Category Archives: 1 Corinthians

The Rock That Followed Them

Paul comments that during their wilderness wanderings, Israel “drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ” (1 Cor 10:4). Why does Paul think that the rock “followed them”? Here’s a simple explanation (one I believe … Continue reading

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Reading Gal. and Rom. in light 1 C

This is interesting to consider: the JF model reads G and R as fundamentally concerned with the opposition between earning your salvation through works or receiving it by faith; Campbell’s PPME model suggests that we should read it instead as … Continue reading

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Specifying the object of divine attributes

Augustine puzzles at length over a difficult question: if, as 1 Cor. 1.24 says, “Christ is the wisdom of God and the power of God,” then how are we to predicate wisdom and power of the Father? Is he wise … Continue reading

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Jews, Greeks, and Church of God

Paul’s Jewishness notwithstanding, it’s clear that at least by the time of 1 Corinthians, he had come to think of the Church as conceptually distinct from the Jews and from the pagans: ἀπρόσκοποι καὶ Ἰουδαίοις γίνεσθε καὶ Ελλησιν καὶ τῇ ἐκκλησίᾳ τοῦ θεοῦ” (10:32) Christians are, overwhelmingly, Gentile followers of … Continue reading

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Social Sacrament

I’m uncomfortable with Eucharistic adoration and associated practices because of 1 Cor 10:16-17 τὸ ποτήριον τῆς εὐλογίας ὃ εὐλογοῦμεν, οὐχὶ κοινωνία ἐστὶν τοῦ αἵματος τοῦ Χριστοῦ; τὸν ἄρτον ὃν κλῶμεν, οὐχὶ κοινωνία τοῦ σώματος τοῦ Χριστοῦ ἐστιν; ὅτι εἷς ἄρτος, ἓν σῶμα οἱ πολλοί ἐσμεν, οἱ γὰρ πάντες ἐκ τοῦ ἑνὸς ἄρτου μετέχομεν. “Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body”: it is precisely the act of sharing (κοινωνία) in the … Continue reading

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