The city of ancient Corinth in its day was like Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and New York all rolled into one. Sexual immorality, pagan idolatry, materialism, superficiality, and individualism marked the Corinthian culture and plagued the Corinthian church. Paul wrote 1 Corinthians to address these issues to teach Corinthian Christians how to live undefiled lives, in harmony with one another, in order to impact a fallen and depraved culture for Christ. The same controversies, temptations, and divisions that rocked the Corinthian church are no less prevalent in the daily life of our modern Christian churches today. Yet there are very few contemporary commentaries on 1 Corinthians. That is why The Lectio Continua Commentary on 1 Corinthians by Kim Riddlebarger is so timely.
“While sinful men and women mock the cross because they claim to be wise, God, in turn, mocks them, because from God’s perspective, human wisdom is nothing but sinful folly. If you have ever wondered why Christianity is so difficult for non-Christians to understand and accept, here God’s Word provides the answer.” (Page 26)
“eating together in the first century Mediterranean world indicated that a bond of” (Pages 274–275)
“. He is also free from the condemnation of the law because Christ has borne our” (Page 213)
“Many of those thought to possess these divine powers and abilities would offer up ecstatic utterances (like speaking in tongues), engage in religious frenzies, fall into trances, and so on.” (Page 305)
“dominated by pagan ways of thinking and doing, along with all the things that go with such a perspective” (Page 8)
Dr. Riddlebarger has been a visiting professor at Westminster Seminary California since 2000. He is a minister in the United Reformed Churches in North America and senior pastor of Christ Reformed Church in Anaheim, California. He has taught as adjunct professor of systematic theology and apologetics at Simon Greenleaf University and was visiting professor in Reformation studies at Concordia University. He has co-hosted the White Horse Inn national radio broadcast since 1990. He regularly contributes articles to Modern Reformation, Tabletalk and is a scholar of the theology of B.B. Warfield. Among his publications are The Man of Sin: Uncovering the Truth about the Antichrist, A Case for Amillennialism: Understanding the End Times, Power Religion (contributor), Christ the Lord (contributor), and Roman Catholicism: Evangelicals Analyze What Unites and What Divides Us (contributor).