“To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:2-3).
Although the book of 1 Corinthians is well known, especially for chapter 13, the famous “love chapter” of the Bible, the church in Corinth had lost its way. In many of the same ways the Corinthians had lost their way, churches today have also stumbled. Most of the Christians at Corinth had departed from the ways of the Gospel. Some of them even opposed Paul. “To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:2-3).
Paul called Corinth a carnal church: “Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?” (1 Corinthians 3:1-3). And that’s the key to understanding the entire book! The church in Corinth was a carnal, worldly church, and there are many churches like that today. In fact, there are churches, whether intentionally or unintentionally, which encourage believers to remain in infancy, including traditional mainstream churches as well as non-denominational, seeker/feeler, traditions. No church from Roman Catholic to Presbyterian to Pentecostal is immune. Carnality has infiltrated all of them one way or the other, and perhaps, that’s why so many of the lessons of the Corinthians are preached hit and miss. Many of the lessons can be difficult to receive at first, but speaking in terms of my own walk, God has used First and Second Corinthians to instruct, reprimand, and above all else, encourage me.
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