1 Corinthians 1|
After his salutation and thanksgiving,|
He exhorts them to unity,
And reproves their dissensions.
God destroys the wisdom of the wise,
By the foolishness of preaching;
And calls not the wise, mighty, and noble,
But the foolish, weak, and men of no account.
1 Corinthians 2|
He declares that his preaching, though it bring not excellency of speech, or of|
human wisdom, yet consists in the power of God;
And so far excels the wisdom of this world, and human sense, that the natural man cannot understand it.
1 Corinthians 3|
Milk is fit for children.|
Strife and division, arguments of a fleshly mind.
He that planteth and he that watereth, are nothing.
The ministers are God's fellow-workmen.
Christ the only foundation.
Men the temples of God, which must be kept holy.
The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.
1 Corinthians 4|
In what account the ministers ought to be had.|
We have nothing which we have not received.
The apostles spectacles to the world, angels, and men;
The filth and offscouring of the world;
Yet our fathers in Christ;
Whom we ought to follow.
1 Corinthians 5|
The incestuous person,|
Is cause rather of shame unto them than of rejoicing.
The old leaven is to be purged out.
Hienous offenders are to be shamed and avoided.
1 Corinthians 6|
The Corinthians must not vex their brethren, in going to law with them,|
Especially under infidels.
The unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Our bodies are the members of Christ, and temples of the Holy Ghost: they must not therefore be defiled.
1 Corinthians 7|
He treats of marriage;|
Shewing it to be a remedy against fornication,
And that the bond thereof ought not lightly to be dissolved.
Every man must be content with his vocation.
Virginity wherefore to be embraced;
And for what respects we may either marry, or abstain from marrying.
1 Corinthians 8|
To abstain from meats offered to idols.|
We must not abuse our Christian liberty, to the offence of our brethren;
But must bridle our knowledge with charity.
1 Corinthians 9|
He shows his liberty;|
And that the minister ought to live by the Gospel;
Yet that himself has of his own accord abstained,
To be either chargeable unto them,
Or offensive unto any, in matters indifferent.
Our life is like unto a race.
1 Corinthians 10|
The sacraments of the Jews are types of ours;|
And their punishments,
Examples for us.
We must flee from idolatry.
We must not make the Lord's table the table of devils.
And in things indifferent, we must have regard of our brethren.
1 Corinthians 11|
He reproves them, because in holy assemblies,|
Their men prayed with their heads covered,
And women with their heads uncovered;
And because generally their meetings were not for the better, but for the worse;
As, namely, in profaning with their own feast the Lord's supper.
Lastly, he calls them to the first institution thereof.
1 Corinthians 12|
Yet all to profit withal.
And to that end are diversely bestowed;
That by the like proportion, as the members of a natural body tend all to the
And succour of the same body.
So we should do for one another, to make up the mystical body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 13|
How excellent soever, are nothing worth without charity.
The praises thereof,
And prelation before hope and faith.
1 Corinthians 14|
Prophecy is commended,|
And preferred before speaking with tongues,
By a comparison drawn from musical instruments.
Both must be referred to edification,
As to their true and proper end.
The true use of each is taught,
And the abuse taxed.
Women are forbidden to speak in church.
1 Corinthians 15|
By Christ's resurrection,|
He proves the necessity of our resurrection, against all such as deny the resurrection
of the body.
And the manner thereof;
And the changing of them that shall be found alive at the last day.
1 Corinthians 16|
He exhorts them to relieve the want of the brethren at Jerusalem.|
And after friendly admonitions,
Concludes his epistle with divers salutations.