First Corinthians

Arthur G. Clarke

Part 2 of 15 of the series The Epistles Analysed

INTRODUCTION, 1. 1-9. i. Opening Salutation, 1-3. ii. Thanksgiving, 4-9.
1.  Dissension in the Assembly, i. 10 to 4. 21. Reported to Paul.
i. Its Existence, 1. 10-17.
a. The Charge, 10-12.
b. The Challenge, 13-17. 'Is Christ divided?'
Question and Answer ii. Its Evil, 1. 18 to 4. 5.
a. Inconsistency with the Character of the Christian Message,
1. 18 to 3. 4. i. The Gospel is not Earthly Wisdom, 1.18 to 2. 5. Message
of the Cross, 18-25. Material of the Assembly, 26-31.
Method of the Preacher, 2. 1-5. ii.  The Gospel is Heavenly Wisdom, 2. 6 to 3. 4. A Mystery
revealed  through  the   Spirit,  6-10.   A  Knowledge
apprehended by the Spiritual, 11-16. A Theme un-
suited to the Carnal, 3. 1-4.
b. Inconsistency with the Character of the Christian Ministry
3. 5 to 4. 5. 1.  The  Challenge,  5-19.  'What are  we?'  Question  and
Answer. ji.  The Counsel, 3. 18 to 4. 5. 'Let' (four times).
Against Glorying in Servants of Christ, 18-23. Against Judging the Servants of Christ, 4. 1-5. iii. Its Element, 4. 6-21. 'Puffed up', 6. 18.
a. Apostolic Expostulation, 6-13.
b. Fatherly Entreaty, 14-21.
2.  Disorders in the Assembly, chs. 5 to 6. Reported to Paul.
i. Incest, ch. 5.
a. The Evil stigmatized, 1-2.
b. The Discipline enjoined, 3-5.
c. The Motive urged, 6-8.
d. The Injunction amplified, 9-13.
ii. Litigation, 6. i-ii.
a. The Shame of it, 1-6. 'Know ye not?'
b. The Wrong of it, 7-11. 'Know ye not?' iii. Impurity, 6. 12-20.
a. Principles enunciated, I2-I3a.
b. Principles applied, 130-20. 'Know ye not?'
3.  Difficulties in the Assembly, 7. I to II. 1. Referred to Paul.
i. Concerning Marriage and certain Contingencies, 7. I-17.
a.  Married Persons, 7. 1-7. Mutual Obligations.
b.  Unmarried and Widows, 8-9.
c. Married Persons, 10-17. Special Considerations.
ii. Concerning Matters of Circumstance, 7.  18-24. 'Abide in the calling . . . with God.'
a. In Circumcision, 18-20.
b. In Servitude, 21-24.
iii. Concerning   Marriages   and  certain   Contingencies,   7.   25-40.
Virgins and Widows. iv. Concerning Meals sacrificed to Idols, ch. 8. Relation of love to
knowledge.
a. Knowledge brings Liberty, 1-5.
b. Love conditions Liberty. 9-13.
v. Concerning the Ministry of Paul, ch. 9. Authority and Liberty.
a. Rights claimed, 1-14.
b. Rights waived, 15-27.
vi. Concerning Meats sacrificed to Idols, 10. 1 to 11. I. Relation of Liberty to Expediency.
a. Perils illustrated, 10. 1-14.
b. Principles involved, 10. 15-21.
c. Procedure indicated, 10. 23-11. I.
4.  Disorders in the Assembly, ii. 2 to 14. 40. Reported to Paul.
i. In the Behaviour of Christian Women, 11. 2-16. ii. In the Observance of the Lord's Supper, 11. 17-34.
a.  Deportment, 17-22.
b. Description, 23-26.
c. Discipline, 27-34.
iii. In the Use of Spiritual Gifts, chs. 12 to 14.
a. Divine Endowment of the Gifts, ch. 12. The Gifts. Their
Nature, 1-3. Their Diversity, 4-11. The Analogy, 12-26. The Application, 27-31.
b. Vital Energy of the Gifts, ch. 13. The Grace - Love. Its Pre-
eminence, 1-3. Its Prerogatives, 4-7. Its Permanence, 8-13.
c. Proper Exercise of the Gifts, ch. 14. The Guidance.
'.  Comparative Values between Prophecy and Tongues,
1-25. (To the Assembly, 1-20. To the World, 21-25). ii.  Orderly Employment of Prophecy and Tongues, 26-40.
5.  Doctrine in the Assembly, ch.   15. Reported to Paul. The Resurrection.
i. The Doctrine Proclaimed, 1-11.
ii. Its Denial Countered, 12-19. iii. Its Facts Asserted, 20-28. iv. Its Reality Argued, 29-34.
v. Its Nature Explained, 35-49. vi. Its Hope Revealed, 50-54. vii. Its Triumph Anticipated, 55-58.
CONCLUSION, ch. 16. i. Final Directions, 1-18.
a. Collection for the Saints, 1-4.
b. Intention of the Writer, 5-9.
c. Reception of the Brethren, 10-12.
d. Exhortation to the Saints, 13-14.
e. Recognition of Leaders, 15-18. ii. Closing Salutations, 19-24.