Study Hall

First Corinthians

1 Cor. 1:2
 

Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, ...

 

The immorality of the Corinthians in ancient history is well known. We are interested in the problems evident in the church at Corinth and how  Paul addressed them. We want to learn what doctrine was particular to the age, the church and what might transfer into our age. We will see in this book the person of Paul and come to understand what he had to face in this Acts epistle. 

We seek clarification of our distinctive calling by a careful comparison.

Articles

October 11th, 2015

Introduction

Last time we looked at the teaching of "Jew first" in the Acts and its impact on churches in Galatia and throughout the world as they felt the force of the imperative Paul gave them to look after the needy in Jerusalem. Paul ends the section in 16:9 saying that a great door and effectual is opened unto him and that there were many adversaries. We should not be surprized at the greatness of the door that has been opened to us to make known the fellowship of the mystery and to expect an even greater adversary.

October 4th, 2015

Last time we looked at the issue of  a "soulish" person and a "spiritual" person and the fact that the immortal body will be "spiritual". We look forward to the new body for many reasons -- not only is it the means for us to experience eternal life but it is the way we enjoy it as well. The bare grain of 15:37 is how the body was set up originally -- a far cry from the resurrected body (that which shall be). The specific resurrection mentioned here is that which occurs at the last trum and is found in Matt 24:29-35, 1 Thess.4:16 and Rev. 11:15,16. These passages have nothing to say about our hope which was hid in God.

September 27th, 2015

Last time we examined some practical teaching as it relates to keeping bad company and what this can mean for many including young and immature christians. The main thought is contextually about those who hold to incorrect notions of the resurrection.

September 13th, 2015

Last time we looked at the idea of sleep as it pertains to the metaphor of death for the Christian. Time is relative, and what we know about time from Physics is that it is present within our "thing" or matter - energy universe -- taken outside that and it need not be there. If the spirit goes back to God and God is fundamentally outside His creation then the spirit is not subject to time and if "sleep" is a metaphor for death then resurrection is an awakening. Sleep is a form of unconsciousness and therefore time has no meaning. We breath out at death and we breath into our resurrected body. With respect to our time frame we move out and into the time dimension seamlessly with no delay regardless of how much time moves by on earth. 

September 6th, 2015

Last time we looked at the logical argument that Paul brought forward for the resurrection of the redeemed and Christ. This was constructed very carefully and started upon the evidence of Christ's resurrection through the witnesses documented including the above 500, many of whom were currently alive to bear living testimony of this.  We shall now proceed further into the secrets of the son.

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October 11th, 2015
First Corinthians - Part 44

The lesson on October 11, 2015 was part 44 and the last in the "First Corinthians" study.  A quick review of the previous lesson covered when death is covered up in victory with the resurrection.  We also learned that Christ's body did not see corruption.  This final lesson looked at how Paul wraps up his letters and reviewing all the individuals he mentions by name and what they brought to the ministry in the Corinthian church.  We are encouraged to do the work of Paul as he says Timothy was doing, even though he was a young man.  We can do the work of Paul if we understand his ministry rightly divided.  We do not have the gifts that Paul had during the Acts period.  We should emulate PAul's prison ministry which was revealed after Acts 28.  The scripture reading was in 1 Corinthians 16:10-13 KJV

First Corinthians - Part 44
October 4th, 2015
First Corinthians - Part 43

The lesson on October 4, 2015 was part 43 of the "First Corinthians" study.  A review of the previous topics included the sowing of seed in regards to the resurrection and the difference between the natural and spiritual state of the resurrected body.  We looked at how God created man out of clay and breathed into him a soul.  In Christ, the last Adam, provides us immortality and a raised body that was not corrupted.  This lesson starts chapter sixteen and looks at how Paul was writing these letters in response to the Corinthian church and that we should be careful not to take the instructions he gave to them and apply it to us today.  The scripture reading was in 1 Corinthians 16:1-9 KJV

First Corinthians - Part 43
September 27th, 2015
First Corinthians - Part 42

The lesson on September 27, 2015 was part 42 of the "First Corinthians" study.  A review of the previous lesson covered what Paul was teaching regarding resurrection.  In verse 51 Paul said something that will be a problem if you don't understand right division.  He says we shall not all die because we shall be changed.  What happened because Paul died.  The statement he made was true given the fact that there was a hidden condition that Israel had repented, and if they had, it would have happened.  Acts 28 the condition changed and unless you see the division in Paul's two ministries, you will not see it.  The remaining part of the lesson was studying the living soul, in how the first Adam was created with the dust of the ground and the breath of God and the last Adam (Christ) was made a quickening spirit.  Dr. Stewart explains how his understanding of the nature of man and the resurrection body is changing as he learns more about this in scripture.  The scripture reading was from 1 Corinthians 15:51-58 KJV

First Corinthians - Part 42
September 20th, 2015
First Corinthians - Part 41

The lesson on September 20, 2015 was part 41 of the "First Corinthians" study.  Resurrection is the continued focus in chapter fifteen.  Time is take to recap what we learned about the baptisms on behalf of the dead Christians so they will receive a benefit when they are raised to see those loved ones they left behind who are resurrected with them.  We learn about the context of Paul's statement on eating and drinking in lieu of the resurrection if there wasn't one. We also learn a little on the attributes on the resurrected body and what realm it applies to.  The scripture reading was from 1 Corinthians 15:33-38 KJV

First Corinthians - Part 41
September 13th, 2015
First Corinthians - Part 40

The lesson on September 13, 2015 was part 40 of the "First Corinthians" study. More time was given in this lesson to review what was presented in part 39 in order that emphasis was on resurrection, the seed, and first fruits with Christ's resurrection.  The topic of part 40 was on verse 29 and the difficulty in translating this to understand how baptisms can be performed for the benefit of Christians who have died.  Wayne points out that the Mormons have a take on this verse to incorporate baptisms for the members of the Mormon cult but he disagrees with that and shows us what his take is on the proper interpretation.  The scripture reading was in 1 Corinthians 15:28-33 KJV

First Corinthians - Part 40

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May 29th, 2015

Mid Acts and Jail (1 Corinthians an example)

Those who fail to discern the Acts 28 boundary and start the un-evolved, created Church in mid Acts are destined to fight the Acts context while attempting to harmonize the ordinances (traditions) then present with the age in which we live where none of these signs, wonders and traditions have any place. Reality and substance along with shadow were present in the time when Jew was first Rom. 1:16,17. This is especially clear in 1 Corinthians (see First Corinthians study):

Charts

The Gospels

For Jews - Matthew, Mark, and John.  For Gentiles - Luke

The Acts of The Apostles

For Jew and Gentiles. Jewish letters written during Acts: Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, Revelation.  For a mixture of Jews and Gentiles, with the Jew being first: Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians.

Post Acts Period

Letters Written after Acts 28:28 For Christians, where being Jew or Gentile is irrelevant: Ephesians, Phillipians, Colossians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, and Philemon.

Gospel Period Books

Acts Period Books Post Acts Period Books
Matthew Hebrews Galatians Ephesians
Mark James 1 Thessalonians Colossians
Luke 1 Peter 2 Thessalonians Philemon
John 2 Peter 1 Corinthians Philippians
  1 John 2 Corinthians Titus
  2 John Romans 1 Timothy
  3 John Acts 2 Timothy
  Jude    
  Revelation    
       

  

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