not think that the benefits of Christian baptism and the Supper of the Lord will help them if they plunge headlong into paths of disobedience against the revealed will of God.” (Page 170)
“Quite simply, by ‘conscience’ Paul means our understanding of the gospel as it impacts on behaviour.” (Page 142)
“Rather, Paul probably means that God treats their marriage union as ‘holy’ on account of the partner who is one of God’s ‘holy’ ones.” (Page 116)
A scholar's eye for background detail, a preacher's careful attention to meaning, a pastor's application to the challenges of our contemporary context. All three combine in this clear-minded and warm-hearted exposition of 1st Corinthians, to make Paul's great letter come alive with sparkling insights and pressing relevance.
—David Jackman, former President, The Proclamation Trust