Begin with God's Faithfulness
1 Corinthians 1:1-9

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Letter Writing in New Testament Times

  1. The Signature: the name of the writer
  2. The Address: the name of those the writer was addressing
  3. The Salutation: the opening greeting, usually using some form of the Greek word for "rejoice" (chairein).
  4. The Ascription of Appreciation: the declaration of appreciation or thanksgiving, which was usually addressed to a pagan diety.

Paul's Signature (1 Cor 1:1)

The Address (1 Cor 1:2)

Paul identifies those he addresses in three ways:

  1. The assembled church in Corinth as an official organization.
  2. The many individual people who were part of the church.
  3. All who in every place call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Salutation (1 Cor 1:3)

The Ascription of Appreciation (1 Cor 1:4-9)

Paul expresses his thankfulness for God's blessings to them in the past (1 Cor 1:4-6)

  1. Grace was given to them = Paul describes their initial salvation experience when he first shared the gospel with them and they received the saving grace of God.
  2. They were enriched with many spiritual gifts. The Corinthian church seemed to be characterized especially by the gifts of speech and knowledge. The misuse of these gifts was causing many problems in the church (see 1 Cor 12-14).
  3. The testimony concerning Christ was confirmed in them. When Paul first preached the gospel in Corinth, its truth was confirmed by the powerful activity of the Holy Spirit (see 1 Cor 2:4).

Paul expresses his thankfulness for the hope of future blessings (1 Cor 1:7-9)

  1. They were eagerly awaiting the revealing of the Lord Jesus Christ in the future.
  2. Paul is thankful that God will confirm them to the end. "To the end" may indicate: Either would make sense in this context, because the result will be that they will stand blameless (degree) before the Lord at His coming (time).
  3. God is faithful, and He will ensure their calling to the end.

Paul focuses on God's Faithfulness to do what He promised

Points of Application