Exploring I Corinthians: A Devotional Commentary
The Apostle Paul wrote his first letter to the Christians in Corinth after receiving news of problems within the church there. He had previously ministered in the city for nearly two years and therefore knew the people intimately.
We tend to imagine that people who lived two thousand years ago were somehow different from us. They seem distant, imaginary, vapid. Yet human nature has not changed with the passage of time. Customs have changed, fashions have changed, daily living experiences have undergone radical transformations, but the human psyche today is no different from what it was in the time of the Apostle Paul. Hope, fear, lust, desire, love, hate, spirituality and sin are all identical to those affecting society in the first century.
Paul''s first letter to the Corinthians was written to real people with real problems. He wrote against the backdrop of first century Grecian life and therefore the actual circumstances he addressed may not apply to us in our twenty-first century western sophistication. However, behind the details lie the same old problems, just as up-to-date as they were when the letter was written.
The teaching of 1 Corinthians is very practical and extremely powerful. It deals with subjects that are at the root of many problems in both the church and personal experience today. This book covers every verse of the letter and attempts to explain, in easy to understand language, its deep themes and significance. It is a devotional commentary, in the sense that its purpose is to apply the spiritual principles contained in the letter to the Christian''s daily life.