Biblical Concept: First Corinthians Concepts To Remember


ďSpiritĒ or ďspiritualĒ is found 56 times in 1 Corinthians.In the letter we call 1 Corinthians, Paul wrote about the S(s)pirit and spiritual things to a Church with spiritual problems.


1:3, Grace and peace come from God.

1:4b, Jesus Christ = Grace given.

1:5, Christ = inclusive enrichment in speech and knowledge.

1:12-13, 3:1-9, 3:21-23; Focus on and follow Christ not Godís workers.

1:24, Christ: The power and wisdom of God.

1:30, Christ = wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption.

2:10a, The relationship between revealing Godís wisdom and the Holy Spirit.

2:11, The only way we can know anything about God is through the Holy Spirit.

2:13b, Holy Spirit: Spiritual teacher.

2:14a, Soulish = spiritually moronic.

2:14b, Powerless to judge spiritual things.

2:16b, We have the mind (depths, v.10) of Christ.

3:3-4; Acting like unbelievers: Jealousy, strife (and divisions).

3:5, Godís workers: Servants of belief.

3:6-7, Godís workers: God gets all the credit.

3:7a, Godís workers = nothing.

3:8b, Individuality and eternal reward.

3:11, Christ is the only foundation of eternal reward.

3:12-13, The fiery Christian Way Of Life judgement day.Compare Romans 14:10-12 and 2 Corinthians 5:10-11.

3:14, Building on the foundation of Christ = eternal reward.

3:15, Building on any other foundation (religion) = loss of eternal reward.

3:15b, Singed but saved!Compare John 15:6; Hebrews 12:29 and Jude 23.Note also 1 Peter 1:7 and 2 Peter 3:7.

3:21a; Conclusion: Spiritually, men are never worthy of boasting.

3:21b-22,All things: The spiritual assets of the Church Age Believer Priest.

3:23a, Church Age Believers answer directly to Christ.Note 4:5b.

4:3, Being judged by humans versus Divine judgement (4:5b): No contest.

4:6b, It is arrogant to create a competition among spiritual leaders.

4:7a, Explain your superiority.

4:7b, What part of your spiritual status did you create?

4:7c; Are you really going to boast that you are a creator, original?Note 14:36.

4:7b, c; The vanity of originality.See Ecclesiastes 1:4-11.

4:8-13, Sarcasm counters superiority.Note 4:14.

5:1, Spiritual arrogance = actions worse than unbelievers.

6:3a, Future fallen angel judgement by Believers.Compare Matthew 13:41-43; 24:31; 25:31-46; Luke 12:8-9; 16:22; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-12 and Hebrews 12:22-24.

6:4, Believer to Believer (see 6:6-8): Stay out of unbelieving courts.

6:9-12, Stop acting like unbelievers.

6:19b, Free! Ha! (A statement designed to break down your volitional arrogance toward life and time. Compare James 4:13-17.)

6:20b, God bought you to live for Him now.Compare Romans 6:15-23.

6:20b, Life goal: Glorify God.

7:3-4, Marriage: Mutual sex slaves.

7:10-11, Married believers: No separation, only reconciliation.

7:11a, No right of remarriage for a spiritually rebellious Christian.Exceptions: Divorce for immorality (Matthew 19:9).One of the separated Christians marries (Deuteronomy 24:1-4).

7:12-13, Being married to an unbeliever is not grounds for divorce.

7:17-24, Paul comments on not using Christianity as an excuse for change.

7:19b, Keeping Godís commandments is everything!See Ecclesiastes 12:13; 1 John 2:4-5 and 5:1-3.

7:22, Paradox: Christian slave = free, free Christian = slave.Compare 6:19b.

7:28, Single: A superior spiritual position for devotion to God.Compare 7:32, 35.

7:29b-31, Do not let temporal life distract you from devotion to God.Compare 7:32.

7:33, Marriage: Learning to please one another.Also 7:34b.

7:37a, Human volition proved / stated.

8:1-3, Knowledge leads to love.Compare 1 John 2:4-5 and 5:1-3.

8:10c-11, Protect the weak believerís Christian Way Of Life advance.

9:15c, Paulís spiritual priority is more important than physical life.

9:20-22, All things to all men for their salvation.

10:11a, Learn from the spiritual errors of others.

10:12, Warning: Evaluate your lusts.Note 10:13.

10:13a, Stop complaining, your temptations are not unique.

10:13b, Take your temptations to God.

10:13c, Flee when tempted.

10:31, Glorify God: The priority of life.

11:28, Supper examination: Worthy eating.

12:18, Do not pity Godís placement.

13:1-3, Love is greater than gifts.Note 14:1 and 16:14.

13:4-7, Biblical love defined: Patient, kind, not jealous, not brag, not arrogant, not unbecoming, not seek own, not provoked, not account a wrong, not rejoice in unrighteousness, rejoices in truth, bears all, believes all, hopes all, endures all.Love summary: Biblical love = an inclusive application of Bible Doctrine.Also 8:1, 4:21 and 16:14.Compare the Biblical Concept: ďDefinitions of Love in 1 John.Ē

13:8a, Love (application of Bible Doctrine) never fails.

13:8b; The spiritual gifts of prophecy, tongues and knowledge are temporary.Compare Hebrews 2:1-4 for the time of their ceasing.

13:10, Maturity (teleios) does away with the partial gifts of prophecy, tongues and knowledge. Also 13:11, 14:3-6 and 14:20.

14:12, Be zealous about Church edification.

14:26, Edification: The goal of assembly.

14:33a, Assembly: Peace and edification (14:26b) not confusion.

15:3-4, Of first spiritual importance: The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

15:17a, Resurrection or worthless faith.

15:24b-28, Christís subjection of all things to the Father.

15:25, The purpose of Christís millennial rule: Final subjection of Godís enemies.

15:28, Restoration of order to every dimension of existence.

15:29-34, No resurrection?: Why bother?

15:34a, Attitude of improvement toward sin.

15:51-58, Resurrection: The imperishable victory in Christ!

15:53, Resurrection Body: Imperishable, immortal.

15:54-57, Resurrection: Final victory over death and sin!

16:13-14, Final spiritual exhortations: Alert, faithful, manly, strong, loving.