I promised some time ago that I would begin sharing the book of Corinthians with you and give you some of my ideas and thoughts about one of the most enlightening books of the New Testament.
Let’s take a look at the book of Corinthians and I will begin with 1st Corinthians and we will be focusing on the positive power of the love of God and Christ Jesus.
1st Corinthians is widely believed to have been written by the Apostle Paul. Most theologians will most likely agree that the language or perhaps more properly said, the phraseology that is used in both of these letters leads most to agree that Paul was the author.
The date of this letter was around A.D. 56 at a time that the city of Corinth was the considered one of the key cities in Greece. It was located close to the water and was a major commercial trading zone for the entire region.
One of the most recognizable sights of this era was the Temple of Aphrodite. It was known for its legal prostitution and hedonistic way of life. With a population of over 700,000 Corinth was a center for Greek philosophy and idol worship.
Regardless of all the circumstances Paul was placed in, he was still able to establish a thriving church there during his second visit which was around A.D. 51 or A.D. 52.
The quick explanation of 2nd Corinthians is that after he left Corinth and was in Ephesus establishing the Ephesian Church he received a letter requesting his opinion on certain activities and occurrences that were happening in the church. His response to those matters were addressed in his second letter.
One of my favorite chapters in the entire Bible is 1st Corinthians 13 which we will spend some time on as we move through this study.