by Stan Coffey

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I Corinthians: Order In The Church (8 Of 32)
Through the Bible Survey
Dr. Stan Coffey
July 7, 1991

AUTHORSHIP: Unlike so many of the epistles of the New Testament the authorship of I Corinthians has never been seriously questioned. Even the most liberal scholarship regards I Corinthians as clearly the work of the Apostle Paul. The language and style of the epistle is Pauline, and the theology conforms to that of the other epistles which may clearly be attributed to Paul. I and 11 Corinthians are both critically important to an understanding of the Apostle Paul himself. No other writings of the Apostle are so intimately personal, revealing the Apostle's emotions, feelings, and personal encounters, as the two Corinthian letters.

DATE: I Corinthians was written in 57 A.D., II Corinthians was written some six months later. Paul reached Corinth on his second missionary journey. In an 18 month stay a church was established (Acts. 18:1-8). The first letter which Paul wrote to the Corinthians (5:9) has been lost. Paul heard that they had misunderstood some things which he had said (5:9-11) and also that there were divisions in the church (1:11). He had received questions from the Corinthians (7:1) and wrote the letter known as I Corinthians as an answer to those questions. At the time Paul was in Ephesus (16:8) near the end of his three year stay there (Acts 20:31) and before his departure for Macedonia (16:5); (Acts 20:1).

RECIPIENTS: The destination of I Corinthians was obviously the city of Corinth and the recipients were members of the largely gentile church. Some were members of the local aristocracy such as Crispus, a former ruler of the synagogue and some were commercially involved individuals, such as Stephanas. However, for the most part the membership of the church was "blue color" not "wise men after the flesh" (1:26).

THE PLACE: The city of Corinth was one of the great metropolitan centers of Paul's day. It was one of the wealthy cities of the R ...

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