The Book of First Corinthians (Christianity in a Hostile Culture)
by Glen H. Jones
This commentary is one of a series from the Twenty-first Century Biblical Commentary. Corinth was a seaport city with all the evils that usually surround a changing polyglot population. Amidst lying, cheating, sexual immorality, and constant bickering, the Apostle Paul came to Corinth and preached the gospel. Many came to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, but some of the old evil habits plagued this company of believers. Paul wrote First Corinthians to address the unholy habits and other problems in the Corinthian church.
Mitchell's exposition of the text shows that Paul addressed church disputes, spiritual immaturity. sexual immorality, questionable practices such as eating meat offered to idols, and believers taking each other to civil courts. The Apostle gives inspired teaching on marriage, and spiritual gifts. The author gives an extended commentary on the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Rapture, the resurrection of believers, the Second Coming of Christ, and His eventual reign on earth.
The author's contrast between the "tongues" on the Day of Pentecost and the "tongues" referred to in First Corinthians 14 offers unique insight into this oft-debated subject. He also gives some needed information on the "baptism for the dead" passage (15:29-34).