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1 Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their's and our's: 3 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; 5 That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; 6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: 8 Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; 15 Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. 16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. 17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. 18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

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1 Cary W = "This is a perfect example of how all of us saints in the Lord Jesus Christ should greet one another, always acknowledging His Body of believers worldwide. "
2 Sarah R = "The apostle Paul, a teacher of the Jewish law who persecuted Christians until his conversion following an encounter with the resurrected Jesus. Read about his conversion and following mission to reach the non-Jewish with the good news about salvation through Jesus in the book of Acts."
3 Sarah R = "The only other mention of a man named Sosthenes in the Bible is in Acts 18:17. There Sosthenes was the chief ruler of the synagogue in Corinth and he was beaten by a mob following their attempt to have Paul arrested for "persuading the people to worship God in ways contrary to the law."  We do not know if this is the same Sosthenes, though it is possible that the reason he was beaten is because he supported Paul and had become or later became a Christian. Also, since the letter is written to the church in Corinth, if this is the same Sosthenes from Corinth, it would make sense for him to be mentioned."
4 Sarah R = "Paul witnessed to Corinth during his second missionary journey. See the story of how their came to be a Christian assembly in this very secular city in Acts 18."
5 Sarah R = ""In Roman times Corinth was a city of wealth, luxury, and immortality. It had no rivals as a city of vice. 'To live like a Corinthian' meant to live a life of profligacy and debauchery. It was customary in a stage play for a Corinthians to come on the scene drunk. The inhabitants were naturally devoted to the worship of Poseidon, since they drew so much of their wealth from the sea, but their greatest devotion was given to Aphrodite, the goddess of love."-  "Corinth", Zondervan's Pictorial Bible Dictionary."
6 Cary W = "May this always be our greeting to everyone we greet who is a member of Christ, to honor each other on behalf of the grace given us all in Christ."
7 Cary W = "This is my constant prayer for all my family and brethren in Christ Jesus, that we all be filled with His gifts, grace and blessed fellowship, guaranteed by the very faithfulness of God Himself."
8 Deena E = "How far has the Christian church gotten away from this today? Philvaz.com reports that there are over 33,000 denominations in 238 countries."
9 Sarah R = "Here Paul states his purpose for writing this letter to the church in Corinth. He has been informed of quarreling within the church. As he was in Ephesus at the time, over 250 miles away, he was not able to address the problem in person. The letter was meant to provide guidance and correction in order to resolve the internal problems of the church."
10 Sarah R = "Apollos was a teacher in the New Testament church. We are introduced to him in Acts 18:24-28. It is said that he was an eloquent speaker and was able to prove that Jesus was the Messiah from the Old Testament prophecies. Some theologians believe Apollos may have been the unknown writer of the book of Hebrews, as Hebrews is written to a Jewish audience and quotes a lot of Old Testament Scripture in how they point to Jesus."
11 Sarah R = "Cephas is another name for the apostle Peter. Paul also refers to Peter as Cephas in Galatians 2, as well as in other places in 1 Corinthians."
12 Cary W = "This letter speaks to the church today as much, if not more, than the church in Corinth, for it is quite obvious the divisions between most every denomination.  And most of those contentions always revolve on authority of a person, or the correct interpretation of certain teachings, which has little to do with the simple gospel of Christ.  If we all just taught the cross, we would not only have marvelous unity, but the light of our unity and message would shake this world, as it did in Paul's world."
13 Cary W = "Our mortal understanding and intellect cannot grasp the mysteries of God's work wrought in Christ, by His sufferings, death and resurrection; how it is a gift from God, our salvation and being set right with God, not by our own effort or seeking, but grace alone, and that by faith alone.  Spiritual things can only be grasped by the Spirit, spiritual discernment, and even that insight is by God's hand and grace."
14 Sarah R = "We run into troubles when we attempt to interpret the Bible through our own "wisdom" instead of through the Spirit of God. Many a false teachings have come from us thinking we know better than God and bringing our own desires to live as we want into a reading of God's Word. "
15 Cary W = "To this day the learned calls us fools and the Jews take offence that we call ourselves God's chosen people along with those Jews who believe."
16 Sarah R = ""Human wisdom, by contrast [to God's wisdom], is notoriously frail and fallible. We are easily perplexed by the rudimentary difficulties of everyday life. We desperately need wisdom, and we often find it elusive."Scripture reminds us that God is the source of all true wisdom. Moreover, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10). In other words, our need for wisdom ought to motivate us to turn to God—and those who refuse to turn to God have no hope of ever being truly wise."Scripture also emphatically teaches that authentic wisdom starts in the realm of spiritual things. Thus when Solomon wrote, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom” (Proverbs 4:7), he was urging us to seek God’s wisdom. The wisdom we need most cannot be acquired through science, philosophy, or the arts. True wisdom comes from God, by revelation. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God” (James 1:5)."- See the full article at: https://answersingenesis.org/who-is-god/god-is-good/the-source-of-all-wisdom/"
17 Cary W = "I have met many a saint who had no outer glory, strength, or reputation, but to witness their pure heart and tender love was the very power of God at work to draw the mighty to Him."
18 Sarah R = ""Rectitude, justice, holiness; an essential perfection of God's character, Job 36:3Isaiah 51:5-8John 17:25; and of his administration, Genesis 18:25Romans 3:21,22; 10:3. It is the wonder of grace that as the righteous guardian of the law, he can acquit the unrighteous. "The righteousness of Christ" includes his spotless holiness, his perfect obedience the law demands; and "the righteousness of faith" is that imputed to the sinner who believes in Christ."- ATS Bible Dictionary at biblehub.com"
19 Sarah R = ""Involves more than a mere moral reformation of character, brought about by the power of the truth: it is the work of the Holy Spirit bringing the whole nature more and more under the influences of the new gracious principles implanted in the soul in regeneration. In other words, sanctification is the carrying on to perfection the work begun in regeneration, and it extends to the whole man (Romans 6:132 Corinthians 4:6;Colossians 3:10; 1 John 4:71 Corinthians 6:19). It is the special office of the Holy Spirit in the plan of redemption to carry on this work (1 Corinthians 6:112 Thessalonians 2:13). Faith is instrumental in securing sanctification, inasmuch as it (1) secures union to Christ (Galatians 2:20), and (2) brings the believer into living contact with the truth, whereby he is led to yield obedience "to the commands, trembling at the threatenings, and embracing the promises of God for this life and that which is to come."- Easton's Bible Dictionary at biblehub.com"
20 Sarah R = ""In the New Testament the idea of redemption has more a suggestion of ransom. Men are held under the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13), or of sin itself (Romans 7:23 f). The Redeemer purchases their deliverance by offering Himself as payment for their redemption (Ephesians 1:7 1 Peter 1:18)."- International Standard Bible Encyclopedia at biblehub.com"
21 Sarah R = "This is a quote from Jeremiah 9:24."