1 CORINTHIANS 15.1-11. SKETCH. BY FABIAN MASSA

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1 CORINTHIANS 15.1-11. SKETCH. BY FABIAN MASSA

Paul had founded the Corinthian Church around 50 AD. The information is in facts 18.1-4. Paul had stayed at the home of Aquila and Priscilla, both Christians and, like Pablo, tentmakers. This marriage had recently arrived from Rome, where Emperor Claudius had thrown both Christians and Jews. In his commentary on the book of Acts, Simon Kistemaker says about this, quoting the Roman historian Suetonius: "Claudius had expelled the Jews because they were continually provoking disorders, instigated by a certain Cresto" as a result of those conflicts between Jews and Christians, both groups were driven out of the Imperial city in 49 AD [1].

Paul began his missionary work in Corinth around the year '50 d. C. In 18.11 Luke says Paul stayed 18 months teaching and preaching in Corinth. The first letter to the Corinthians was written in Ephesus, where according to Acts 20.31 Paul lived between 54 and 57 AD. The problems of the Corinthian churches are those of a Church that is in the stage of expansion and development, to these, Paul wants to remind them of the gospel that he had preached to them a few years before, assuring them that: "2 Through this gospel they are saved, if you cling to the word that I preached to you. Otherwise, they will have believed in vain. "

The gospel that Paul had transmitted at the beginning was: "3 For above all I conveyed to you what I myself received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the twelve. 6 Later he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at a time, most of whom still live, although some have died. 7 Then he appeared to James, later to all the apostles, 8 and finally, as one born out of time, he also appeared to me. "

15.9-11 Paul declares that all his work in the apostolate was by God's grace

The true gospel is that Christ died for our sins, resurrected on the 3rd day and ascended to the Throne in Heaven. With his life he paid for our sins, fulfilled all the Law and put us in Peace that God the Father. To Paul it seemed appropriate to remind them of this so basic the Corinthians, and this is because they had deviated from the true faith, having a "church life" impregnated with a rancid religious liturgy, being a set of conflicting congregations (as we have seen here chapter by chapter).

Their members were vain, carnal, and their pastors without theological knowledge and because of this they were unable to give advice and, considering the poor level of understanding of the members of the churches, they were not very good at teaching doctrine either (1 Corinthians 6.5).

Any resemblance to the current Church is NOT pure coincidence, but the same repeated history: The "Anointed" want to make large churches, to live as wrens of them and therefore need to fill them with people (who decimate, of course) and become in his court of lamebotas and sycophants, in a Verticalist system proper to the OT In the whole of the 1st Letter to the Corinthians we see that it did not work in 50 AD

A church is strong when its members are born again, when they study Scripture, when they apply the NT model to their congregation, seeking to function as a "Community" in the horizontality of the New Covenant, where each one has a gift from God to build the community. A community where everyone is at the same height and only Christ is exalted.

Week 70 is on the doorstep, do not stay outside.


1 CORINTHIANS 15.1-11. SKETCH. BY FABIAN MASSA
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[1] COMMENTARY ON ACTS, Simón Kistemaker, Ed. Libros Desafío, page 695

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