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.