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.”

Nkwa Asem

Korintofo I 1

Nkyia

1Saa krataa yi fi me, Paulo, a ɛnam Onyankopɔn pɛ so nti, wɔafrɛ me sɛ menyɛ Kristo Yesu somafo no ne onua Sostene nkyɛn.

Yɛde rekɔma Onyankopɔn asafo a ɛwɔ Korinto no ne wɔn a wɔafrɛ wɔn sɛ wɔmmɛyɛ Onyankopɔn akyidifo kronkron no ne wɔn a wɔwɔ baabiara a wɔbɔ yɛn Awurade Yesu din sɛ ɔyɛ wɔn ne yɛn Awurade no.

Ɔdom ne asomdwoe a efi yɛn Agya Onyankopɔn ne yɛn Awurade Yesu Kristo nka mo.

Aseda

Esiane adom a Onyankopɔn nam Kristo Yesu so dom mo no nti, daa meda Onyankopɔn ase ma mo. Ɛnam no so ama moayɛ ma biribiara mu, ɔkasa ne adwene mu. Kristo ho asɛm atim wɔ mo mu, ɛno nti, esiane sɛ moretwɛn ama wɔada yɛn Awurade Yesu Kristo adi no nti, nhyira biara, munya bi. Ɔbɛhyɛ mo den akosi awiei sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a da a Awurade bɛba no, wɔrennya mo ho mfomso biara. Onyankopɔn a wafrɛ mo ne ne Ba Yesu Kristo ayɔnkofa mu no yɛ ɔnokwafo.

Asafo no mpaepaemu

10 Anuanom, menam yɛn Awurade Yesu Kristo tumi so mitu mo fo sɛ, asɛm biara a mobɛka no, monyɛ adwene na mo mu ampaepae. Munso adwene ne botae baako mu na ama moayɛ baako. 11 Anuanom, nnipa bi a wofi Kloe fi apae mu aka akyerɛ me se, akasakasa wɔ mo asafo yi mu. 12 Asɛm a mepɛ sɛ meka ne sɛ, wɔn mu biara ka asɛm a ɔpɛ. Oyi ka se, “Mewɔ Paulo afa” a, ɔfoforo se, “Mewɔ Apolo afa.” Obi sɔre na ose, “Mewɔ Petro afa” a, ɔbaako nso se, “Mewɔ Kristo afa.” 13 Wɔakyekyɛ Kristo mu akuwakuw! Paulo na owui wɔ asɛnnua no so maa mo anaa? Wɔbɔɔ mo asu sɛ Paulo asuafo anaa?

14 Meda Onyankopɔn ase sɛ mammɔ mo mu biara asu ka Krispo ne Gaio ho. 15 Obiara rentumi nka se wɔbɔɔ mo asu sɛ m’asuafo. 16 Mekae sɛ mebɔɔ Stefana ne ne fifo asu. Na menkae sɛ mebɔɔ obi foforo asu bio. 17 Kristo ansoma me sɛ memmɛbɔ asu na mmom ɔsomaa me sɛ memmɛka Asɛmpa a emfi nnipa nyansa mu na obi antumi annyina so amma Kristo wu a owuu asɛnnua no so no mu tumi anyɛ ohunu.

Kristo a ɔyɛ Onyankopɔn tumi

18 Asɛnka a ɛkyerɛ Kristo asɛnnuambɔ no yɛ nsɛm a aba nni mu ma wɔn a wɔreyera. Nanso yɛn a wɔregye yɛn nkwa no de, ɛyɛ Onyankopɔn tumi. 19 Kyerɛwsɛm no ka se, “Mɛsɛe anyansafo nyansa, na mɛma nimdefo adenim ayɛ ɔkwa.”

20 Enti onyansafo wɔ he? Onimdefo nso wɔ he? Wiase yi mu akyinnegyefo wɔ he? Onyankopɔn akyerɛ sɛ wiase yi mu nyansa yɛ ohunu.

21 Enti Onyankopɔn nam ɔno ara ne nyansa so yɛɛ sɛ, nnipa a wɔpɛ sɛ wɔfa wɔn ara wɔn nyansa so hu no no, renhu no da. Na mmom Onyankopɔn yɛɛ n’adwene sɛ wɔn a wogye asɛm a “aba nni mu” a yɛka no di no, obegye wɔn nkwa. 22 Yudafo hwehwɛ sɛ wohu nsɛnkyerɛnne, ɛnna Helafo nso hwehwɛ nyansa. 23 Nanso yɛn de, yɛka Kristo wu a owui wɔ asɛnnua no so no ho asɛm. Saa asɛm no yɛ Yudafo abufuw ɛnna ɛyɛ asɛm a aba nni mu ma Amanamanmufo; 24 nanso Yudafo ne Amanamanmufo a Onyankopɔn afrɛ wɔn no saa asɛm yi yɛ Kristo a ɔyɛ Onyankopɔn tumi ne ne nyansa no. 25 Onyankopɔn asɛm a ɛyɛ sɛ aba nni mu no, aba wɔ mu sen nnipa nyansa, na saa ara nso na nea ɛyɛ mmerɛw wɔ Onyankopɔn fam no yɛ den sen nnipa ahoɔden.

26 Afei, anuanom, monkae bere a Onyankopɔn frɛɛ mo no tebea a na mowɔ mu. Na mo mu bi yɛ anyansafo a wɔwɔ tumi a nnipa fam no nso na wɔn dibea kɔ soro. 27 Nanso Onyankopɔn faa wiase yi mu nsɛm a aba nni mu no nam so guu anyansafo anim ase. Onyankopɔn faa nneɛma a ɛyɛ mmerɛw wɔ wiase, nam so de guu ahoɔden anim ase. 28 Ɔfaa nea wiase mmu na wɔmfa nyɛ hwee no de sɛee nea wiase susuw sɛ ɛho hia no. 29 Eyi kyerɛ sɛ obi ntumi nhoahoa ne ho Onyankopɔn anim.

30 Nanso Onyankopɔn aka mo abata Kristo Yesu ho na Onyankopɔn ama Kristo ayɛ yɛn nyansa; ɛnam no so ma yɛateɛ wɔ Onyankopɔn anim. Yɛyɛ Onyankopɔn ahotefo a wama yɛade yɛn ho. 31 Enti sɛnea Kyerɛwsɛm no ka no, “Obiara a ɔpɛ sɛ ɔhoahoa ne ho no, ɔnhoahoa ne ho wɔ nea Awurade ayɛ mu.”