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I Corinthians
Paul has a command, which he says comes from God, for married people.

I Corinthians

The second of the Epistles, and the seventh book in the New Testament, is Paul's first letter to the Church in Corinth; I Corinthians. It was written when Paul was in the city of Ephesus, in modern-day Turkey, after he has heard about divisions in the Corinthian Church which he founded three years previously. There are reports of immoral behaviour and lawsuits between members, which Paul wishes to address. There are also questions concerning correct behaviour which Paul answers in his letter.

All quotations from the Bible are taken from the Authorised King James Version.
1.
Paul advises unmarried people to stay single. Why is this?
Because marriage is a trial
Because marriage is an unnecessary institution
Because marriage is a sin
Because marriage is of the flesh rather than of the spirit
The single person can devote more of their time to serving God, but those who are married must consider their spouse and other worldly distractions.

I Corinthians 7:32-34
"But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: but he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife. There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband"
2.
Paul tells the Corinthians that they should not do what with immoral people?
Talk to them
Eat with them
Clothe them
Give them drink
Jesus Himself mixed with sinners. But Paul is telling us not to allow sinners to be members of the Church. To get away from sinners entirely one would have to leave the Earth!

I Corinthians 5:9-13
"I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person"
3.
Paul has a command, which he says comes from God, for married people. What is this command?
Not to argue
Not to beat one another
Not to divorce
Not to have children
If a couple splits up then they must not marry another.

I Corinthians 7:10-11
"And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: but and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife"
4.
As he berates the Corinthians for taking out lawsuits against one another, Paul tells them that one day Christians will judge who?
The angels
The Jews
The devils
The Gentiles
Paul asks, how can men who cannot settle matters between themselves one day be judges of angels?

I Corinthians 6:1-6
"Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers"
5.
Paul talks of the gifts Christians have received. Some are made wise, others can heal, prophesy or speak foreign languages. Where does Paul say these gifts come from?
From the Father
From the Son
From the Holy Spirit
From our righteousness
The Christians had been blessed with many different kinds of gifts, but they all originate from the same source - the Holy Spirit.

I Corinthians 12:8-11
"For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; to another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: but all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will"
6.
Paul tells us that married people give up full authority of what?
Of their minds
Of their money
Of their lives
Of their bodies
When we marry our bodies are no longer our own, but become partly the property of our spouses.

I Corinthians 7:3-5
"Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency"
7.
Paul criticises the Corinthians for gluttony and drunkenness which occurs at what time?
During wild parties
During Holy Communion
During Baptisms
During funerals
The Corinthians have been disrespecting the re-enactment of the last supper. Some have been eating greedily, whilst others go hungry, and some have been getting drunk.

I Corinthians 11:20-22
"When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper. For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken. What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not"
8.
Paul ends his letter by saying that anyone who does not love Jesus should be "Anathema Maranatha". What does Anathema Maranatha mean?
Cursed - the Lord is coming
Blessed - they must find wisdom
Cursed - they are lost
Blessed - may their eyes be opened
I Corinthians 16:21-24
"The salutation of me Paul with mine own hand.
If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.
The first epistle to the Corinthians was written from Philippi by Stephanas, and Fortunatus, and Achaicus, and Timotheus

Paul wants us all to be saved, but time is short. For those who will not believe we can do nothing
9.
Paul says that the gifts such as prophesying or speaking foreign languages will one day cease, but one thing will never end. What is it that Paul says will never fail?
Faith
Hope
Charity
Wisdom
I Corinthians 13:4-8
"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away"

Some other translations substitute the word "charity" for "love"
10.
Regarding his ministry, Paul says that he is what, to all men?
All things to all men
A light to all men
All ears to all men
A voice to all men
Amongst Jews Paul acts as a Jew, and to Gentiles, as one of them.

I Corinthians 9:20-22
"And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; to them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some"

 

Author:  Graeme Haw

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