1This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from our brother Sosthenes.G3972G2822G652G2424G5547G1223G2307G2316G2532G4988G80 2I am writing to God's church in Corinth, to you who have been called by God to be his own holy people. He made you holy by means of Christ Jesus, just as he did for all people everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.G1577G2316G3588G5607G1722G2882G37G1722G5547G2424G2822G40G4862G3956G1722G3956G5117G1941G3686G2424G5547G2257G2962G5037G846G2532G2257 3May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.G5485G5213G2532G1515G575G2316G2257G3962G2532G2962G2424G5547 4I always thank my God for you and for the gracious gifts he has given you, now that you belong to Christ Jesus.G2168G3450G2316G3842G4012G5216G4012G1909G5485G2316G3588G1325G5213G1722G2424G5547 5Through him, God has enriched your church in every way—with all of your eloquent words and all of your knowledge.G3754G1722G3956G4148G1722G846G1722G3956G3056G2532G3956G1108 6This confirms that what I told you about Christ is true.G2531G3142G5547G950G1722G5213 7Now you have every spiritual gift you need as you eagerly wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.G5620G5209G5302G1722G3361G3367G5486G553G602G2257G2962G2424G5547 8He will keep you strong to the end so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns.G3739G950G2532G950G5209G2193G5056G410G1722G2250G2257G2962G2424G5547 9God will do this, for he is faithful to do what he says, and he has invited you into partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.G2316G4103G1223G3739G2564G1519G2842G846G5207G2424G5547G2257G2962 10I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.G1161G3870G5209G80G1223G3686G2257G2962G2424G5547G2443G3004G3956G3004G846G2532G5600G3361G4978G1722G5213G1161G5600G2675G1722G846G3563G2532G1722G846G1106 11For some members of Chloe's household have told me about your quarrels, my dear brothers and sisters.G1063G1213G3427G4012G5216G3450G80G5259G3588G5514G3754G1526G2054G1722G5213 12Some of you are saying, "I am a follower of Paul." Others are saying, "I follow Apollos," or "I follow Peter," or "I follow only Christ."G1161G5124G3004G3754G1538G5216G3004G1473G3303G1510G3972G1161G1473G625G1161G1473G2786G1161G1473G5547 13Has Christ been divided into factions? Was I, Paul, crucified for you? Were any of you baptized in the name of Paul? Of course not!G3307G5547G3307G3361G4717G3972G4717G5228G5216G2228G907G1519G3686G3972 14I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius,G2168G2316G3754G907G3762G5216G1508G2921G2532G1050 15for now no one can say they were baptized in my name.G3363G5100G2036G3754G907G1519G1699G3686 16(Oh yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas, but I don't remember baptizing anyone else.)G1161G907G2532G3624G4734G3063G1492G3756G907G1536G243 17For Christ didn't send me to baptize, but to preach the Good News—and not with clever speech, for fear that the cross of Christ would lose its power.G1063G5547G649G3165G3756G907G235G2097G3756G1722G4678G3056G3363G4716G5547G2758 18The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.G1063G3056G4716G2076G3303G622G3472G1161G2254G4982G2076G1411G2316 19As the Scriptures say, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent."G1063G1125G622G4678G4680G2532G114G4907G4908 20So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world's brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish.G4226G4680G4226G1122G4226G4804G5127G165G3471G3780G2316G3471G4678G5127G2889 21Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe.G1063G1894G1722G4678G2316G2889G1223G4678G1097G3756G2316G2106G2316G1223G3472G2782G4982G4100 22It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven. And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom.G2532G1894G2453G154G4592G2532G1672G2212G4678 23So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it's all nonsense.G1161G2249G2784G5547G4717G2453G3303G4625G1161G1672G3472 24But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.G1161G846G3588G2822G5037G2453G2532G1672G5547G1411G2316G2532G4678G2316 25This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God's weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.G3754G3474G2316G2076G4680G444G2532G772G2316G2076G2478G444 26Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world's eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you.G1063G991G5216G2821G80G3754G3756G4183G4680G2596G4561G3756G4183G1415G3756G4183G2104 27Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.G235G2316G1586G3474G2889G2443G2617G4680G2532G2316G1586G772G2889G2443G2617G2478 28God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important.G2532G36G2889G2532G1848G1586G2316G1586G2532G3588G5607G3361G2443G2673G5607 29As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.G3704G3361G3956G4561G2744G1799G846 30God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin.G1161G1537G846G2075G5210G1722G5547G2424G3739G575G2316G1096G2254G5037G4678G1343G2532G38G2532G629 31Therefore, as the Scriptures say, "If you want to boast, boast only about the LORD."G2443G2531G1125G2744G2744G1722G2962
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