The evidence of Christ has been clearly verified in your lives. Enter your credit card information to ensure uninterrupted service following your free trial. Paul had received information from several sources concerning the conditions existing in the church at Corinth. I’ll turn conventional wisdom on its head. The necessity of exercising the gifts in love (, The superiority of prophecy over tongues (, The Consideration of Certain Objections (, Conclusion: Practical and Personal Matters (. And he didn’t send me to do it with a lot of fancy rhetoric of my own, lest the powerful action at the center—Christ on the Cross—be trivialized into mere words. The Message Large-Print Devotional Bible--soft leather-look, brown, The Essential Evangelical Parallel Bible (NKJV/ESV/NLT/. (Come to think of it, I also baptized Stephanas’s family, but as far as I can recall, that’s it.). The city of Corinth, perched like a one-eyed Titan astride the narrow isthmus connecting the Greek mainland with the Peloponnese, was one of the dominant commercial centers of the Mediterranean world as early as the eighth century b.c. Hasn’t God exposed it all as pretentious nonsense? Hasn’t God exposed it all as pretentious nonsense? Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. He will never give up on you. 1 Corinthians 2 The Message (MSG) 2 1-2 You’ll remember, friends, that when I first came to you to let you in on God’s master stroke, I didn’t try to impress you with polished speeches and the latest philosophy. of Update. The Contemporary Parallel New Testament with KJV, NIV, NKJV, NASB, and more! Learn more. Was a single one of you baptized in Paul’s name?” I was not involved with any of your baptisms—except for Crispus and Gaius—and on getting this report, I’m sure glad I wasn’t. 18-21 The Message that points to Christ on the Cross seems like sheer silliness to those hellbent on destruction, but for those on the way of salvation it makes perfect sense. I send this letter to you in God’s church at Corinth, believers cleaned up by Jesus and set apart for a God-filled life. Christians are still powerfully influenced by their cultural environment, and most of the questions and problems that confronted the church at Corinth are still very much with us -- problems like immaturity, instability, divisions, jealousy and envy, lawsuits, marital difficulties, sexual immorality and misuse of spiritual gifts. Immorality had plagued the Corinthian assembly almost from the beginning. The fountain-house of the spring Peirene, the temple of Apollo, the macellum or meat market (1Co 10:25) and the theater, the bema (Ac 18:12), and the unimpressive synagogue all played a part in the experience of the apostle. It is clear from his reference to staying at Ephesus until Pentecost (16:8) that he intended to remain there somewhat less than a year when he wrote 1 Corinthians. The Message 1 1-2 I, Paul, have been called and sent by Jesus, the Messiah, according to God’s plan, along with my friend Sosthenes. Advance your knowledge of Scripture with this resource library of over 40 reference books, including commentaries and Study Bible notes. Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your free trial. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. And not only that, but God himself is right alongside to keep you steady and on track until things are all wrapped up by Jesus. Was Paul crucified for you? 1 Corinthians Theme. That’s why we have the saying, “If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.”, Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson, The Message (MSG). An integrated digital Bible study library - including complete notes from the Believer's Bible Commentary and the Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (NIV and NRSV) - is just a step away! It looks like you’re already subscribed to Bible Gateway Plus! I include in my greeting all who call out to Jesus, wherever they live. He’s their Master as well as ours! This is the way God works, and most powerfully as it turns out.