In this continuing study of Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, God reveals through this wonderful passage the insightful lesson of Christian conduct in a world of idolatry and rituals. Even in a world whose religions are often thickly veiled and mysterious, Paul shows that we must live simply and straightforwardly, doing all to please and honor Almighty God.
The church at Corinth, founded by the apostle Paul on his second missionary journey, became highly influenced by the sin that surrounded them. Paul penned 1 Corinthians to talk directly about the sinful situation that threatened to destroy the church, and chapter 11 begins with these straightforward words, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” The chapter continues with teaching on communion and demanding separation from evil associations.
In 1 Corinthians 12, Pastor Benny points to verse 7—“the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.” The nine spiritual gifts were poured out for the advancement of Christianity and the edification of believers. We are told to “covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way” (verse 31).
The fifteenth chapter of the apostle Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian church is a wonderful passage! In it, he proves the resurrection of Christ from the dead, answers all those who deny His resurrection, and then talks about the resurrection of believers to eternal life. Jesus Christ will return for His church, but until then we must be diligent in His work according (1 Corinthians 15:57-58)!
In 1 Corinthians 5:7-8, we see the apostle Paul discussing the constant need for dealing with our old nature. Pastor Benny Hinn says, “I have said many times in my teaching that Paul’s letter to the Corinthians has so deeply impacted me and people all around the globe for the way it explains how God has dealt with men and women through the centuries!”
Thank God for the victory over sin. And thank God for verses 19-20 from 1 Corinthians: “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.”
I never cease to be amazed how every word seems written to us today, just as much as to the church in Galatia. Oh, that we can say with the Apostle Paul, “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Galatians 6:14). Imagine what went into those words—the years of struggles, seeming defeats, stunning victories, and deep spiritual growth.
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The “love chapter” is one of the most-read and most-memorized of all passages of Scripture, and for good reason. In this brief portion of Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he pens life-changing principles on the subject of love and charity. The depth of spiritual insight, profound logic, and supernatural understanding of God’s kingdom shines through in this letter.
This teaching highlight's Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth as the apostle addresses the issues of tongues and prophecy. The church was founded by Paul on his second missionary journey, but it had become influenced by the evils that surrounded it in a sinful city. In the midst of the first Corinthian epistle comes the clear teaching of maintaining proper order in public assemblies as Paul deals with these issues that continue to cause controversy and misunderstanding today.
Corinth was a resort city and a Roman center for the pursuit of intellectualism and sensual pleasure. The apostle Paul spoke directly to the problems that Christians faced in such a hedonistic center. In Chapter 3 of 1 Corinthians, learn how Paul pointedly addresses the difference between pursuing the wisdom and pleasure of men, and a life that seeks the hidden wisdom which is revealed by the Holy Spirit.
Pastor Benny Hinn says, “I never cease to be amazed how every word of this chapter seems written for us today, just as it was for first-century believers.” In chapter 4: “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful” (verse 2) and “The kingdom of God is not in word, but in power” (verse 20). Understanding these truths should embolden us to rise above our struggles as we move into greater victories and deeper spiritual growth!
Chapter 8 of 1 Corinthians was written during one of history’s most pivotal times. In spite of the opposition and misunderstanding he faced, the apostle Paul penned the words that sets the Christian faith apart from any other religious in the world. Paul considered his calling as a minister of the Gospel to be a great honor and privilege.
The apostle Paul writes about the glorious prize ahead of us—an incorruptible crown. He compares believers to the runners and combatants who were well known and accepted by all Corinthians: "Know you not that those who run in a race run all, but one obtaineth the prize?” (verse 24). May each of us run the race of life with supernatural patience and strength. May we keep our goal—eternity in heaven—clearly in front of us.
In Galatians, chapter 2, Paul looked at the hesitant Galatians, and it seems apparent that he was perplexed at their willingness to listen to false teaching of that day. His letter to the church in Galatia shows an earnest concern for their wavering faith. There are so many similarities to our world today.
The Lord’s cry for the world is getting louder and louder. His heart is yearning for the lost to be saved now! Thank you for your part in this worldwide ministry. What a blessing you are to souls around the globe.