1 Corinthians

Some notes…

1 Corinthians


1 Cor 1:4 – what does it mean to be ‘enriched in him [Christ Jesus] in all speech and all knowledge? Is this related to Ephesians 4(?) and speaking the truth in love to one another? It seems as if it might be gospel related as v5 ‘even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you’ and that the enriching(ment?)/testimony leads to the Corinthians not lacking in any spiritual gift.

1 Cor 1:7 – a reminder that we are waiting for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ (n.b. need to note this ref when reading The Glory of Christ (abridged, Noddy version) by Owen), but a reassurance that He will sustain us to the end, guiltless. How great a reassurance that 1 Cor 1:9 – God is faithful, even when I am feckless (assuming that this is God’s faithfulness in sustaining to the end guiltless – n.b. that bit in Romans about ‘the saying is true – God is faithful, which I think is talking about being faithful in judgement)

I like Paul’s letters!.

So what?
1 Cor 1:10 – we should be united, with no divisions, with the same mind and the same judgment.
1 Cor 1:11 – I’ve never noticed that it was ‘Chloe’s people’ before
1 Cor 1:16 – bit odd that Paul doesn’t remember if he baptised anyone else – unless there very many.
1 Cor 1:17 – a reminder not to be impressed (necessarily) with words of eloquent wisdom – the Cross does not need them.
1 Cor 1:21 – a verse to remember “For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.”. Surely I can remember that one. Useful for apologetics. In fact – 1 Cor 1:21-25 as a whole is prob. good to learn.

1 Cor 2:1
What does wisdom mean here? Presumably not the same as ‘being wise’ Biblically (if Paul did not come proclaiming teh testimony of God with ‘wisdom’). Is it a wordly wisdom – forming a pair with ‘lofty speech’?
1 Cor 2:2 The lofty speech/wisdom is compared with ‘knowing nothing but Jesus Christ and him crucified’.
1 Cor 2:3 – another contrast between ‘plausible words of wisdom’ and the weakness/fear/trembling in demonstration of Spirit and power
1 Cor 2:4 – aha! – so that your faith might not rest in the WISDOM OF MEN, but in the power of God.

1 Cor 2:5 – a different kind of wisdom, and only (?) among the mature – not a wisdom of this age, but a secret and hidden wisdom of God. Wisdom is for OUR glory. This feels a little odd (is everything not for God’s glory?) – then in v8 move on to glory again – the rulers of the age did not understand the hidden wisdom – they crucified the Lord of glory.