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Bible Commentaries

Charles Box's Commentaries on Selected Books of the Bible

1 Corinthians

- 1 Corinthians

by Charles Box

We Preach Christ Crucified First Corinthians One

Paul wrote his first letter to Corinth during his third missionary journey. ( Act_19:1-41 ) It was likely written in about 57 A.D. Corinth, the chief city of Achaia, was a city of wealth and extravagance. The church had been established in Corinth during Paul's second missionary journey. ( Act_18:1-18 ) Luke wrote, "...and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized." ( Act_18:8 )

Different groups of people had brought confusion into the church. Bad news concerning the situation at Corinth had been brought to Paul by the household of Chloe ( 1Co_1:11 ), and in a letter the brethren sent to him. ( 1Co_7:1 )

The purpose for our learning the truth is so that we can be saved. We also learn the truth so that we might know how to lead others to Christ, as well as helping our brothers and sisters on this earth with the struggles of the flesh. In this great epistle Paul deals with some of the difficulties facing the church of God at Corinth.