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The People of the Kingdom

(Category 15 of 16)

Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of 1 Corinthians, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to the book of 1 Corinthians, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.

In 1 Corinthians, Paul shows the new Christians in Corinth that all of life’s most complex problems can be seen through the lens of the gospel.

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The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the


CORINTH, the most important city in Greece during Paul’s day, was a bustling
hub of worldwide commerce, degraded culture, and idolatrous religion. There
Paul founded a church (Acts 18:1–17), and two of his letters are addressed “To the
church of God which is at Corinth” (1:2; 2 Cor. 1:1).
First Corinthians reveals the problems, pressures, and struggles of a church
called out of a pagan society. Paul addresses a variety of problems in the lifestyle
of the Corinthian church: factions, lawsuits, immorality, questionable practices,
abuse of the Lord’s Supper, and spiritual gifts. In addition to words of discipline,
Paul shares words of counsel in answer to questions raised by the Corinthian
The oldest recorded title of this epistle is Pros Korinthious A, in effect, the “First
to the Corinthians.” The A was no doubt a later addition to distinguish this book
from Second Corinthians.



1 PAUL, acalled to be an apostle of Jesus Christ bthrough the will of God, and cSosthenes our brother,

2 To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who aare 1sanctified in Christ Jesus, bcalled to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ cour Lord, dboth theirs and ours:

3 aGrace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Gifts at Corinth

4 aI thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus,
5 that you were enriched in every

CHAPTER 1 References

1 aRom. 1:1
b2 Cor. 1:1
cActs 18:17
2 a[Acts 15:9] bRom. 1:7
c[1 Cor. 8:6] d[Rom. 3:22] 1set apart
3 aRom. 1:7
4 aRom. 1:8
5 a[1 Cor. 12:8] 1speech
6 a2 Tim. 1:8
1Or among
7 aPhil. 3:20
8 a1 Thess.
3:13; 5:23
bCol. 1:22; 2:7
9 aIs. 49:7
b[John 15:4] 10 a2 Cor.
13:11 1Have a
uniform testimony
2schisms or

thing by Him ain all 1utterance and all knowledge,
6 even as athe testimony of Christ was confirmed 1in you,
7 so that you come short in no gift, eagerly awaiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,
8 awho will also confirm you to the end, bthat you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 aGod is faithful, by whom you were called into bthe fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Sectarianism Is Sin

10 Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, athat you all 1speak the same thing, and that there be no 2divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

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11 For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are 1contentions among you.
12 Now I say this, that aeach of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of bApollos,” or “I am of cCephas,” or “I am of Christ.”
13 aIs Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
14 I thank God that I baptized anone of you except bCrispus and cGaius,
15 lest anyone should say that I had baptized in my own name.
16 Yes, I also baptized the household of aStephanas. Besides, I do not know whether I baptized any other.
17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, anot with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.

Christ the Power and Wisdom of God

18 For the 1message of the cross is afoolishness to bthose who are perishing, but to us cwho are being saved it is the dpower of God.
19 For it is written:

a“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”

20 aWhere is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the 1disputer of this age? bHas not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
21 For since, in the awisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.
22 For aJews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom;
23 but we preach Christ crucified, ato the Jews a 1stumbling block and to the 2Greeks bfoolishness,
24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ athe power of God and bthe wisdom of God.
25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Glory Only in the Lord

26 For 1you see your calling, brethren, athat not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many 2noble, are called.
27 But aGod has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;
28 and the 1base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,

11 1quarrels
12 a1 Cor. 3:4
bActs 18:24
cJohn 1:42
13 a2 Cor. 11:4
14 aJohn 4:2
bActs 18:8
cRom. 16:23
16 a1 Cor.
16:15, 17
17 a[1 Cor. 2:1,
4, 13] 18 a1 Cor. 2:14
b2 Cor. 2:15
c[1 Cor. 15:2] dRom. 1:16
1Lit. word
19 aIs. 29:14
20 aIs. 19:12;
33:18 bJob
21 aDan. 2:20
22 aMatt. 12:38
23 aLuke 2:34
b[1 Cor. 2:14] 1Gr. skandalon,
2NU Gentiles
24 a[Rom. 1:4] bCol. 2:3
26 aJohn 7:48
27 aMatt. 11:25
28 1insignificant
or lowly
30 a[2 Cor.
5:21] 31 aJer. 9:23,

CHAPTER 2 References

1 1NU mystery
2 aGal. 6:14
3 aActs 18:1
b[2 Cor. 4:7] 4 a2 Pet. 1:16
bRom. 15:19
1NU omits
5 a1 Thess. 1:5
7 1predetermined
8 aLuke 23:34
9 a[Is. 64:4;
65:17] 10 aMatt.
11:25; 13:11;
11 a[James
2:26] bRom.
12 a[Rom.
8:15] 13 1NU omits
14 aMatt. 16:23


29 that no flesh should glory in His presence.
30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and arighteousness and sanctification and redemption
31 that, as it is written, a“He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.”

Christ Crucified


1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the 1testimony of God.
2 For I determined not to know anything among you aexcept Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
3 aI was with you bin weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.
4 And my speech and my preaching awere not with persuasive words of 1human wisdom, bbut in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the apower of God.

Spiritual Wisdom

6 However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God 1ordained before the ages for our glory,
8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for ahad they known, they would not have bcrucified the Lord of glory.
9 But as it is written:

a“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

10 But aGod has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
11 For what man knows the things of a man except the aspirit of the man which is in him? bEven so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but athe Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the 1Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14 aBut the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor

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can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.
16 For a“who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” bBut we have the mind of Christ.

16 aIs. 40:13
b[John 15:15]

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Prayer for Safekeeping from Wickedness

A Psalm of David.

1 LORD, I cry out to You; Make haste to me! Give ear to my voice when I cry out to You.
2 Let my prayer be set before You aas incense, bThe lifting up of my hands as cthe evening sacrifice.

3 Set a guard, O LORD, over my amouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.
4 Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, To practice wicked works With men who work iniquity;aAnd do not let me eat of their delicacies .

5 aLet the righteous strike me; It shall be a kindness. And let him rebuke me; It shall be as excellent oil; Let my head not refuse it.

PSALM 141 References

2 a[Ex. 30:8];
Luke 1:10;
[Rev. 5:8; 8:3,
4] bPs. 134:2;
[1 Tim. 2:8] cEx. 29:39, 41;
1 Kin. 18:29,
36; Dan. 9:21
3 a[Prov. 13:3;
21:23] 4 aProv. 23:6
5 a[Prov. 9:8;
Eccl. 7:5; Gal.
6:1] 6 1rock
8 a2 Chr.
20:12; Ps.
25:15 1Lit. Do
not make my
soul bare
9 aPs. 119:110
10 aPs. 35:8

For still my prayer is against the deeds of the wicked.
6 Their judges are overthrown by the sides of the 1cliff, And they hear my words, for they are sweet.
7 Our bones are scattered at the mouth of the grave, As when one plows and breaks up the earth.

8 But amy eyes are upon You, O GOD the Lord; In You I take refuge; 1Do not leave my soul destitute.
9 Keep me from athe snares they have laid for me, And from the traps of the workers of iniquity.
10 aLet the wicked fall into their own nets, While I escape safely.




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