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1 CORINTHIANS - PROBLEMS OF A LOCAL CHURCH
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Charts from Jensen's Survey of the NT - used by permission
Another Overview Chart - First Corinthians - Charles Swindoll
Another Overview Chart


INTRODUCTORY THOUGHTS
1 CORINTHIANS

FROM CHART: Note 2 major divisions:

  • FIRST DIVISION - Chapters 1-6 = Problems of Congregation - Divisions & Depravities,
  • SECOND DIVISION - Chapters 7-16 = Personal Problems, Worship Problems

 KEY WORDS IN 1 CORINTHIANS - see also "Key Word Bookmark" (laprecept.com)

  • Love (17x/14v) - 1 Co. 2:9; 4:21; 8:1, 3; 13:1-4, 8, 13; 14:1; 16:14, 22, 24 (Most in the 2nd Division)
  • Spirit (56x/42v) - 22 refer to the Holy Spirit - 1 Co. 2:4, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15,  3:1, 16; 4:21; 5:3, 4, 5; 6:11, 17, 19; 7:34, 40; 9:11; 10:3,4; 12:1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13; 14:1,2, 12, 14, 15, 16, 32, 37; 15:44, 45, 46; 16:18
  • Body (46x/34v) - 1 Co. 5:3; 6:13, 16, 18, 19, 20; 7:4, 34; 9:27; 10:16, 17; 11:24, 27, 29; 12:12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 27; 13:3; 15:35, 37, 38, 42, 44 (Most in the 2nd Division)
  • Idol (16x/12v) - 1 Co. 5:10, 11; 6:9; 8:1, 4, 7, 10; 10:7, 14, 19, 28; 12:2 (Most in the 2nd Division)
  • Temple (6x/5v) - 1 Co. 3:16, 17; 6:19; 8:10; 9:13
  • Immorality (10x/8v) - 1 Co. 5:1, 9, 10, 11; 6:13, 18 (twice); 1 Cor 7:2; 10:8
  • Wisdom (18x/15v) - 1 Co. 1:19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 30; 2:1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 13; 3:19; 12:8 (Most in 1st Division)
  • Wise (11x/10v) - 1 Co. 1:19, 20, 26, 27; 3:10, 18, 19, 20; 6:5; 10:15  (Most in 1st Division)
  • Fools, Foolishness, Foolish (11x/11v) - 1 Co. 1:18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27; 2:14; 3:18, 19; 4:10; 15:36
  • Power (11x/11v) - 1 Co. 1:18, 24; 2:4, 5; 4:19, 20; 5:4; 6:14; 15:24, 43, 56
  • Gift (13x/13v) - 1 Co. 1:7; 7:7; 12:1, 4, 9, 28, 30, 31; 13:2, 8; 14:1, 12; 16:3 (Most in 2nd Division)
  • Resurrection (4x/4v) - 1 Co 15:12, 13, 21, 42 (All in 2nd Division)
  • Cross (2x/2v) - 1 Cor 1:17, 18
  • Call, calling, called (17x/14v) - 1 Co. 1:1, 2, 9, 24, 26; 7:15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24; 14:24; 15:9
  • Boast (9x/8v) - 1 Co. 1:29, 31; 3:21; 4:7; 5:6; 9:15, 16; 15:31 (Note: Boast occurs in another 20 verses in Second Corinthians!)
  • Arrogant (6x/6v) - 1 Co. 4:6, 18, 19; 5:2; 8:1; 13:4

KEY VERSES - 1 Corinthians 1:10 (divisions), 1 Corinthians 7:1 (personal and corporate problems), 1 Corinthians 15:57

PURPOSE: Paul’s purposes for writing the Corinthians were several. His first purpose was to deal with several moral problems and the divisions that had formed as people had divided into fan-clubs and were proclaiming themselves followers of Paul, Apollos, Peter or Christ (1 Cor 1:10). His second reason was to deal with several questions that had been asked in a letter the Corinthians had sent to him (1 Cor 7:1). A third purpose that appears throughout the book is Paul’s defense of his apostolic authority. (Paul Apple's Commentary - 445 pages - recommended)

CONTEXT - Paul began his ministry in Corinth on his second missionary journey under much opposition (Acts 18:6-17), but he was able to convert several influential people and consequently remained for about one and a half years in Corinth. See Paul's Relationship with the Church at Corinth

OUTLINE OF 1 CORINTHIANS (modified from Charles Swindoll's Overview Chart)

I. Rebuke for Sinful Conditions (1 Cor 1:10-6:2)

A. Divisions in the Church (1 Cor 1:10-4:21)
B. Disorders in the Church (1 Cor 5:1-6:20)

II. Reply to Specific Questions re "Difficulties" (1 Cor 7:1-16:9) 

A. Domestic Difficulty - marriage and divorce (1 Cor 7:1-40)
B. Social Difficulty - liberty and license (1 Cor 8:1-11:1)
C. Ecclesiastical Difficulty - women and worship (1 Cor 11:2-34)
D. Practical Difficulty - gifts and body (1 Cor 12:1-14:40)
E. Doctrinal Difficulty - death and resurrection (1 Cor 15:1-58)
F. Financial Difficulty - gifts and body (1 Cor 16:1-9)

OUTLINE OF 1 CORINTHIANS (John MacArthur's excellent introduction to 1 Corinthians)

I.  Introduction: The Calling and Benefits of Sainthood (1 Corinthians 1:1–9)
II.  Disunity in the Church (1 Corinthians 1:10–4:21)

A.  The Need for Unity (1 Corinthians 1:10–3:23)
B.  The Need for Servanthood (1 Corinthians 4:1–21)

III.  Immorality in the Church (1 Corinthians 5:1–6:20)
IV.  Marriage in the Church (1 Corinthians 7:1–40)
V.  Liberty in the Church (1 Corinthians 8:1–11:1)
VI.  Worship in the Church (1 Corinthians 11:2–14:40)

A.  Roles of Men and Women in the Church (1 Corinthians 11:2–16)
B.  The Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:17–34)
C.  Spiritual Gifts (1 Corinthians 12:1–14:40)

VII.  The Hope of the Church: Resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:1–58)
VIII.  A Charge to the Church (1 Corinthians 16:1–24)

A.  Stewardship (1 Corinthians 16:1–4)
B.  Personal Plans and Greetings (1 Corinthians 16:5–24)

Middletown Bible has an excellent "practical" outline of problems in the church at Corinth:

The book of 1 Corinthians reveals many of the problems that the Corinthian church faced. In fact, there is a problem in almost every chapter of the book. Paul wrote to the believers living in this city to give them God’s answers to these many problems:

  1. The Problem of Divisions in the Church (1 Cor. 1:10-13)
  2. The Problem of Worldly Wisdom (1 Cor. 1:17-2:16)
  3. The Problem of Carnality (1 Cor. 3:1-4)
  4. The Problem of Immorality in the Church (1 Cor. 5:1-13)
  5. The Problem of Bringing a Fellow Believer to Court (1 Cor. 6:1-8)
  6. The Problem of Fornication (1 Cor. 6:15-20)
  7. The Problem of Marriage and Divorce (1 Cor. 7:1-40)
  8. The Problem of Meats Offered to Idols (1 Cor. 8:1-13)
  9. The Problem of the Role Men and Women Should Have in Christ's Church (1 Cor. 11:1-17)
  10. The Problem of Abusing the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor. 11:20-34)
  11. The Problem of Spiritual Gifts (1 Cor. 12:1-31)
  12. The Problem of a Lack of Love (1 Cor. 13:1-13)
  13. The Problem of Speaking in Tongues (1 Cor. 14:1-40)
  14. The Problem of Wrong Teaching About the Resurrection of the Dead (1 Cor. 15:1-58)
  15. The Problem of Collecting for the Saints (1 Cor. 16:1-3)

CITY OF CORINTH - Corinth was the capital of Achaia and located 40 miles west of Athens on the narrow isthmus connecting Peloponnese (on the south) with northern mainland of Greece (all uses of "Corinth" - Acts 18:1; 19:1; 1 Cor. 1:2; 2 Cor. 1:1, 23; 2 Tim. 4:20). Corinth was located between the Aegean and Adriatic Seas (see map below) and was a port city about five miles in circumference just south of the sharply rising 2000 foot Acrocorinth (see picture and see map "G") from which Athens could be seen on a clear day.  The Temple of Aphrodite (Roman = Venus) was located on the Acrocorinth and housed the 1000 "priestesses" employed as hierodouloi (from hieros = consecrated to deity +  doulos = bondservants) who served as temple prostitutes to facilitate idolatrous "worship" (cf "sacred prostitution"). As an aside it is notable that Scripture often associates sexual immorality (porneia) with idolatry (eidololatreia) (cf 1 Cor 5:11, 6:9, Eph 5:5-note, Rev 2:20-note, Rev 21:8-note). And remember that Paul also associated idolatry with covetousness writing that "greed...amounts to idolatry." (Col 3:5-note, Eph 5:5-noteWorship at the temple involved sexual encounters with these "priestesses" and this attracted "worshipers" from all across the Roman world. It is even recorded that the sandals of these notorious priestesses of Aphrodite were studded with an imprint that spelled our "Follow me" in the dust of the street (What a contrast with Jesus' call to "Follow Me" - Mt 4:19)! One cannot help but think of similar seductive pictures found on the internet even on seemingly innocent sites such as news pages! Clearly this illicit "worship" was a great temptation to the Christians at Corinth (just as is the internet to Christian's today!) as evidenced by Paul's exhortations and warnings in this first letter (1 Cor 5:1, 9,10, 11, 1 Cor 6:9-11, 12-17, 18, 19, 20). The immoral condition of Corinth is vividly seen in the fact that the Greek term (coined by Aristophanes) Korinthiazomai (lit., to act the Corinthian) came to mean "to practice fornication." Aleiphro wrote "I did not enter Corinth after all, for I learned in a short time the sordidness of the rich there and the misery of the poor." 

"Ships wanting to avoid the dangerous trip around the southern tip of Greece were dragged across that isthmus. The city boasted an outdoor theater that accommodated 20,000 people (See reconstruction of Corinth circa A D 100), athletic games second only to the Olympics, a Greek, Roman, and Oriental population....There were taverns on the south side of the marketplace, and many drinking vessels have been dug up from those liquor lockers. Corinth was noted for everything sinful." (Charles Ryrie) Every shop in the city had a deep, spring-fed well in which to cool containers of wine. Strabo wrote that "All the people of Corinth gorge themselves." It was even customary in stage plays for actors to come on stage drunk.

In the picture below note the agora which was the city's marketplace and the Bema which was the judgment seat. Corinth had an extensive commerce, like all the large towns on the Mediterranean Sea, and became celebrated for its wealth, magnificence, and learning. Corinth's pottery, brass and marble for building columns were famous throughout the world. The city is now desolate with just a little village near the ancient Corinth. There is, however, a modern city of Corinth, a few miles away, with about twenty thousand inhabitants. Archaeologists have also discovered a broken lintel (part of a door) bearing the Greek description "synagogue of Hebrews."

Paul preached at Corinth about A.D. 53 for eighteen months (Acts 18:11). He paid Corinth a short second visit during the period A.D. 54–57, not mentioned specifically in Acts but implied in 1 Cor. 16:7; 2 Cor. 12:14; 13:1, where he speaks of an intended third journey to Corinth which coincides with that in Acts 20:2. He spent three winter months in Corinth (A.D. 57 and 58), during which he wrote the Epistle to the Romans (Acts 20:2, 3 [cf. 1 Cor. 16:6]; Rom. 16:1).


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Kay Arthur adds that "Sin abounded in the cosmopolitan city of Corinth...The Corinthians were intrigued by Greek philosophy and captivated by the disciplined training and athletic events (see events) held at the Isthmus (see Isthmian Games). At one time the city was home to at least 12 pagan temples. The people desperately needed to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ, the One crucified for sinners. The worship ceremonies carried out by a thousand temple prostitutes connected with the temple of Aphrodite (the goddess of love) bred blatant immorality throughout Corinth....Prostitutes openly plied their "wares," and meat markets thrived on sales from the sacrifices offered in the temples. The Corinthians ate well, satisfied their sexual urges without condemnation, flirted with the wisdom of men, and did all they could to keep their bodies as beautiful as those of the Greek gods. They loved to listen to great orators. For the 250,000 citizens (not slaves) there were almost two slaves per person (Ed: Therefore the total population was about 700,000). What more did Corinth need? Freedom! Freedom from sin and death. God met that need by blocking Paul at every hand on his second missionary journey (cf Acts 16:6, 7, 8) until he received the Macedonian call "Come and help us." (Acts 16:9) After establishing the Corinthian church, Paul eventually went to Ephesus, where he stayed for three years. From there he wrote his first epistle to the Corinthian believers, who so desperately needed help and correction. It was sometime between A.D. 52 and A. D. 56." (Discover the Bible for Yourself

In summary, Corinth was a city with a prevalent pagan influence and a plethora of perversions (1 Cor 6:9,10) but despite these apparent obstacles to the Gospel, the Spirit enabled Paul to plant a church in the center of vice and idolatry on his Second Missionary journey (1 Cor 3:6, 10; 4:15; Acts 18:1–7). 


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Middletown Bible

Dictionary Articles on Corinth:

Boyer: If Paul were to write a letter to the evangelical, Bible-believing churches of late twentieth century America, I believe it would be much like I Corinthians. Their world was like our world: the same thirst for intellectualism, the same permissiveness toward moral standards, the same fascination for the spectacular. And their church was like our churches: proud, affluent, materialistic, fiercely eager for intellectual and social acceptance by the world, doctrinally orthodox but morally and practically conforming to the world.

Morris: Paul’s purpose, then, in writing this Epistle, is principally to set right disorders which the Corinthians took lightly, but which he regarded as grave sins. Secondly, he wrote to answer some questions put to him. Thirdly, he wrote to give some doctrinal teaching, particularly on the resurrection.

Hodge: Paul’s relation to the church in Corinth was in some respects peculiar. He was not only the founder of the congregation, but he continued in the closest relation to it. It excited his solicitude, called for the wisest management, tried his patience and forbearance, rewarded him at times by signal evidence of affection and obedience, and filled him with hopes of its extended and healthful influence. His love for that church was therefore of special intensity. It was analogous to that of a father for a promising son beset with temptations, whose character combined great excellencies with great defects. The epistles to the Corinthians, therefore, reveal to us more of the personal character of the apostle than any of his other letters. They show him to us as a man, as a pastor, as a counsellor, as in conflict not only with heretics, but with personal enemies. They reveal his wisdom, his zeal, his forbearance, his liberality of principle and practice in all matters of indifference, his strictness in all matters of right and wrong, his humility, and perhaps above all, his unwearied activity and wonderful endurance.

COMPARISON OF
1ST AND 2ND CORINTHIANS
1 CORINTHIANS 2 CORINTHIANS
Objective
and practical
Subjective
and Personal
Insight into the Character
of an Early Church
Insight into the Character
and Ministry of Paul
Deliberate
Instruction
Impassioned
Testimony
Warns Against 
Pagan Influences
Warns Against
Judaistic Influences
From Irving Jensen

1 CORINTHIANS COMMENTARY
SELECTED VERSES
Bruce Hurt, M.D.

PRECEPT MINISTRIES
Inductive Bible Study

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Leader Helps

Lectures on 1 Corinthians - Part 1 (Kay Arthur)

Lectures on 1 Corinthians - Part 2 (Kay Arthur)

HENRY ALFORD
The New Testament for English Readers
1 Corinthians Commentary

Read his fascinating brief biography - Henry Alford (1810-1871) and Phil Johnson's related comments

James Rosscup writes that Alford's series on the New Testament "contains much that is valuable in the Greek New Testament… though all of the Greek New Testament words have been changed to English throughout." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (see his comments in following entry on Alford).

Editorial Note: If you are not proficient in Greek, you will find this work considerably more useful than the following work by Alford, because in this volume he translates the Greek and Latin into English. While the "The Greek New Testament" is longer (e.g., English version of 1John = 66 pages compared to Greek version = 94 pages in part because the latter includes comments of more technical nature), the substance of the commentary is otherwise similar to that found in the "NT for English Readers".


HENRY ALFORD
The Greek New Testament
1 Corinthians Commentary

James Rosscup writes that "This was the great work in the life of the versatile Dean of Canterbury. An outcome of this production was the New Testament for English Readers (4 vols.). Alford was a Calvinist, conservative and premillennial, though not dispensational. He takes a literal interpretation of the thousand years in Rev. 20 and has a famous quote there, is strong on sovereign election as in Ro 8:29, 30 and 1Pe 1:2, but, unfortunately, holds to baptismal regeneration in such texts as Titus 3:5 and John 3:5. He shows a great knowledge of the Greek text and faces problems of both a doctrinal and textual nature." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works or Logos)

John Piper writes ""When I’m stumped with a… grammatical or syntactical or logical [question] in Paul, I go to Henry Alford. Henry Alford… comes closer more consistently than any other human commentator to asking my kinds of questions."

Charles Haddon Spurgeon writes that this text "is an invaluable aid to the critical study of the text of the New Testament. You will find in it the ripened results of a matured scholarship, the harvesting of a judgment, generally highly impartial, always worthy of respect, which has gleaned from the most important fields of Biblical research, both modern and ancient, at home and abroad. You will not look here for any spirituality of thought or tenderness of feeling; you will find the learned Dean does not forget to do full justice to his own views, and is quite able to express himself vigorously against his opponents; but for what it professes to be, it is an exceedingly able and successful work. The later issues are by far the most desirable, as the author has considerably revised the work in the fourth edition. What I have said of his Greek Testament applies equally to Alford’s New Testament for English Readers,* which is also a standard work." (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students, Vol. 4: Commenting and Commentaries; Lectures Addressed to the students of the Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle)


JACK ARNOLD
1 CORINTHIANS
SERMONS

Over 450 pages of conservative, evangelical sermon material.

WILLIAM BARCLAY
Daily Study Bible
1 Corinthians Commentary

D Edmond Hiebert - Uses author's own translation. Especially valuable for the historical background material presented. Good word studies and various illustrations. (from Hiebert's critique of Barclay on Peter's epistles - "Barclay holds that Christ's descent into Hades gave those who there heard Him a second chance.")

Comment: I appreciate Barclay's unique insights on Greek words, but clearly his teaching about a "second chance" is NOT sound doctrine! Be an Acts 17:11 Berean with Barclay. See discussion of his orthodoxy especially the article "The Enigmatic William Barclay".


ALBERT BARNES
Notes on the New Testament
Commentary on 1 Corinthians

James Rosscup writes that Barnes "includes 16 volumes on the Old Testament, 11 on the New Testament. The New Testament part of this old work was first published in 1832–1851. Various authors contributed. It is evangelical and amillennial… Often the explanations of verses are very worthwhile." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works or Logos)

C H Spurgeon "Albert Barnes is a learned and able divine, but his productions are unequal in value, the gospels are of comparatively little worth, but his other comments are extremely useful for Sunday-school teachers and persons with a narrow range of reading, endowed with enough good sense to discriminate between good and evil… Placed by the side of the great masters, Barnes is a lesser light, but taking his work for what it is and professes to be, no minister can afford to be without it, and this is no small praise for works which were only intended for Sunday-school teachers." (Lectures to my Students, Vol. 4: Commenting and Commentaries; Lectures Addressed to the students of the Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle)


BRIAN BELL
1 Corinthians
Sermon Notes

JOHANN A BENGEL
Commentary Notes on 1 Corinthians
The "Gnomon of the New Testament" (1877)

Note: If not proficient in Greek, see related Critical English Testament below.

James Rosscup writes "This work (Gnomon), originally issued in 1742, has considerable comment on the Greek, flavoring the effort with judicious details about the spiritual life. It has much that helps, but has been surpassed by many other commentaries since its day." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)


JOHANN BENGEL
The Critical English Testament
Commentary on 1 Corinthians

Represents Combination of Bengel's Gnomon (above) and Comments by more modern expositors (in brackets) to make this more usable for those who do not read Greek.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon -- "'A Critical New Testament, so compiled as to enable a reader, unacquainted with Greek, to ascertain the exact English force and meaning of the language of the New Testament, and to appreciate the latest results of modern criticism.' Such is the professed aim of this commentary, and the compilers have very fairly carried out their intentions. The whole of Bengel’s Gnomon is bodily transferred into the work, and as one hundred and twenty years have elapsed since the first issue of that book, it may be supposed that much has since been added to the wealth of Scripture exposition; the substance of this has been incorporated in brackets, so as to bring it down to the present advanced state of knowledge. We strongly advise the purchase of this book, as it is multum in parvo, and will well repay an attentive perusal. Tischendorf and Alford have contributed largely, with other German and English critics, to make this one of the most lucid and concise commentaries on the text and teachings of the New Testament" (Lectures to my Students, Vol. 4: Commenting and Commentaries; Lectures Addressed to the students of the Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle)


JOSEPH BEET
1 Corinthians
Commentary

D Edmond Hiebert - A clear and full interpretation by a British Methodist scholar of the past century. Its doctrinal summaries are intended as a contribution to systematic theology.


BIBLICAL ILLUSTRATOR
1 Corinthians
Joseph Exell, Editor

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WILLIAM BURKITT
1 Corinthians
Commentary

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1 Corinthians
Commentary

PAUL T BUTLER
Studies in 1 Corinthians
Commentary

  • 1 Corinthians Commentary - scroll through bookcase for 1 Corinthians - some good material but Church of Christ perspective so be an Acts 17:10 Berean.

JOHN CALVIN
1 Corinthians
Commentary

CAMBRIDGE GREEK TESTAMENT
1 Corinthians
Commentary

ALAN CARR
1 Corinthians
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ADAM CLARKE
1 Corinthians
Commentary

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THOMAS CONSTABLE
1 Corinthians
Expository Notes

W A CRISWELL
1 Corinthians
Sermons

CRITICAL AND EXEGETICAL COMMENTARY
First Epistle of St Paul To The Corinthians
Archibald Robertson, Alfred Plummer

Rosscup: This, after Fee, is the most detailed and the best critical commentary on the epistle. Though not as readable as works by Godet, Grosheide, Johnson and Morris, it is more detailed in discussing possibilities for a given passage. (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An annotated bibliography of selected works)

D Edmond Hiebert - Greek text Important introduction and a very thorough treatment of the Greek text, bringing out its finer shades of meaning. Essential for the careful student of the original text.


BOB DEFFINBAUGH
1 Corinthians
Sermons

MARCUS DODS
The Expositor's Bible
Commentary on 1 Corinthians

JOHN DUMMELOW
1 Corinthians
Commentary

THOMAS EDWARDS
1 Corinthians
Commentary

In Depth Verse by Verse Commentary

D Edmond Hiebert - Greek text. An exhaustive exposition by an independent, evangelical British scholar of the past century.


JONATHAN EDWARDS
 1 Corinthians
Sermons

TIMOTHY EDWARDS
1 Corinthians
Commentary

CHARLES R ERDMAN
THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS
(1928)

D Edmond Hiebert - A brief conservative exposition by a Presbyterian professor of the past generation. Well adapted to the non-professional Bible student.


EXPOSITOR'S GREEK TESTAMENT
1 Corinthians Commentary
G. G. Findlay

D Edmond Hiebert - A thorough commentary on the Greek text by an evangelical Methodist scholar of the past generation. Characterized by a thorough grasp of Pauline thought in the epistle. For the advanced student.


JOHN GILL
1 Corinthians
Commentary

FRÉDÉRIC GODET
1 Corinthians
Commentary

Rosscup: Godet, a Swiss Protestant Reformed scholar, was Professor of New Testament in the Free Evangelical Theological School, Neuchatel. He deals seriously with the text in the Greek, usually giving solid comments in a serious effort to explain a passage and showing connections between sections. His is one of the finer works among the older commentaries, well-worth consulting for its scholarship and its warm strain. (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors)

D Edmond Hiebert - An exhaustive technical commentary by a conservative French scholar of the past century. Valuable for its exegesis and warm spiritual views but weak and out of date in matters of textual criticism.


BRUCE GOETTSCHE
1 Corinthians
Sermons

GOTQUESTIONS
1 CORINTHIANS

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H L GOUDGE
THE FIRST EPISTLE TO THE CORINTHIANS
1915

D Edmond Hiebert - A very helpful commentary aimed at meeting the needs of the theological student and the clergy by an evangelical British scholar. Various added notes supplement the concise comments on the individual verses.

Verse by verse and phrase by phrase.


DAVE GUZIK
1 Corinthians
Commentary

MATTHEW HENRY
1 Corinthians
Commentary

CHARLES HODGE
1 Corinthians
Commentary

See also: Questions from Charles Hodge adapted to his Exposition of 1 Corinthians. 

Spurgeon: The more we use Hodge, the more we value him. This applies to all his commentaries. (Lectures to my Students, Vol. 4: Commenting and Commentaries)

Rosscup: The famous theologian’s work, originally in 1857, is very worthy of reprint and much used by pastors, students and lay people in general. As on Romans, he explains each verse in a careful manner, informed by much study, and is particularly adept and helpful in bringing out the doctrinal truth. Those who use his works find much assistance in thinking through issues consistently with Scripture, seen from a Reformed perspective.

Keith Mathison (Ligonier Ministries): There are many who would ignore these older commentaries in favor of newer works, but in this case at least, that would be a major mistake. Hodge’s work is filled with valuable insight into Paul’s letter. Highly recommended.


HARRY IRONSIDE
1 Corinthians
Commentary

Rosscup: A popular work of a survey nature, this is helpful because of its insight into the problems of the Corinthians and the practical applications today. The illustrations are good. (One of the better commentaries with a devotional flavor).

D Edmond Hiebert - A series of 39 expository addresses by a well-known Bible teacher-pastor covering the entire epistle. Practical and informative lectures with numerous pertinent illustrations. Premillennial in emphasis.


JAMIESON, FAUSSET, BROWN
1 Corinthians
Commentary

S LEWIS JOHNSON
1 Corinthians
Sermons

Rosscup (on his work in Wycliffe Bible Commentary): This work in the English, based upon a careful study of the Greek text, is helpful because it gets right to the crux of problems. However, by necessity, it is brief.


KEITH KRELL
1 Corinthians
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STEVE LEWIS
1 Corinthians
Studies

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JOHN MACARTHUR
 1 Corinthians
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EXPOSITOR'S DICTIONARY OF TEXTS

A C GAEBELEIN

JOHN GRAY

GRACE BIBLE

L M GRANT

JAMES HASTINGS

ROBERT HAWKER

F B HOLE

WILLIAM KELLY

  • D Edmond Hiebert -An independent, conservative exposition by a Plymouth Brethren scholar of the past century. The footnotes deal mostly with manuscript evidence for variant textual readings.

C F KLING 1861

  • D Edmond Hiebert -A voluminous conservative Lutheran exposition. The epistles are divided into convenient paragraphs, with the material under each section appearing in three parts, exegetical and critical, doctrinal and ethical, homiletical and practical. Contains much rich ore to be mined by those willing to dig into its closely printed pages.

PAUL KRETZMANN

JAMES LIAS - Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

HENRY MAHAN

J VERNON MCGEE

F B MEYER

ROBERT NEIGHBOUR

PETER PETT

PHILLIP SCHAFF

JOHNNY L SANDERS

HAMILTON SMITH

SPEAKER'S COMMENTARY

BOB UTLEY

DANIEL WHEDON

SERMONS AND STUDIES
 1 CORINTHIANS
Alphabetized by Author

GREGG ALLEN

DON ANDERSON

BAKER'S EVANGELICAL DICTIONARY

DICTIONARIES

WAYNE BARBER - one of my favorites - recommended, practical teaching on the "Christ life"

CHRIS BENFIELD

BIBLE.ORG

JIM BOMKAMP  - Sermon Notes - Calvary Chapel Green Bay

F F BRUCE

RICH CATHERS

D MARION CLARK

STEVEN COLE

RON DANIEL

J LIGON DUNCAN

HENRY MORRIS - DEFENDER'S STUDY BIBLE

DON FORTNER

GOSPEL COALITION

JAMES GRAY

HOLMAN STUDY BIBLE

  • Holman Christian Standard Bible - Study Bible (HCSB Study Bible)
  • Well done notes. Here is a sample comment on 1 Cor 6:9-11 "Believers should not be deceived into thinking that unbelieving judges (the unrighteous) and their slap-on-the-wrist verdicts about serious sin can render justice in the church. These people have no inheritance in God's kingdom. Only believers, who are washed... sanctified, and justified, can rightly judge sins (1 Cor 6:1). Paul's Corinthian readers would also take this admonition as a cause for asking themselves if their behavior matched that of "the unrighteous" or that of the "washed," the "sanctified," and the "justified.""

DAVID HOLWICK - frequent illustrations

HAMPTON KEATHLEY IV

STEVE KRELOFF - Messianic pastor

DAVID LEGGE

BRYN MACPHAIL

MONERGISM

NIV STUDY BIBLE

WILLIAM ORR

MYER PEARLMAN

WIL POUNDS

PRECEPTAUSTIN - articles related to 1 Corinthians

RICHARD PRATT - about 200 pages, essentially verse by verse

DON ROBINSON

ADRIAN ROGERS

JAMES SMITH - Sermon Outlines

RAY STEDMAN

JOHN STEVENSON - has some nice tables and diagrams

SAM STORMS - series on 1 Corinthians 12-14

CHARLES SWINDOLL

DANIEL WALLACE

JAMES VAN DINE

1 CORINTHIANS 1

DOUG GOINS

GREG BREAZEALE

DON FORTNER

RAY PRITCHARD

PASTORLIFE SERMONS

It's Still The Cross

WIL POUNDS

C H SPURGEON

LLOYD STILLEY

CALVIN WITTMAN

GEORGE WHITEFIELD

1 CORINTHIANS 2

GEORGE WHITEFIELD

RAY PRITCHARD

RICK WARREN

DOUG GOINS

PASTORLIFE SERMONS

C H SPURGEON

1 CORINTHIANS 3

ANDREW MURRAY

DOUG GOINS

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

PASTORLIFE SERMONS

1 CORINTHIANS 4

VANCE HAVNER

DOUG GOINS

J. LIGON DUNCAN

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

RONALD MEEKS

PASTORLIFE SERMONS

C H SPURGEON

BETHANY BIBLE

RICK WARREN

1 CORINTHIANS 5

DOUG GOINS

BETHANY BIBLE

SIMON. J. KISTEMAKER

PASTORLIFE SERMONS

C H SPURGEON

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

1 CORINTHIANS 6

DOUG GOINS

PASTORLIFE SERMONS

RAY PRITCHARD

GEORGE WHITEFIELD

RAY ORTLUND

PAUL TAYLOR

C H SPURGEON

DAVE ROPER

RICK WARREN

1 CORINTHIANS 7

BRIAN BILL

STEVEN COLE

DOUG GOINS

RAY PRITCHARD

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

C H SPURGEON

1 CORINTHIANS 8

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

JEFF MILLER

DOUG GOINS

RICK WARREN

1 CORINTHIANS 9

DOUG GOINS

C H SPURGEON

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

PASTORLIFE SERMONS

PAUL TAYLOR

ROBERT MORGAN

ON SITE COMMENTARY

GREG HERRICK

BETHANY BIBLE

RICK WARREN

1 CORINTHIANS 10

ROBERT MORGAN

HAMPTON KEATHLEY III

RICK EZELL

PASTORLIFE SERMONS

C H SPURGEON

JOHN WESLEY

RAY PRITCHARD

DOUG GOINS

BETHANY BIBLE

J. C. RYLE

JOHN OWEN

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

RAY ORTLUND

J. LIGON DUNCAN

RICK WARREN

1 CORINTHIANS 11

DOUG GOINS

KENNETH GARDOSKI

THOMAS R. SCHREINER

PASTORLIFE SERMONS

J LIGON DUNCAN

RICK EZELL

 DANIEL WALLACE

BIBLE RESEARCHER

DOUG GOINS

BIBLE.ORG

JOHN FLAVEL

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

C H SPURGEON

RAY PRITCHARD

DON FORTNER

THOMAS WATSON

J. C. RYLE

1 CORINTHIANS 12

BRIAN BILL

DAVID BAKER

GREG HERRICK

DOUG GOINS

JOHN OWEN

PASTORLIFE SERMONS

RON RITCHIE

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

J. LIGON DUNCAN

RAY PRITCHARD

RICHARD OSTELLA

RICK WARREN

C G WILKES

1 CORINTHIANS 13

JONATHAN EDWARDS

STEVE NOVAKOVICH

RON RITCHIE

PASTORLIFE SERMONS

RAY PRITCHARD

BRIAN BILL

STEVEN COLE

JOHN H JOWETT

BOB DEFFINBAUGH

S LEWIS JOHNSON

RICHARD STRAUSS

C H SPURGEON

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

GEORGE WHITEFIELD

DOUG GOINS

J. C. RYLE

 

    RICK WARREN

    1 CORINTHIANS 14

    RON RITCHIE

    DOUG GOINS

    JOHN BUNYAN

    JOHN WESLEY

    RAY PRITCHARD

    D. A. CARSON

    RICK WARREN

    1 CORINTHIANS 15

    BETHANY BIBLE

    ROBERT MORGAN

    PASTORLIFE SERMONS

    RAY PRITCHARD

    J. LIGON DUNCAN

    ON SITE COMMENTARY

    DOUG GOINS

    RICK EZELL

    JERRY GIFFORD

    ROBERT RUSSELL

    EMIL TURNER

    CALVIN WITTMAN

    DAN FORTNER

    ALEXANDER MACLAREN

    C H SPURGEON

    BRIAN BILL

    STEPHEN PRESLEY

    MIKE VLACH

    DAN LIOY

    ON SITE

    A W PINK

    RICK WARREN

    1 CORINTHIANS 16

    DOUG GOINS

    ALEXANDER MACLAREN

    PASTORLIFE SERMONS

    DANIEL WALLACE

    RICHARD STRAUSS

    RICK WARREN

    JAMES MOFFATT
    Commentary on 1 Corinthians
    1938

    D Edmond Hiebert -Based on Moffatt's own translation. A critical exposition by a liberal British scholar of note. Helpful for its treatment of critical problems raised by a close study of the text.


    NET BIBLE NOTES
    1 Corinthians Commentary

    Recommended: NETBible notes are in the right panel. You can also select the tab for "Constable's Notes."


    JAMES NISBET
    1 Corinthians
    Church Pulpit Commentary

    OUR DAILY BREAD
    Devotionals and Sermon Illustrations
    1 Corinthians

    1 Corinthians 1

    1 Corinthians 2

    1 Corinthians 3

    1 Corinthians 4

    1 Corinthians 5

    1 Corinthians 6

    1 Corinthians 7

    1 Corinthians 9

    1 Corinthians 10

    1 Corinthians 11

    1 Corinthians 12

    1 Corinthians 13

    1 Corinthians 15

    1 Corinthians 16

    JOSEPH PARKER
    1 Corinthians Sermons
    (In "The People's Bible")

    JOHN PIPER
    1 Corinthians Sermons

    1 Corinthians 1

    1 Corinthians 2

    1 Corinthians 3

    1 Corinthians 4

    1 Corinthians 5

    1 Corinthians 6

    1 Corinthians 7

    1 Corinthians 8

    1 Corinthians 9

    1 Corinthians 10

    1 Corinthians 11

    1 Corinthians 12

    1 Corinthians 13

    1 Corinthians 14

    1 Corinthians 15

    PREACHER'S COMMENTARY ON 1 CORINTHIANS
    1 Corinthians
    A Homiletical Commentary

    1 Corinthians 1:1-3 Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 1:1-10 To Me To Write is Christ - Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 1:10-17 Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 1:18-31 Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 1:2 A Church in Corinth
    1 Corinthians 1:17 The Kenosis of the Cross
    1 Corinthians 1:17 The Preaching of the Cross
    1 Corinthians 1:21 Seeking and Finding God
    1 Corinthians 1:20 Christ Our Wisdom, Righteousness, Sanctification, Redemption
    1 Corinthians 1 Homiletic Suggestions

    1 Corinthians 2 Whole Chapter - Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 2:1-5 Model - Preacher - Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 2:2 Paul's One Topic
    1 Corinthians 2:4 The Demonstration of the Spirit
    1 Corinthians 2:6 Wisdom Justified Among the Perfect
    1 Corinthians 2:12-14 The Causes of Ignorance; the Way of Knowledge
    1 Corinthians 2 Homiletic Suggestions - The Mind of Christ

    1 Corinthians 3:1-4 Babes in Christ - Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 3:5-9 Paul, Apollos, God - Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 3:10-15 Work Tried by Fire- Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 3:16-20 The Temple of God - Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 3:21-23 Our Estate and Our Title - Homiletical Analysis

    1 Corinthians 4:1-5 Theme: Judgment - Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 4:6-13 Kings; Real and False - Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 4:14-21 Fatherly Appeals; Fatherly Discipline - Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 4:1-2 The Stewardship of the Minister
    1 Corinthians 4:2 Faithful Stewardship
    1 Corinthians 4:20 Word and Power

    1 Corinthians 5 Whole Chapter - Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 5 Homiletic Suggestions

    1 Corinthians 6:1-8 The Christian and Litigation - Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 6:9-11 The Kingdom of God - Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 6:12-20 - Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 6:11 Perpetual Miracles
    1 Corinthians 6:12 Christian Expediency
    1 Corinthians 6:19 Temples of God
    1 Corinthians 6 Homiletic Suggestions

    1 Corinthians 7 Whole Chapter - Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 7:14 Sanctified by the Wife
    1 Corinthians 7:19 The Indifference of Circumcision and Uncircumcision
    1 Corinthians 7:21 Use It Rather
    1 Corinthians 7:29-32 As Not Abusing It

    1 Corinthians 8 Whole Chapter - Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 8:1-3 Knowledge Weighed in the Balances Against Love
    1 Corinthians 8:6 Christian Monotheism
    1 Corinthians 8:10-13 The Rights of Conscience

    1 Corinthians 9:1-14 The Support of a Stipendiary Ministry - Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 9:15-23 The Independence of the Minister - Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 9:23-27 The Minister's Care for His Own Salvation - Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 9:10 Hope Cheering Labor
    1 Corinthians 9:12 Three Important Things
    1 Corinthians 9:12 The Gospel Hindered
    1 Corinthians 9:16 Woe If I Preach Not the Gospel
    1 Corinthians 9:21 The Principle of Law Under the Gospel Order
    1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Temperate in All Things
    1 Corinthians 9:26 Christian Progress
    1 Corinthians 9:27 An Apostle's Peril
    1 Corinthians 9 Homiletic Suggestions

    1 Corinthians 10 Whole Chapter - Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 10:9 Temptation
    1 Corinthians 10:13 Thus Far and No Farther (Of Temptations/Tests)
    1 Corinthians 10:14 Flee From Idolatry!
    1 Corinthians 10:15 Judge Ye What I Say
    1 Corinthians 10:27 If You Be Disposed to Go Eat
    1 Corinthians 10 Homiletic Suggestions

    1 Corinthians 11:2-16 The Women's Veils - Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 11:17-34 Evil Mingling with Good - Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 11:11 Man and Woman
    1 Corinthians 11:20 The Lord's Supper
    1 Corinthians 11:31 Self-Judgment
    1 Corinthians 11 Homiletic Suggestions

    1 Corinthians 12 Whole Chapter - Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 12:3 Jesus the Lord
    1 Corinthians 12:27 The Body of Christ
    1 Corinthians 12 Homiletic Suggestions

    1 Corinthians 13 Whole Chapter - Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 13 Love's Way of Life
    1 Corinthians 13:1-3 Without Love -- Nothing!
    1 Corinthians 13:2 Man Worth
    1 Corinthians 13:5 Thinks No Evil
    1 Corinthians 13:8 Love's Immortality
    1 Corinthians 13:9 We Know in Part
    1 Corinthians 13:11 Childhood and Manhood
    1 Corinthians 13:13 Greatest Because Godlike
    1 Corinthians 13:13 Love Greatest
    1 Corinthians 13 Homiletic Suggestions

    1 Corinthians 14 Whole Chapter - Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 14 :34-35 Woman's Place and Woman's Work

    1 Corinthians 15 Whole Chapter - Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Paul and the Gospel - Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 15:12-19 Does Death End All? - Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 15:20-34 The Divine Goal of Creation History - Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 15:35-58 First Adam/Last Adam; Body Sown/Body Raised
    1 Corinthians 15:50-54 This Corruptible, This Mortal - Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 15:55-58 Triumph, Theology, Duty - Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 15:5-6 According to the Scriptures
    1 Corinthians 15:38 God Giveth It a Body
    1 Corinthians 15:6 Fallen Asleep
    1 Corinthians 15:26 The Last Enemy
    1 Corinthians 15:31 I Die Daily
    1 Corinthians 15:33 What Advangage
    1 Corinthians 15:33 Evil Communications Corrupt Good Manners
    1 Corinthians 15:38 God Giveth It a Body
    1 Corinthians 15 Homiletic Suggestions

    1 Corinthians 16:1-4 Concerning the Collection - Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 16:5-14 Three Contrasts - Homiletical Analysis
    1 Corinthians 16:9 An Opened Door
    1 Corinthians 16:9 A Great Door and Effectual
    1 Corinthians 16:15-24 Friends and Foes
    1 Corinthians 16:22 Undesigned Illustrations of "To Me to Live is Christ"

    MATTHEW POOLE
    Commentary
    1 Corinthians

    RAY PRITCHARD
    Keep Believing Ministries
    1 Corinthians Sermons

    PULPIT COMMENTARY
    1 Corinthians Sermons and Homiletics

    Scroll Down Each Page for Homilies


    REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE
    1 CORINTHIANS

    A. T. ROBERTSON
    Word Pictures in the New Testament
    1 Corinthians

    SERMON BIBLE COMMENTARY
    1 Corinthians

    CHARLES SIMEON
    Sermons on 1 Corinthians

    NOTE: If you are not familiar with the great saint Charles Simeon see Dr John Piper's discussion of Simeon's life - you will want to read Simeon's sermons after meeting him! - click Brothers We Must Not Mind a Little Suffering (Mp3 even better

    CHUCK SMITH
    1 Corinthians
    Commentary

    C. H. SPURGEON
    All His Sermons on 1 Corinthians

    C H SPURGEON
    Devotionals from Morning and Evening
    1 Corinthians

    C H Spurgeon
    Expositions on 1 Corinthians

    RAY STEDMAN
    Expository Studies in First Corinthians

    JOSEPH SUTCLIFFE
    Commentary
    1 Corinthians

    THIRD MILLENNIUM
    Commentary
    1 Corinthians

    Chapter 1

    Chapter 2

    Chapter 3

    Chapter 4

    Chapter 5

    Chapter 6

    Chapter 7

    Chapter 8

    Chapter 9

    Chapter 10

    Chapter 11

    Chapter 12

    Chapter 13

    Chapter 14

    Chapter 15

    Chapter 16

    TODAY IN THE WORD
    Devotional Illustrations
    1 Corinthians

    JOHN TRAPP
    Commentary
    1 Corinthians

    MARVIN VINCENT
    New Testament Word Studies
    1 Corinthians

    STEVE ZEISLER
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