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Bible Commentaries
1 Corinthians

Living By Faith: Commentary on Romans & 1st CorinthiansLiving By Faith

- 1 Corinthians

by Brad Price


I do not claim to be an expert on the First Corinthian letter. I will say that I have tried to fully use my best resources to put together a commentary that (1) gives the correct exposition of the text, (2) provides various points of application, (3) is thorough but simple enough for all to use, and (4) does not skip the hard passages.

This volume is being sent forth with the intention of helping people better understand the book of First Corinthians, a fascinating New Testament epistle. As with the previous commentary on Romans, the material in this book has actually been taken into an adult Bible class and taught. The adults who listened to this information were not only patient as we explored the text, they often provided valuable feedback which was used to finalize this commentary. I also received some outstanding help from a monthly preacher’s meeting in Columbia City, IN. My proof readers have once again worked for free and they have again engaged in a herculean task to help ready this book for publication. I am deeply indebted to all the sources that helped make this commentary possible. My greatest appreciation, of course, is to God for allowing this volume to be published and distributed.

The end of this book has a special study on “New Testament Christianity.” This material is a written explanation of how I usually study with those who want to become Christians. Although this special study might seem long, this entire study can be presented in about an hour. The first 20-30 minutes should be devoted to showing people what they must do to become a Christian. The next 30-40 minutes consists of describing the church built by Jesus (Matthew 16:18). I have presented this information in various parts of the United States as well as some foreign countries and it has been well received in each of these places. Out of all the methods I have used to teach the gospel to people, the special study on New Testament Christianity is my preferred way to teach people how to be saved.

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The letter we call “First Corinthians” warns us to expect problems in the place where we worship. Readers barely get through the opening verses before reading: “For it hath been signified unto me concerning you, my brethren, by them (that are of the household) of Chloe, that there are contentions among you” (1:11).

Today people often have some complaints about the place where they worship; Christians may not like something about their preacher, their elders, or some of their fellow saints. Sometimes Christians are discouraged because their brethren fail to demonstrate love. There are also instances of jealousy, strife, envy, gossip, and sexual sin. Christians are frustrated by those who refuse to “abound in the work of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58). Every congregation has its own unique set of church problems and the book of First Corinthians tells us to remain “steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord” because “our labor is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

When church problems do arise, the First Corinthians letter also encourages us to remember that we are still “brethren.” In spite of the numerous problems at Corinth, Paul referred to the Corinthians as “brethren” almost 40 times (1:10, 11, 26; 2:1; 3:1; 4:6; 5:11; 6:5, 6, 8; 7:12, 14, 15, 24, 29; 8:11, 12, 13; 9:5; 10:1; 11:2, 33; 12:1; 14:6, 20, 26, 39; 15:1, 6, 31, 50, 58; 16:11, 12, 15, 20). In two places (10:14 and 15:58) he referred to the Corinthians as “beloved” (agapetos). The Corinthian congregation was literally riddled with moral and doctrinal issues, but Paul still held these Christians in high esteem. In fact, in the final words of this book (16:24), Paul said the Corinthians were still “in Christ” and he wished that the “grace of the Lord Jesus Christ” be on them (16:23).

We are not perfect and the place where we worship will certainly not be perfect. The book of First Corinthians, however, encourages us to do the best we can in the place where we worship and to work on correcting anything that is contrary to the faith “once delivered to the saints” (Judges 1:3). May we be people who watch, stand fast in the faith, act like men, and be strong (1 Corinthians 16:13).

Brad Price

January 1, 2010



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