IV. Plan of the Epistle Introduction
0.1. Salutation; 1:1-3.
0.2. Thanksgiving; 1:4-9.
I. Concerning Matters Needing Censure, 1:10 — 6:20
I.1. Party Spirit in the Light of the Gospel and Its Ministry, 1:10 — 4:21.
I.1.a The situation in the church and an exhortation to unity; 1:10-17.
I.1.b The true nature of the Gospel; i:i8 — ^3:4.
I.1.b.1 It is not a wisdom but a power; 1:18 — 2:5. This is shown:
I.1.b.1.a by the experience of those to whom it came; 1:18-25.
I.1.b.1.b by the make-up of the church; 1:26-31.
I.1.b.1.c by Paul's attitude when he came to them;
I.1.b.2. The Gospel contains a wisdom; 2:6 — 3:4.
I.1.b.2.a This wisdom described; 2:6-13.
I.1.b.2.b Who alone can describe it and why; 2:14 — 3-4.
I.1.b.2.c The true conception of Christian Teachers; 3:5 — 4:23.
I.1.b.2.c.1 They are but husbandmen — God gives the increase; 3:6-8.
I.1.b.2.c.2 They are builders and must build with care; 3:10-15.
I.1.b.2.c.3 They are (by implication) conservers of the Temple, for whosoever destroys it by party strife shall be destroyed; 3:16-17.
I.1.b.2.c.4 The true teacher renounces the wisdom of the world; 3:18-20. Conclusion; 3:21-23.
I.1.b.2.c.5 They are to be accounted stewards of God's secret truths; 4:1-5.
I.1.b.2.c.6 Personal application of truth with an attack upon the pride of the Corinthians; 4:6-13.
I.1.b.2.c.7 As their father in the faith he s^peals to them to follow him. The test he will apply when he comes; 4: 14-21.
I.2. The Case of Incest, 5:1-13. (a) The offender to be expelled; 5:1-8. (b) Explanation of a former command relating to fornication; 9-13.
I.3. Their Litigious Spirit, 6:1-11.
I.4. Impurity, 6:12-20.
II. Questions Regarding Marriage and the Christian's Relation to Idol Sacrifices and Feasts — THE Reply to the Corinthian Letter, 7:1 — ii:i
II.1. Questions Regarding Marriage, 7:1-40.
II.1.a. Marriage or Celibacy? 7:1-9.
II.1.b. Shall those who are married separate? 7:10-16.
II.1.c. The Christian life and one's earthly station; 17-24.
II.1.d. The marriage of virgins, 7:26-40.
II.2. Questions Regarding Meat Offered to Idols, 8:1 — ii:i.
II.2.a. How the strong must act in view of the weak. Personal liberty must be restricted by the spirit of love; 8:1-13.
II.2.b. Paul's example of self-denial for the sake of others; 9:1-22.
II.2.c. The value of voluntary restriction of personal liberty to tiie strong themselves; 9:23-27.
II.2.d. The rejection of ancient Israel and its warning to them; 10:1-14.
II.2.e. The inconsistency of going to the Lord's table and also to idol feasts; 10:15-22. /. General principles and specific directions; 10:23 — ii:i.
III. Disorders in Connection with Public Worship
III.1. The Unveiling of the Head by Women in Public Worship; 11:2-16.
III.2. The Profanation of the LorSs Suppery 11:17-34.
III.3. The Misuse of Spiritual Gifts, 12:1 — 14:40.
III.3.a. The test, variety, unity and purpose of spiritual gifts; 12:1-11.
III.3.b. The analogy between the Church and the human body; 12:12-31.
III.3.c. The indispensability of love, its characteristics and its durability; 13:1-13.
III.3.d. The superiority of prophesying to peaking with tongues; 14:1-25.
III.3.e. Regulations for the orderly exercise of gifts in Public Worship; 14:26-33. /. Women are to keep silent in the churches; 14:34-36. g. PauPs assertion of authority; 14:37-38. A. Conclusion of the whole matter; 14:39-40.
IV. Teaching Concerning the Resurrection of the Dead, 15:1-58
IV.1. The Creed which the Church had accepted and a summary of the Witnesses of the Risen Lord, 15:1-11.
IV.2. Four reductio ad absurdum Arguments from the Assertion of some that "dead men do not rise," 15:12-34.
IV.2.a. If dead men do not rise, Christ is not risen and our preaching and your faith are empty; 15:13-15.
IV.2.b. If dead men do not rise, Christ is not risen then (a) your faith is futile, (b) the Christian dead have perished, (c) we who have hoped in Christ in this life are of all men to be pitied most; 16-19. Paul passes, at verse 20, from argument to a prophetic utterance whose theme is Christ is risen from the dead hence (1) Those who belong to Him shall rise in the Parousia; 22-23. (2) When He shall have brought all enemies, even death itself, to nothing; 24-26. (3) And He shall give up the Kingdom that God may be sdl in all; 27-28.
IV.2.c. If dead men do not rise Baptism for the dead is of no avail; 29.
IV.2.d. If dead men do not rise, daily risk and danger have no meaning; 30-34.
IV.3. Objectors Answered — The Body of the Risen, 35-49.
IV.3.a. Analogy from nature — to the seed sown and through death (disorganization) appearing again above the ground God gives a body (so in the resurrection); 35-38.
IV.3.b. The great variety of bodies shows that God can easily provide another body for the resurrection life; 39-41.
IV.3.c. This mortal body is during life sown in corrup tion, dishonor, weakness and as an animate body. That body which God shall give shall be incorruptible, glorious, powerful, ^iritual; 42-44.
IV.3.d. The promise and pledge of this is in the fact that the Risen Lord is a quickening spirit; 45-49.
IV.4. What shall Happen to those who shall be Alive When the Lord Comes,
IV.4.a. In an instant they shall be changed — the mortal shall put on.immortality; 50-53.
IV.4.b. Death shall be vanquished; they shall be victorious through the Lord Jesus Christ; S4-S7. Conclusion: Be stedfast, abounding in the work of the Lord;
V. Practical and Personal Matters and the Conclusion, 16:1-24.
V.1. The collection for the poor at Jerusalem, 16:1-4.
V.2. The Apostles intention to visit Corinth, 16:5-9.
V.3. Commendation of Timothy and ApoUos, 16:10-12.
V.4. Directions about Stephanas and others, 16:15-18.
V.5. Salutations, warning, benediction, 16:19-24.
From I Epistle to the Corinthians by professor James S. Riggs, Auburn Theological Seminary. Published by the MacMillan Company in 1922. Lightly updated to the language of the 21st century by D. N. Pham. (c) 2013. This conversion is not completed.
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