I Corinthians 1

First Corinthians is the longest of Paul's epistles recorded in the Bible. The first chapter is introductory. I Corinthians 1 may be divided into three major parts as follows:

  1. Salutation (I Corinthians 1:1-9)
  2. Schism (I Corinthians 1:10-16)
  3. Salvation (I Corinthians 1:17-31)


I Corinthians 1:1-9

As with most of Paul's epistles, this one begins with an instructive salutation.

1. The Greeters in the Salutation (I Corinthians 1:1)

"Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother" (I Corinthians 1:1). The opening lines of the epistle says who is sending the epistle.