Paul’s Letter to Corinthians
The apostle Paul addresses early day Christians
Most scholars date Paul’s writing to the believers in Corinth to 54-55 AD. He wrote this letter from Ephesus. He addressed his letter to the believers in Christ who were living in Corinth. Corinth was a thriving, cosmopolitan city of the province then known as; Achaia which was part of the Roman Empire. Corinth was not far from Athens, Greece. Ephesus was just across the Aegean Sea, also not far from Athens and Corinth. I am giving these facts as a way of giving us a present day perspective of the place and time of the apostle’s authorship of this interesting book of the New Testament.
The Corinthians were living in a culture not unlike that of our modern day cities. It was a place of much diversity, culture, commerce, paganism, immorality and great wealth. The apostle Paul was very concerned with the spiritual health of the people of Corinth. Today, aren’t we concerned about the same virtue of our nation, our cities and our people? I am.
The major themes of First Corinthians were the concerns of what Paul found disturbing about Corinth and its people. These themes included; Divisions: Corinthian society was riddled with competitive individualism which crept over into the church. Christian Conduct: Correct living is rooted in correct thinking. Sexual immorality, disrespect for one another and worshipping money, job or anything other than God brings a people to ruin. Worship: Paul addressed practices in worship, the character of the Lord’s Supper, and the nature and use of spiritual gifts. Resurrection: The people of Corinth were disputing the Jewish and Christian doctrine of bodily resurrection in favor of a Greek form of belief that limited the afterlife to disembodied immorality of the soul.
Are you like me, seeing a stark similarity of our present world to ancient Corinth? Just as Paul was very concerned in his time for the people of Corinth, so we should now, in our time be even more concerned for it is not just Corinth or Houston, or any small town, but it is the whole world that I believe is moving away from God. Individually, we must draw closer to God, so that as a church, a town, a state, a nation we become a world of God.
In God we trust that as it is written; “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).