1 Corinthians 1

 

1 Corinthians 1:1,2
Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,

Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ [Christ Jesus] our Lord, both theirs and ours:

As with all his epistles, Paul is addressing his letter, stating who it is from and who it is addressed to. Yes, this epistle was taken first to the Corinthians, and much of it is pointedly directed at them, but it is also addressed to all of us who are sanctified in Christ Jesus called saints, and that includes us. This epistle was delivered first to the Corinthians and then passed around all the home churches everywhere for us all to learn from.

Romans, Corinthians and Galatians are a complete unit and should be regarded as letters addressed to new people, immature believers who are just beginning their spiritual journey and who are learning and growing in the word. Romans is doctrine, Corinthians is reproof and Galations is correction. Romans sets the standards, Corinthians reproves believers for wandering away from those standards, and Galatians shows people how to get back to those standards. So in Corinthians we are going to see Paul confront people and point out where they have wandered away from the standards set in Romans.

Another point to note here is that Jesus Christ being our sanctification is the subject of Corinthians. Christ having set us apart, which is what being sanctified means, is the subject of the epistle of Corinthians, and it is Christ Jesus who is our santification. The gift of holy spirit, that Christ in us, is what sets us apart from the world. Corinthians is written to all of us who are sancitified in Christ Jesus.

At this point we also need to understand that there is a difference between Jesus Christ and Christ Jesus. This is the first time I've taught this because I've never understood the difference until now. Oh I've read loads of books on the subject and listened to thousands of teachings, but in my heart I knew those teachers didn't really understand it either. If I don't understand something, I will not teach it.

It's quite simple really, so simple I'm amazed I didn't see it before. Jesus Christ was the man while he was here on earth. To his disciples back then he was the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ Jesus is the resurrected man whom God raised from the dead. Jesus Christ was the earthly man while Christ Jesus is the resurrected spiritual man. Today we do not serve the Lord Jesus Christ, but the Lord Christ Jesus. The translators of the bible obviously didn't understand this either judging by the arbitrary and haphazard manner in which they handled this. Colossians states it accurately:

Colossians 3:24
Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

When reading the bible and you see the words Jesus Christ or Christ Jesus, stop and ask yourself if it's referring to the man Jesus Christ while he was alive on earth or if it's referring to Christ Jesus the spiritual man in his resurrected body. Let's read the opening two verses again ignoring the errors in translation.

1 Corinthians 1:1,2
Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ Christ Jesus through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,

Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ Christ Jesus our Lord, both theirs and ours:

They translated the second occurrence of Christ Jesus correctly, but translated the other two occurrences as Jesus Christ. See what I mean by arbitrary and haphazard? They should all read Christ Jesus.

1 Corinthians 1:3
Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ Christ Jesus.

Here in Corinthians this grace and peace is extended to us not by the earthly man Jesus Christ, who died almost 2000 years ago, but from the resurrected man who is seated at the right hand of God, Christ Jesus. God also told Paul by revelation to let us know that he extends grace and peace to us, and not just from himself only but also from Christ Jesus. Here we see further scriptural proof that God and Christ Jesus are two separate individuals.

1 Corinthians 1:4
I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ Christ Jesus;

How do you thank God for something? Do you think you thank God with religious ritual and ceremony? Do you think you thank God by kneeling and praying for hours on end or chanting out thousands of mindless hail mary's and our fathers? Do you think you thank God by giving all your money away? How do you think we thank God? If you have read my class How to Understand the Bible you will know that it has nothing whatsoever to do with our five senses. Nor do we have to guess, because the bible tells us. In I Corinthians 14 Paul explains that speaking in tongues is giving thanks well, and that he thanks his God by speaking in tongues.

1 Corinthians 14:17,18
For thou verily givest thanks well [referring to speaking in tongues], but the other is not edified.

I thank my God [period, not comma]. I speak with tongues more than ye all:

If you want to thank God you're going to have to speak in tongues, because that's how you thank God. This defines how we give thanks to God. If I give you a book today, will it be a fork tomorrow? No, see, that's absurd. Giving thanks well is speaking in tongues, and it will always be speaking in tongues throughout this administration. Consider these verses.

Ephesians 5:19,20
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ Christ Jesus;

How do you give thanks to God always for all things? Verse 19 sets the context by telling us to sing spiritual songs, which is a reference to singing in tongues. Giving thanks to God according to 1 Corinthians 14 is to speak in tongues. So if giving thanks well in Corinthians is speaking in tongues, then this giving of thanks in Ephesians is also speaking in tongues. Paul was always picturing people in his mind and speaking in tongues for them, that was how he thanked God for them.

Until now I've always prayed to God in the name of Jesus Christ, but from now on I'm going to pray to God in the name of Christ Jesus. Jesus Christ is not our Lord, Christ Jesus is our Lord.

Back to Corinthians.

1 Corinthians 1:4,5
I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ [Christ Jesus];

That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance [logos], and in all knowledge [gnōsis];

Paul prayed in tongues for the believers in Corinth specificially for them to be enriched in their words and in their knowledge. Utterance is the Greek word logos which means word. Knowledge is the Greek word gnōsis which is the noun form of the word ginōskō, which means to know by experience, to know experientially. A different Greek word oida means to know by tuition. There is a big difference between knowing something because you've been taught about it and knowing something because you've done it or experienced it. God wants us to be enriched not just by being taught his word, but also because we experience it, we live it.

1 Corinthians 1:6-8
Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:

So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming [apokalupsis] of our Lord Jesus Christ Christ Jesus:

Who shall also confirm you unto the end [telos], that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ Christ Jesus.

There is a world of difference between being faultless and being blameless. None of us are faultless, but we are all blameless. Jesus Christ did a pretty good job of redeeming us while he was here on earth. Think that through sometime, selah.

There is actually enough truth in verse 8 to write an entire chapter as a parenthesis here, but I'm not going to do that. However, I will give you some pointers to get you going should you wish to do some of your own research.

One of the Greek words in the New Testament translated coming is parousia. This isn't the word in verse 7 which is apokalupsis and means revealing or appearing. Two other Greek words which are closely related and which are both translated end are sunteleia and telos. Christ's coming, his parousia coming is in two parts, his coming for the saints, as recorded in Thessalonians, and his coming later in the book of revelation with his saints. These are two very different comings so it's important to distinguish between them when reading the bible.

Regarding sunteleia and telos, I've heard sunteleia described like a dog's tail, which is the end of the dog, and telos as the very end tip of that tail. You can picture sunteleia as an end which is moving towards the very final end point, the telos. Let's look at verse 8 again with this understanding.

1 Corinthians 1:8
Who shall also confirm you unto the end [telos], that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ Christ Jesus.

The day of our Lord Christ Jesus is a reference to the seventh Administration, the Administration when Christ returns to earth with his saints when he will be King of Kings and Lord of Lords. In that day we will be blameless. The words that ye may be are in italics, which tells us they were added by the translators and were not in the original texts. Scratch them out for they are simply wrong. If we are born again, we are forgiven. We will be blameless in the day of our Lord Christ Jesus and there is no may be about it. We are blamless because Jesus Christ the man redeemed us by giving his life for us and because God is faithful to his word.

1 Corinthians 1:9
God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ Christ Jesus our Lord.

A few synonyms for faithful are loyal, true, constant, and trustworthy. Our God is loyal, he's true, he's constant, and he's trustworthy.

Numbers 23:19
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

God was faithful for Moses and Joshua. He has been faithful since forever for everyone, and he will be faithful for us. He will never fail us or forsake us.

Joshua 1:5
There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Sure, when we walk away from God and his protection our lives cave in, but that's not because God isn't faithful, it's because we walked away and there's a devil who hates us and who is always looking for an excuse to attack us.

1 Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

My life has caved in quite a number of times, but in every case it was because I broke the word somewhere. For believers things such as idolatry, stealing, refusing to tithe, witchcraft, adultery, homosexuality, spiritualism and a few other things will allow the devil access into your life and you will not enjoy the consequences. If we learn the word and live it we will have God's protection and the devil will not be able to bite us.

The single most important key to God's protection is tithing. You don't believe me? I'm not making this up, it's the truth. God isn't afraid to put his money where his mouth is. Refusing to tithe is robbing God. The tithe is his money, not yours.

Malachi 3:8-12
Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.

And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.

I like to think of the tithe as our rent for living here on God's earth. Ten percent of our gross income isn't a lot to ask in return for the windows of heaven being opened, the devourer being rebuked, and being blessed and delightsome. I've tithed since I first heard about it back in 1978. I've never missed and I will continue to tithe until the return or I take my last breath. This will be coming up again later in Corinthians so we will leave it like this for now. Just remember, God is faithful to his word.

1 Corinthians 1:10
Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ Christ Jesus, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

Now that the introductions are over, here comes the start of the reproof. Corinthians is a reproof epistle. Romans set the standards, while Corinthians reproves believers for wandering away from those standards. Divisions had crept into the home churches and believers were fighting amongst themselves. What were they fighting over? Let's find out.

1 Corinthians 1:11,12
For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.

Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.

Well, well, they were fighting over who the president of their ministry was. Being governed has been engrained into us since Genesis. We just seem to feel comfortable being governed and being told what to do. Hey, governments are how the devil controls the world.

While we're here, let's think about this governing thing for a minute. Conditioning us to be governed is something we are brought up with from birth. As just one simple example, consider speed limits on roads. Sure, speed limits in towns, villages and cities make sense, but speed limits on open roads, dual carriageways and motorways were only introduced to train us to be obedient to government. Listen, when they introduced a speed limit of 70 mph on motorways most cars couldn't do 70 miles per hour and the brakes were awful.

If you think about it, no government actually has a right to make laws on anything. Who the fuck do they think they are telling us what to do? God gave us laws in the bible, and those are the laws which I believe should be the standards for life. Take Leviticus 20:13 for example.

Leviticus 20:13
If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

This is a law which helps us to live decent lives safely and prosperously. Governments have no right to change God's laws or ignore them. If we loved children as much as God does we would do as he says.

Regarding government and control, dividing people is one of the major principles they use to pacify people and enslave them. Grooming people to ignore the bible while dismantling God's laws beneath banners of tolerance and human rights is essential to their agendas of stealing, killing and destroying.

John 10:10
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

This divide and conquer stuff can be used both positively and negatively. For example, breaking down major problems into smaller more manageable pieces makes them easier to solve. When I was over 12k in debt, without realising this principle, I broke the problem down into all its individual pieces and solved them one by one starting with the smaller debts. It took a while but I have now lived debt free for over 25 years. I do not owe anyone a single penny for anything. I always pay my bills on time and I save up and pay cash for everything. It's a wonderful way to live.

This divide and conquer principle has been used for thousands of years to enslave people. There is plenty of information about it online so do your own research. It's an easy subject to get your head around.

Divide and Conquer (from Latin divide et impera) in politics and sociology is gaining and maintaining power by breaking up larger concentrations of power into pieces that individually have less power than the one implementing the strategy. The ancient Babylonians are credited with being early pioneers of the divide and conquer principle. As well as their military campaigns, they also applied it in mathematics by breaking down complex problems into manageable parts to solve them.

The Romans used it all the time, most notably against the Gallic tribes. Alexander the Great's father is known to have used this principle during his conquest of Greece by distributing political and military power among the city states where he knew it would cause resentments and strife. The Belgians and Germans used the principle to cause divisions between the Hutu and Tutsi people of Rwanda and Burundi to lay the groundwork for the genocide. When the English colonized America they helped a few of the native Indian tribes fight other rival tribes, and once those tribes were eliminated the Colonials had no problem eliminating the now weaker and isolated tribes who thought the English were their friends.

In politics, the concept refers to a strategy that breaks up existing power structures and prevents smaller groups from linking up and forming rebellious alliances to fight back. That's what the lockdowns during the Covid episode were all about. It wasn't to protect us, it was to protect them by preventing groups from linking up and planning rebellions to fight back.

The devil understands the principle very well and uses it all the time to enslave people and force them to live under his oppressive and cruel yoke. Here he is in Corinthians at work among the home churches in Paul's day, causing division and strife among the believers.

1 Corinthians 1:11,12
For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.

Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.

This is remarkable because the same thing has occurred in every generation since the first century and is going on all over the world today. The devil is really good at what he does. If Paul were alive today I'm sure these verses would read something like this:

1 Corinthians 1:11,12
For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.

Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am a Catholic; and I a Protestant; and I a Baptist; and I a Methodist, and I a Jehovah's Witness, and I a Mormon, and I Church of Scotland, and I Pentecostal, and I a Seventh Day Adventist, and I a wee Free, and I an Anglican, and I a spiritualist, and I some other brand of religious horseshit.

1 Corinthians 1:13-17
Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;

Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.

And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.

For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

Dividing christianity into splintered bickering factions is how the devil destroys our effectiveness as ministers. We need to get out of the world's shithole churches and religions and stand together in home churches with one heart and one mind, walking by the spirit with Christ as our head. Only then can we be effective ministers and ambassadors for the Lord Christ Jesus.

Note the correct usages of Christ in verses 13 through 17 with no mention of Jesus anywhere. That's because Jesus was the man while he was alive here on earth, while Christ is the resurrected spiritual man, our Lord Christ Jesus. Simple hey, I just learned that this week.

1 Corinthians 1:18
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved [sōzō] it is the power of God.

Those that perish refers to those who are not born again, those who have no holy spirit, those who have no understanding of spiritual matters, those who are without God and without hope. To them, spiritual matters are foolishness, they are nonsense, they laugh at such things because they cannot comprehend anything beyond their five senses. To those of us who have holy spirit and eternal life, the preaching of the cross is the power of God.

1 Corinthians 1:19-21
For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save [sōzō] them that believe.

Foolishness could be translated absurdity. When you think about it, preaching the scriptures to people is an absurd way for folks to get eternal life. We simply speak the word when we have opportunity. If folks believe that God raised the man Jesus Christ from the dead and make him Lord, they receive the gift of holy spirit and eternal life. It's a free gift from God to man which was made available by the work of Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 1:22-25
For the Jews [Judeans] require a sign, and the Greeks [Gentiles] seek after wisdom:

But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews [Judeans] a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks [Gentiles] foolishness;

But unto them which are called, both Jews [Judeans] and Greeks [Gentiles], Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

We preach Christ the risen Lord, not Jesus the earthly man, and it is Christ who is the power of God. Jesus was the man, Christ is our resurrected Lord.

1 Corinthians 1:26-29
For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

That no flesh should glory in his presence.

When it comes to people, there are examples of extremes in the bible that show us that God is no respecter of persons. Anyone can have eternal life because Jesus Christ gave his life for everyone. Moses is a good example of one extreme, brought up as Pharaoh's son, with all the majesty and authority as the king's son at his command. Amos was a swineherd, a nobody. In this administration we have Paul, who was brought up as a pharisee, a freeborn Roman, who sat at the feet of Gamaliel and who had been raised with kings. Then there is me. When God heard my cry for help I was a drunken, dope smoking autistic bum, a complete nobody who should have been dead in 1977 in the Gulf of Aqaba. God saved my life at the very spot where Moses parted the Red Sea. The word says that God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise and I am the living proof that this scripture is the truth for there is no greater fool on earth than me.

I don't care who you are or what you've done, eternal life is yours if you want it. This has nothing to do with who or what we are, or what we have or haven't done, it has everything to do with what the man Jesus Christ accomplished by giving his life for us. God raised him from the dead, and the resurrected Christ Jesus is our wisdom, our righteousness, our sanctification and our redemption.

1 Corinthians 1:30,31
But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.


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