Week Thirty-Three

THE FIRST LETTER TO THE CORINTHIANS 

  • During the Apostle Paul’s second missionary journey he visited CORINTH in Greece (Acts 18:1-11).
  • Later, while he was at Ephesus during his third journey (Acts 19), he wrote to the ‘ecclesia’ (church) at Corinth where meanwhile disunity and strife had arisen and some of the first principles of behaviour and belief were seriously neglected.
  • Paul re-states the unity of the Gospel, based as it is on ‘Jesus Christ and him crucified’ (1 Cor 2:2).  The Gospel of a crucified Messiah was a stumbling block for Jews and foolishness to the Greeks (Gentiles), but yet is the ONLY means of salvation (1 Cor 1:23).
  • To be ‘in Christ’ and to remember him as the Head of the church, without whom we have no hope is the theme of this wonderful epistle. Christ is risen indeed and our faith lives because of him.

 DAILY READINGS AND NOTES – WEEK THIRTY-THREE  

Day 1:1 Corinthians 1 Verses 26-31. Humble faith in Christ is better than all the worldly wisdom. See Jeremiah 9: 23-24.
Day 2:1 Corinthians 2 God has much in store for those whose wisdom is based on the Bible (verses 9-10). By this means we have the mind of Christ (verse 16).
Day 3:1 Corinthians 3 Verses 18-20. Those whose trust is in God will inherit all things; but beware of bad conduct (verse 17).
Day 4:1 Corinthians 10 Verses 1-12. Humility demands that we recognise that we can fail as Israel did in the wilderness. But God is merciful even in temptation (verse 13).
Day 5:1 Corinthians 11 Verses 23-26. The regular remembrance of CHRIST (in the Bread and Wine) was ordained by him, 'until he comes' (verse 26).
Day 6:1 Corinthians 13 This is one of the most loved chapters in the Bible. The abiding quality of Divine Love, demonstrated in Christ, must be seen in us also.
Day 7:1 Corinthians 15 The death and resurrection of Christ were foretold in the Old Testament (verses 3-4 and Luke 24: 25-27,44). Those in CHRIST will be raised from the dead at his coming. See verses 22-23.