Bible study on 1 Corinthians – Chapter 1
Dear brothers and sisters,
In this bible study on the 1st chapter on the book of Romans, we will discuss the folliwing subjects:
- A church divided over leaders
- Christ crucified in God’s power and wisdom
Paul writes this letter to the church in Corinthians. That it is written to a specific church in a specific time does not mean that we also cannot learn from it.
Paul demonstrates that it is very important to give thanks for all that God does for us. We need to thank God for His grace, because without His grace we would have an almost impossible task to get into Heaven. But when Jesus died on the cross for our sins, then God also introduced grace as the way that we can enter into Heaven, because we will never be able to do so with just our works.
A church divided over leaders
In church (but I also believe in e.g. our families) it is very important that agree with one another in what we say and that is very important that there is no division between us. Why not? Because the devil can use this to cause strive in our churches and families. Therefore it is important that we grow through the Holy Spirit and are very focused not to allow any form of division to come in our churches and families.
Furthermore, Paul emphasizes that it is imporant to remember that we follow only God and should not claim to follow a person (not even Paul). And certainly we shouldn’t allow this to be a reason for discussion amongst us. Paul makes it very clear that no person should exalt him- or herself or allow others to exalt him or her.
By claiming to follow a person, we are actually downgrading what Jesus did for us!
Christ crucified in God’s power and wisdom
That Jesus did not die for nothing on the cross should be known to everyone. However, if you choose to go against God’s word, than you are perishing. And when you are perishing than you should know that Jesus dying on the cross will have not benefit in your life anymore. Whhen you do follow God, than it is the power of God!
Also we should not trust on any wisdom of this world, because it is foolish. So don’t expect that God will try to persuade you to follow Him, no He demands of you to believe in Him. This is the essence of faith!
And don’t think God only uses the wise based on worldly standards. No God can and will use everyone and can even shame the (earthly) wise by someone that is considered less wise.
To finish this first chapter of 1 Corinthians Paul states: Therefore, as it is written: “Let the who boasts, boast in the Lord! To God be ALL the glory!