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1 Corinthians 1:1-31

1Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,

2To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ – their Lord and ours:

3Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving

4I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5For in him you have been enriched in every way – with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge – 6God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. 7Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

A church divided over leaders

10I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,1:10 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in verses 11 and 26; and in 2:1; 3:1; 4:6; 6:8; 7:24, 29; 10:1; 11:33; 12:1; 14:6, 20, 26, 39; 15:1, 6, 50, 58; 16:15, 20. in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 11My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12What I mean is this: one of you says, ‘I follow Paul’; another, ‘I follow Apollos’; another, ‘I follow Cephas1:12 That is, Peter’; still another, ‘I follow Christ.’

13Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptised in the name of Paul? 14I thank God that I did not baptise any of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15so no-one can say that you were baptised in my name. 16(Yes, I also baptised the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptised anyone else.) 17For Christ did not send me to baptise, but to preach the gospel – not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

Christ crucified is God’s power and wisdom

18For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written:

‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;

the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.’1:19 Isaiah 29:14

20Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling-block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

26Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, 29so that no-one may boast before him. 30It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.’1:31 Jer. 9:24

Knijga O Kristu

1 Korinćanima 1:1-31

Pavlovi pozdravi

1Od Pavla, pozvanoga po Božjoj volji za apostola Isusa Krista, i od brata Sostena,

2Božjoj crkvi u Korintu, vama koje je Bog pozvao da budete njegov sveti narod. Posvetio vas je u Kristu Isusu, kao i sve ostale koji bilo gdje prizivlju ime njihova i našega Gospodina Isusa Krista.

3Neka vam je milost i mir od našega Boga Oca i Gospodina Isusa Krista.

Pavao zahvaljuje Bogu

4Uvijek zahvaljujem Bogu na milosti kojom vas je obdario sada kad pripadate Kristu Isusu. 5U njemu ste obogaćeni u svemu—u svakovrsnoj riječi i spoznaji. 6Svjedočanstvo o Kristu utvrdilo se među vama 7pa sada ne oskudijevate ni u jednome duhovnom daru iščekujući povratak našega Gospodina Isusa Krista. 8On će vas učiniti postojanima sve do konca i sačuvat će vas neporočnima sve do svojega povratka, 9jer Bog vjerno ispunjava obećanja, a on vas je sam pozvao da imate zajedništvo s našim Gospodinom Isusom Kristom.

Podjele u Crkvi

10Draga braćo i sestre, zaklinjem vas imenom našega Gospodina Isusa Krista da se prestanete međusobno prepirati. Neka među vama vlada sloga i neka ne bude razdora u Crkvi. Molim vas da budete jedinstveni u mislima iu osjećajima. 11Klojini su mi ukućani rekli da se međusobno prepirete. 12Neki od vas, naime, kažu: “Ja sam Pavlov sljedbenik”, a drugi: “Ja sam Apolonov”, ili “Ja sam Petrov”1:12 U grčkome: Kefin., ili “Ja slijedim samo Krista.” 13Zar je Krist razdijeljen?

Jesam li ja, Pavao, raspet za vas? Je li tko od vas kršten u Pavlovo ime? 14Hvala Bogu što ja nisam krstio nikoga od vas osim Krispa i Gaja 15da sada nitko ne može reći kako je kršten u moje ime. 16A da, krstio sam i Stefanine ukućane. Ne sjećam se da sam osim njih ikoga više krstio. 17Jer Krist me nije poslao krstiti, nego propovijedati Radosnu vijest, i to ne mudrim riječima da Kristov križ ne izgubi snagu.

Božja mudrost

18Govor o križu zvuči kao ludost onima koji su na putu propasti, ali mi koji smo spašeni prepoznajemo u toj poruci Božju silu. 19U Svetome pismu stoji da je Bog rekao:

“Učinit ću da propadne mudrost mudraca

i da se pomrači umnost umnika.”1:19 Izaija 29:14.

20Ali što je s učenim glavama, s ljudima vičnim raspravama, znanstvenicima? Bog je učinio da se njihova mudrost čini beskorisnom ludošću. 21Bog je u svojoj mudrosti znao da ga svijet nikada neće pronaći ljudskom mudrošću, pa je odlučio one koji vjeruju spasiti ludošću propovijedanja. 22U taj Božji način spasenja Židovi odbijaju povjerovati jer za dokaz traže znak s neba, a Grci zato što vjeruju samo u ono što ne proturječi njihovoj vlastitoj mudrosti. 23Zato naše propovijedanje raspetoga Krista Židove sablažnjava, a pogani ga smatraju ludošću. 24Ali onima koje je Bog pozvao na spasenje, i Židovima i poganima, Krist je Božja sila i Božja mudrost. 25Taj “budalast” Božji plan mnogo je mudriji od najmudrijih ljudskih planova, a Božja je “slabost” mnogo jača od najjače ljudske snage.

26Možete vidjeti, draga braćo, kako među vama koji ste izabrani nema mnogo onih koji ste po tjelesnom podrijetlu mudri, moćni ili plemenita roda. 27Bog je, naprotiv, izabrao one koje svijet smatra budalastima da posrami njegove mudrace, i slabe u očima svijeta da posrami njegove moćnike. 28Ono što je neplemenito i prezreno u očima svijeta, pa čak i ono čega nema, Bog je izabrao da obezvrijedi ono što svijet smatra vrijednim, 29zato da se nijedan smrtnik ne može hvaliti pred Bogom.

30Sam vam je Bog omogućio da budete u Kristu Isusu. Za našu je dobrobit Bog učinio Krista mudrošću. On nas opravdava pred Bogom. Čini nas svetima. Otkupio nas je. 31Kao što piše u Svetome pismu:

“Ako se tko hvali, neka se hvali jedino time

što je Gospodin učinio.”1:31 Vidjeti: Jeremija 9:24.