1 Corinthians - 1

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1Paul, cal ed by the wil of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and Sosthenes, our brother, 2to the church of God in Corinth, to those who have been consecrated in Christ Jesus and cal ed to beGod's holy people, with al those everywhere who cal on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord as wel asours. 3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4I am continual y thanking God about you, for the grace of God which you have been given in ChristJesus; 5in him you have been richly endowed in every kind of utterance and knowledge; 6so firmly has witness to Christ taken root in you. 7And so you are not lacking in any gift as you wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed; 8he will continue to give you strength till the very end, so that you will be irreproachable on the Day ofour Lord Jesus Christ. 9You can rely on God, who has called you to be partners with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 10Brothers, I urge you, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, not to have factions among yourselves butal to be in agreement in what you profess; so that you are perfectly united in your beliefs and judgements. 11From what Chloe's people have been telling me about you, brothers, it is clear that there are seriousdifferences among you. 12What I mean is this: every one of you is declaring, 'I belong to Paul,' or 'I belong to Apollos,' or 'Ibelong to Cephas,' or 'I belong to Christ.' 13Has Christ been split up? Was it Paul that was crucified for you, or was it in Paul's name that you werebaptised? 14I am thankful I did not baptise any of you, except Crispus and Gaius, 15so that no one can say that you were baptised in my name. 16Yes, I did baptise the family of Stephanas, too; but besides these I do not think I baptised anyone. 17After al , Christ sent me not to baptise, but to preach the gospel; and not by means of wisdom oflanguage, wise words which would make the cross of Christ pointless. 18The message of the cross is fol y for those who are on the way to ruin, but for those of us who are onthe road to salvation it is the power of God. 19As scripture says: I am going to destroy the wisdom of the wise and bring to nothing theunderstanding of any who understand. 20Where are the philosophers? Where are the experts? And where are the debaters of this age? Do younot see how God has shown up human wisdom as fol y? 21Since in the wisdom of God the world was unable to recognise God through wisdom, it was God's ownpleasure to save believers through the fol y of the gospel. 22While the Jews demand miracles and the Greeks look for wisdom, 23we are preaching a crucified Christ: to the Jews an obstacle they cannot get over, to the gentilesfoolishness, 24but to those who have been cal ed, whether they are Jews or Greeks, a Christ who is both the powerof God and the wisdom of God. 25God's fol y is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength. 26Consider, brothers, how you were cal ed; not many of you are wise by human standards, not manyinfluential, not many from noble families. 27No, God chose those who by human standards are fools to shame the wise; he chose those who byhuman standards are weak to shame the strong, 28those who by human standards are common and contemptible -- indeed those who count for nothing-- to reduce to nothing al those that do count for something, 29so that no human being might feel boastful before God. 30It is by him that you exist in Christ Jesus, who for us was made wisdom from God, and saving justiceand holiness and redemption. 31As scripture says: If anyone wants to boast, let him boast of the Lord.
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