Contributed on Feb 4, 2018
Paul, known as the apostle to the Gentiles was successful in converting many of them, and even some Jews. He had been the instrument of God for converting many Gentiles and some Jews in spite of the passionate opposition of the Jewish leaders, during. . .
THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE CORINTHIANS Commentary by J.T. Lowe INTRODUCTION The city of Corinth was famous for its wealth and bustling business community, which was mainly due to its location between the Ionian and Aegean Seas on the isthmus connecting the Peloponese with ...read more
Contributed on Feb 17, 2018
Paul had been brought up in Jewish learning; but the plain preaching of a crucified Jesus, was more powerful than all the oratory and philosophy of the heathen world. This is the sum and substance of the gospel. Christ crucified is the foundation of. . .
JULY 15, 2012 Commentary on First Corinthians By: Tom Lowe Introduction to 1st Corinthians Chapter 1 A SALUTATION AND THANKSGIVING. 1:1-9 All Christians experience the new birth and by baptism are dedicated and devoted to Christ, and are under strict obligations to be holy. But in ...read more
Contributed on Mar 3, 2018
Paul's call to the office of an Apostle had nothing to do with personal merit; he says instead that he is "an apostle by the will of God," and this is what constitutes the ground of the authority he claims in the Corinthian Church.
Lesson 1.1: Address Scripture 1 Corinthians 1.1-1.3 1 Cor 1:1-3 (KJV) 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with ...read more
Contributed on Mar 25, 2018
The apostle begins this passage with thanksgiving for various blessings bestowed upon this church, which is a proof of the apostle's great love for it, and how much its welfare was on his heart. The object of thanksgiving is God, because he is the . . . .
JULY 16, 2012 First Corinthians By: Tom Lowe Lesson 1.2: Thanksgiving Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1.4-1.9 1 Cor 1:4-9 (KJV) 4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; 5 That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, ...read more
Contributed on Apr 16, 2018
One of the principal objectives of this letter was to correct the problems which had arisen in the Corinthian church; the first one the apostle mentions is the divisions which existed there. He urges the members of that church to come together and . . . .
JULY 16, 2012 Commentary on First Corinthians By: Tom Lowe Lesson 2.1: Divisions and Wisdom Scripture 1 Corinthians 1.10-1.17 1 Cor 1.10-17 (KJV) 10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions ...read more
Contributed on Apr 29, 2018
Paul had the best Jewish education available at that time; but the plain preaching of a crucified Jesus, was more powerful than all the oratory and philosophy of the heathen world. This is the essential point and substance of the gospel.
August 5, 2012 First Corinthians By: Tom Lowe Lesson 2.2: Jews and Greeks and Wisdom Scripture 1 Corinthians 1.18-1.25 1 Cor 1:18-25 (KJV) 18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is ...read more
Contributed on May 13, 2018
Christians in the city of Corinth were poor and pitiful, and Paul will dwell on their weakness and how God used it to convert the world.
Commentary on First Corinthians By: Tom Lowe Lesson 2.3: The Church in Corinth and Wisdom Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1.26-1.31 1 Cor 1:26-31 (KJV) 26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But ...read more
Contributed on Jun 10, 2018
There were among the Gentiles wise philosophers who considered the Gospel foolishness; and although the apostle, with tongue in cheek, had called the Gospel ministry the foolishness of preaching, and the foolishness of God, and even though he had . . .
September 1, 2012 Lessons on First Corinthians By: Tom Lowe Lesson 2.5: Christians and Wisdom Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2.6-2.16 1 Cor 2.6-16 (KJV) 6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come ...read more
Contributed on Aug 19, 2018
The “Golden Rule” that should be applied to passing judgment is “Judge not, that ye be not judged.”
October 8, 2012 Commentary on First Corinthians By: Tom Lowe Topic #2: The Problem of Divisions, 1 Corinthians 1.10-4.21 Lesson 2.9: The Corinthians and Their Apostles Scripture: 1 Corinthians 4.5-4.13 1 Cor 4.5-13 (KJV) 5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until ...read more
Contributed on Sep 30, 2018
It was well known that fornication by one of the members was taking place in the church at Corinth, and it was the subject of conversation among the believers.
October 25, 2012 Commentary on First Corinthians By: Tom Lowe Topic #2: The Problem of Immoral Church Members, 1 Corinthians 5.1-5.13 Lesson 3.0: The Problem With Immoral Church Members Scripture: 1 Corinthians 5.1-5.13 1 Cor 5.1-13 (KJV) Section 3.0-A: The incestuous person among ...read more
Contributed on Oct 14, 2018
The main purpose of this chapter is to administer what amounts to a slap on the wrist to the Corinthians for their practice of taking other believers to court (vv. 1-7), instead of settling their differences among themselves.
November 13, 2012 Commentary on First Corinthians By: Tom Lowe Lesson 4.0: The Problem of Lawsuits Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6.1-6.11 1 ...read more
Contributed on Oct 28, 2018
Now, Paul will address some of the questions and problems the Corinthian Christians had in regard to understanding and doing what God wanted them to do in regard to sex.
November 27, 2012 Commentary on First Corinthians By: Tom Lowe Lesson 5.0: The Problem of the Proper Use of the Body Scripture: 1 Corinthians ...read more
Contributed on Nov 11, 2018
Paul in no sense advocated celibacy, except in certain situations and circumstances, and even in those cases it was merely "allowable," and not commanded.
December 3, 2012 Commentary on First Corinthians By: Tom Lowe Lesson 6.1: Marriage and Sex Scripture: 1 Corinthians 7.1-7.7 1 Cor 7.1-7 (KJV) 1 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. 2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let ...read more
Contributed on Dec 21, 2018
In this passage the apostle develops guidelines for the unmarried and widows, the married believers, and mixed marriages. Some of the topics covered are; celibacy, chastity, marriage, stoicism, and virgins.
December 7, 2012 Commentary on First Corinthians By: Tom Lowe Lesson 6.2: The Unmarried and Widows Scripture: 1 Corinthians 7.8-16 1 Cor 7.8-16 (KJV) 8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is ...read more
Contributed on Jan 25, 2019
The apostle builds on the principle stated in verse 7, that is, “Every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.”
December 13, 2012 Commentary on First Corinthians By: Tom Lowe Topic #6: Questions Concerning Marriage, 1 Corinthians 7.1-7.40 Lesson ...read more
Contributed on Mar 6, 2019
In this passage, Paul addresses an issue in detail that he had touched on earlier in 1 Corinthians 7.8-9. The issue was, “Does a Christian have to get married, and how about the unmarried women in the church who are not getting any younger” (see I Co 7.36).
December 19, 2012 Commentary on First Corinthians By: Tom Lowe Topic #6: Questions Concerning Marriage, 1 Corinthians 7.1-7.40 Lesson 6.4: Concerning the Unmarried Scripture: 1 Corinthians 7.25-35 1 Cor 7.25-35 (KJV) 25 Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I ...read more
Contributed on Apr 18, 2019
In Corinth, there was a grave danger facing a girl who had reached the age of marriage. If she wanted to marry, and her father would not allow her to do so, she might disgrace her father and ruin her own testimony by marrying the wrong person.
December 29, 2012 Commentary on First Corinthians By: Tom Lowe Lesson 6.5: Engagement and Marriage Scripture: 1 Corinthians 7.36-38 1 Cor 7.36-38 (KJV) 36 But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward his virgin, if she pass the flower of her age, and need so require, let him ...read more
Contributed on May 31, 2019
The uniform doctrine of the New Testament is that marriage is a contract for life, between one man and one woman, unbreakable by the will of the parties or by any human authority; but the death of either party leaves the survivor free to marry another.
December 31, 2012 Commentary on First Corinthians By: Tom Lowe Lesson 6.6: Concerning Widows Scripture: 1 Corinthians 7.39-40 1 Cor 7.39-40 (KJV) 39 The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; ...read more
Contributed on Sep 11, 2019
“Welcome people who are weak in faith, but don't get into an argument over differences of opinion” (Romans 14:1; GW). The bottom line was that they were to be a help, rather than a hindrance, to these less mature Christians.
January 10, 2013 Commentary on First Corinthians By: Tom Lowe Topic #7: Questions Concerning Christian Freedom, 1 Corinthians 8.1-11.1 Lesson 7.2: Christian Freedom and the Weak Brother Scripture: 1 Corinthians 8.7-13 1 Cor 8.7-13 (KJV) 7 Howbeit there is not in every man that ...read more
Contributed on Nov 9, 2019
Paul faced severe criticism; false brethren questioned his Apostleship, and they were constantly assaulting his character and attacking his reputation; particularly here at Corinth.
January 16, 2013 Commentary on First Corinthians By: Tom Lowe Topic #7: Questions Concerning Christian Freedom, 1 Corinthians 8.1-11.1 Lesson 7.3: Privileges of an Apostle Scripture: 1 Corinthians 9.1-6 1 Cor 9.1-6 (KJV) 1 Am I not an Apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ ...read more
Contributed on Feb 7, 2020
Support of an Apostle
January 22, 2013 Commentary on First Corinthians By: Tom Lowe Topic #7: Questions Concerning Christian Freedom, 1 Corinthians 8.1-11.1 Lesson 7.4: Support of an Apostle Scripture: 1 Corinthians 9.7-14 1 Cor 9.7-14 (KJV) 7 Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a ...read more