In the previous chapter, Paul gives to us God’s “tool chest,” enumerating the instruments through which the Church shames and nullifies the world. These instruments are weak and meager according to the world’s standards. But in God’s hands, the foolish things of the world are used to convey His truth and wisdom. The Apostle is laying down a foundation for an argument he will use to admonish the church in Corinth.
In the opening verses of this chapter, Paul furthers the divide between worldly and godly wisdom. This time he throws himself in to the mix by illustrating distinctives of true teachers and false teachers. In I Timothy 6:3-5, Paul outlines three characteristics of false teachers: they are conceited, controversial, and covetous.
About the Series
Paul’s First Epistle to the church in Corinth is a letter full of love and sorrow. Love for God’s Word and His Church is present on every page and sorrow for a church that has given over to the divisive wantonness of a real-world “Vanity Fair.”