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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Περὶ δὲ τῶν πνευματικῶν in 1 Cor. 12-14.

What about the issue of τῶν πνευματικῶν? In First Corinthians 12-14, the apostle Paul critically evaluates the abuse of and twisted teachng about τῶν πνευματικῶν in the mid first century Corinthian Christian community. This church had adopted pagan Greek thinking out of their background in the city and considered it superior to the apostolic Gospel that Paul was preaching. Consequently, a fist full of destructive problems exploded in the church and threatened to ruin it and the Gospel witness to the city. In the letter body of First Corinthians Paul confronts these probloems head on with both compassion and uncompromizing bluntness. Relations with the church became severely strained but Paul stood his ground for the authentic Gospel over against a watered down twisted version based more on contemporary culture rather than divine revelaton. Modern Christianity has much to learn from the apostle Paul! The 85 page overview of these chapters in volume 37 of the BIC commentary provides new insight into the issues at Corinth and how they relate to the modern world.