The Message

1 Corinthians 1

11-2 I, Paul, have been called and sent by Jesus, the Messiah, according to God’s plan, along with my friend Sosthenes. I send this letter to you in God’s church at Corinth, believers cleaned up by Jesus and set apart for a God-filled life. I include in my greeting all who call out to Jesus, wherever they live. He’s their Master as well as ours!

May all the gifts and benefits that come from God our Father, and the Master, Jesus Christ, be yours.

4-6 Every time I think of you—and I think of you often!—I thank God for your lives of free and open access to God, given by Jesus. There’s no end to what has happened in you—it’s beyond speech, beyond knowledge. The evidence of Christ has been clearly verified in your lives.

7-9 Just think—you don’t need a thing, you’ve got it all! All God’s gifts are right in front of you as you wait expectantly for our Master Jesus to arrive on the scene for the Finale. And not only that, but God himself is right alongside to keep you steady and on track until things are all wrapped up by Jesus. God, who got you started in this spiritual adventure, shares with us the life of his Son and our Master Jesus. He will never give up on you. Never forget that.

The Cross: The Irony of God’s Wisdom

10 I have a serious concern to bring up with you, my friends, using the authority of Jesus, our Master. I’ll put it as urgently as I can: You must get along with each other. You must learn to be considerate of one another, cultivating a life in common.

11-12 I bring this up because some from Chloe’s family brought a most disturbing report to my attention—that you’re fighting among yourselves! I’ll tell you exactly what I was told: You’re all picking sides, going around saying, “I’m on Paul’s side,” or “I’m for Apollos,” or “Peter is my man,” or “I’m in the Messiah group.”

13-16 I ask you, “Has the Messiah been chopped up in little pieces so we can each have a relic all our own? Was Paul crucified for you? Was a single one of you baptized in Paul’s name?” I was not involved with any of your baptisms—except for Crispus and Gaius—and on getting this report, I’m sure glad I wasn’t. At least no one can go around saying he was baptized in my name. (Come to think of it, I also baptized Stephanas’s family, but as far as I can recall, that’s it.)

17 God didn’t send me out to collect a following for myself, but to preach the Message of what he has done, collecting a following for him. And he didn’t send me to do it with a lot of fancy rhetoric of my own, lest the powerful action at the center—Christ on the Cross—be trivialized into mere words.

18-21 The Message that points to Christ on the Cross seems like sheer silliness to those hellbent on destruction, but for those on the way of salvation it makes perfect sense. This is the way God works, and most powerfully as it turns out. It’s written,

I’ll turn conventional wisdom on its head,
I’ll expose so-called experts as crackpots.

So where can you find someone truly wise, truly educated, truly intelligent in this day and age? Hasn’t God exposed it all as pretentious nonsense? Since the world in all its fancy wisdom never had a clue when it came to knowing God, God in his wisdom took delight in using what the world considered dumb—preaching, of all things!—to bring those who trust him into the way of salvation.

22-25 While Jews clamor for miraculous demonstrations and Greeks go in for philosophical wisdom, we go right on proclaiming Christ, the Crucified. Jews treat this like an anti-miracle—and Greeks pass it off as absurd. But to us who are personally called by God himself—both Jews and Greeks—Christ is God’s ultimate miracle and wisdom all wrapped up in one. Human wisdom is so tinny, so impotent, next to the seeming absurdity of God. Human strength can’t begin to compete with God’s “weakness.”

26-31 Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”? That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That’s why we have the saying, “If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.”

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

哥林多前書 1


1我是按上帝旨意蒙召作基督耶穌使徒的保羅,同所提尼弟兄, 寫信給在哥林多的上帝的教會,就是在基督耶穌裡得以聖潔、蒙召做聖徒的,以及各地求告我們主耶穌基督之名的人。基督是他們的主,也是我們的主。



我常常為你們感謝我的上帝,因為祂在基督耶穌裡賜給了你們恩典, 使你們在基督裡凡事富足,有全備的口才和知識。 這樣,我為基督所做的見證就在你們身上得到了證實。 因此,你們在殷切等候我們主耶穌基督再來的期間,並不缺少任何屬靈的恩賜。 我們的主耶穌基督必扶持你們到底,使你們在祂再來的日子無可指責。 上帝是信實的,祂呼召你們是要你們與祂的兒子——我們的主耶穌基督相交。


10 親愛的弟兄姊妹,我奉主耶穌基督的名勸你們,要同心合意,不可結黨紛爭,要團結一致, 11 因為革來家的人把各位弟兄姊妹的事情告訴了我,說你們中間有紛爭。 12 我的意思是你們有人說:「我是跟隨保羅的」,有人說:「我是跟隨亞波羅的」,有人說:「我是跟隨彼得的」,有人說:「我是跟隨基督的」。 13 難道基督是分成幾派的嗎?替你們釘十字架的是保羅嗎?你們是奉保羅的名受洗的嗎?

14 感謝上帝,除了基利司布和該猶以外,我沒有為你們任何人施洗, 15 所以沒有人能說是奉我的名受洗的。 16 不錯,我也曾為司提法納的家人施洗,除此以外,我不記得還為誰施洗了。 17 基督不是差遣我去為人施洗,而是去傳揚福音,而且不用高言大智,免得基督十字架的能力被抹摋。


18 因為十字架之道在將要滅亡的人看來是愚昧的,但對我們這些得救的人來說卻是上帝的大能, 19 正如聖經上說:「我要摧毀智者的智慧,廢棄明哲的聰明。」

20 這個世代所謂的智者、學者、雄辯家在哪裡?上帝豈不是把這世上的智慧都變成愚昧了嗎? 21 上帝運用自己的智慧不讓世人憑自己的智慧去認識祂,祂樂意採用世人看為愚昧的道理去拯救那些相信的人,這就是上帝的智慧。

22 猶太人要看神蹟,希臘人尋求智慧, 23 但我們傳講被釘十字架的基督。這對猶太人來說是絆腳石,對外族人來說是愚昧的。 24 但對於蒙召的人,無論是猶太人還是希臘人,基督是上帝的能力、上帝的智慧。 25 因為上帝的「愚昧」也勝過世人的智慧,上帝的「軟弱」也勝過世人的剛強。

26 弟兄姊妹,想想你們蒙召時的情形。按人的標準來衡量,你們當中稱得上有智慧的不多,有能力的不多,出身名門望族的也不多。 27 但上帝揀選了世人看為愚昧的,要使智者羞愧;上帝揀選了世上軟弱的,要使強者蒙羞; 28 上帝揀選了世上卑賤的、被藐視的和無足輕重的,要使世人看為舉足輕重的變得無足輕重。 29 這樣,誰都不能在上帝面前自誇了。

30 上帝使你們活在基督耶穌裡,祂使基督耶穌成為我們的智慧、公義、聖潔和救贖。 31 所以,正如聖經上說:「要誇耀,就當誇耀主的作為。」