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know anything among you, I but JESUS CHRIST; and him crucified.

3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling:

4 And my speech and my preaching was not in the persuasive words of human wisdom, but in shewing of the spirit and power:

5 That your faith might not stand on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.

6 Howbelt we speak wisdom among the perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, neither of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, a wisdom which is hidden, which God or

may know the things that are given us from God.

13 Which things also we speak, not in the learned words. of human wisdom; out in the doctrine of the Spirit, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

14 But the sensual man perceiveth not these things that are of the Spirit of God: for it is foolishness to tim, and he cannot understand: because it is spiritually examined.

15 But the spiritual man judgeth all things and he himself is judged of no man.

16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

CHAP. III.

dained before the world, unto They must not contend about their teach.

our glory :

8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for if they had known it, they would never have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But, as it is written: That eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man, who things God hath prepared for them that love him.

10 But to us God hath revealed them, by his spirit. For the Spirit searcheth all things, yea the deep things of God.

11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, but the spirit of a man that is in him? So the things also that are of God no man knoweth, but the Spirit of God.

12 Now we have received not the spirit of this world, but the Spirit that is of God: that we

a Acts 18. 3-6 2 Pet. 1 16.- Isaias 64. 4,

ers, who are but God's ministers: and
accountable to him. Their works shall
be tried by firi.

AND I, brethren, could not
speak to you as unto spiri-
As
tual, but as unto carnal..
unto little ones in Christ.
2 I gave you milk to drink,

d Supra, 1. 17. and 2. 1. and 4. 2 Pet. 1. 16. Wis. 9. 13. Isaias 40. 13. Rom. 11. 34.

man the spiritual man.

CHAP. II. Ver. 14, 15. The sensual The sensual man is either he who is taken up with sensual pleasures, with carnal and worldly affections; or he who measureth divine mysteries by natural reason, sense, and human wisdom only. Now such a man has little or no notion of the things of God Whereas the spiritual man, who, in the mysteries of religion, takes not human sense for his guide; but sub. mits his judgment to the decisions of the Church, which he is commanded to hear and obey. For Christ hath promised to remain to the end of the world with his Church, and to direct her in all things by the spirit truth.

not meat for you were not able | ver, precious stones, wood, hay, as yet. But neither indeed are stubble: you now able; for you are yet carnal.

3 For whereas there is among you envying and contention, are you no carnal, and walk according to man?

4 For while one saith, I indeed am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollo; are you not men? What then is Apollo, and what is Paul?

5 The ministers of him whom you have believed: and to every one as the Lord hath given.

6 I have planted, Apollo watered, but God gave the in

crease

7 Therefore neither he that planteth is any thing, nor he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

8 Now he that planteth, and he that watereth, are one. And every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.

9 For we are are God's coadjutors: you are God's husbandry, you are God's building..

10 According to the grace of God, that is given to me, as a wise architect, I have laid the foundation: and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how, he buildeth thereupon.

11 For other foundation no man can lay, but that which is laid; which is CHRIST JESUS.

12 Now if any man build upon this foundation, gold, sil

a Ps. 61. 13. Matt. 16 27. Rom. 2. 6. Gal. 6. 5.

CHAP. III. Ver. 12. Upon this foundation. The foundation is Christ and his doctrine: or the true faith in him, working through charity. The

13 Every man's work shall be manifest for the day of the Lord shall declare it, because it shall be revealed in fire: and the fire shall try every man's work, of what sort it is.

14 If any man's work abide, which he hath built thereupon: he shall receive a reward.

15 If any man's work burn, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved, yet so as by fire.

16 Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in

you?

17 But if any man violate the temple of God; him shall God destroy. For the temple of God is holy which you are.

18 Let no man deceive himself: if any man among you

b Infra, 6. 19. 2 Cor. 6. 16.

building upon this foundation, gold, silver, and precious stones, signities, the more perfect preaching and prac stubble, such preaching as that of the tice of the gospel; the wood, hay, and Corinthian teachers, (who affected the pomp of words and human eloquence) much imperfection, and many lesser and such practice as is mixed with sins. Now the day of the Lord, and his fiery trial (in the particular judg ment immediately after death) shall make manifest of what sort every man's work has been; of which,

during this life, it is hard to make a judgment. For then the fire of God's Judgment shall try every man's work. And they, whose works, like wood, hay, and stubble, cannet abide the fire, shall suffer loss; these works being found to be of no value; yet they themselves, having built upon the right foundation, (by living and dying in the true faith, and in the state of grace, though with some imperfection) shall be saved, yet so as by fire; being liable to this punishment, by reason of the wood, hay, and stubble, which wa mixed with their building.

seem to be wise in this world, let him become a fool that he may be wise.

19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written: "I will catch the wise in their own craftiness. 20 And again: The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

21 Let no man therefore glory in men.

22 For all things are yours, whether it be Paul, or Apollo, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come: for all are yours:

23 And you are Christ's: and Christ is God's.

CHAP. IV.

God's ministers are not to be judged. He reprehends their boasting of their preachers; and describes the treatment the apostles everywhere met

with.

LET

ET a man so account of us as of the ministers of Christ, and the dispensers of the mysteries of God.

2 Here now it is required among the dispensers, that a man be found faithful.

3 But to me it is a very small thing to be judged by you, or by man's day but neither do I judge my own self.

4 For I am not conscious to myself of any thing, yet am I not hereby justified: but he that Judgeth me, is the Lord.

5 Therefore judge not before the time: until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the midden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall

a Job 5. 13.-6 Ps. 98, 11-e2 Cor. 6.4.

every man have praise from God.

6 But these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollo, for your sakes; that in us you may learn, that one be not puffed up against the other for another, above that which is written.

7 For who distinguisheth thee? Or what hast thou that thou hast not received? and if thou hast received: why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?

8 You are now full: you are now become rich: you reign without us; and I would to God you did reign, that we also might reign with you.

9 For I think that God hath set forth us apostles, the last, as it were men appointed to death: we are made a spectacle to the World, and to Angels, and to

men.

10 We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ: we are weak, but you are strong: you are honourable, but we without bonour.

11 Even unto this hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no fixed abode,

12 And we labour working with our own hands: we are reviled, and we bless: we are persecuted, and we suffer it.

13 We are blasphemed, and we entreat: we are made as the

refuse of this world, the offscouring of all even until now.

14 I write not these things to confound you; but I admonish you as my dearest children:

15 For if you have ten thou

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sand instructors in Christ, yet not many fathers. For in Christ JESUS by the gospel I have beotten you:

16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me, as I also am of Christ.

17 For this cause have I sent to you Timothy, who is my dearest son and faithful in the Lord; who will put you in mind of my ways, which are in Christ JESUS; as I teach everywhere in every church.

18 As if I would not come to you, so some are puffed up.

19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them that are puffed up, but the power.

20 For the kingdom of God is not in speech but in power. 21 What will you? shall I come to you with a rod; or in charity, and in the spirit of meekness?/

CHAP. V.

He excommunicates the incestuous adulterers, and admonishes them to purge out the old leaven.

4 In the name of our Lord JESUS CHRIST, you being gathered together and my spirit, with the power of our Lord JESUS;

5 To deliver such a one to satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of our Lord JESUS CHRIST.

6 Your glorying is not good. Know you not that a little leaven corrupteth the whole lump.

7 Purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new paste, as you are unleavened. For Christ our pasch, is sacrificed.

8 Therefore let us feast, not with the old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

9 I wrote to you in an epistle, not to keep company with fornicators.

10 I mean not with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or the extortioners, or the servers of idols: otherwise you must needs go out of this world.

11 But now I have written IT a is absolutely heard that there is fornication among to you, not to keep company, if you, and such fornication, as any man that is named a brothe like is not among the heather, be a fornicator, or covetthens; that one should have his ous, or a server of idols, or à father's wife. railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner: with such an one not so much as to eat.

2 And you are puffed up; and have not rather mourned, that he might be taken away from among you, that have done this deed.

8 I indeed absent in body, but present in spirit, have already judged, as though I were present, him that hath so done.

a Lev. 18. 7. 8, and 20. 11. Col. 2.5.

12 For what have 1 to do to Judge them that are without? Do not you judge them that are within ?

13 For them that are withthe evil one from among yourout, God will judge. Put away

selves.

c Gal. 5. 9.

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CHAP. VI.

He blames them for going to law before unbelievers. Of sins that exclude from the kingdom of heaven. The evil of fornication.

DAR

ARE any of you, having a matter against another, go to be judged, before the unjust, and not before the saints?

2 Know you not that the saints shall, judge this world? And if the world shall be judged by you are you unworthy to Judge the smallest matters ?

3 Know you not that we shall judge angels? how much more things of this world.

4 If therefore you have judgments of things pertaining to this world, set them to judge who are the most despised in the church.

5 I speak to your shame. Is it so that there is not among you any one wise man, that is able to judge between his brethren? 6 But brother goeth to law with brother: and that before unbelievers ?

10 Nor the effeminate, nor liers with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards,nor railers, nor extortioners shail possess the kingdom of God.

11 And such some of you were but you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of our Lord JESUS CHRIST, and the Spirit of ou. God.

12 All things are lawful to me, but all things are not expedient. All things are lawful to me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

13 Meat for the belly, and the belly for the meats: but God shall destroy both it and them: but the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.

14 Now God hath both raised up the Lord, and will raise us up also by his power.

15 Know you not, that your bodies are the members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ, and make 7 Already indeed there is them the members of an harplainly a fault among you, that God forbid. not that

you have lawsuits one with another. Why do you not rather take wrong? why do you not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?

8 But you do wrong and defraud: and that to your brethren.

9 Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God? Do not err: Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers,

a Matt. 5. 39. Luke 6. 29. Rom. 12. 17. 1 Thes. 4. 6.

lot?

16 Or know you not, he who is joined to a harlot, is made one body? For they shall be, saith he, two in one Aesh,

17 But he, who is joined to the Lord, is one spirit. 18 Fly fornication.

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b Gen. 2. 24. Matt. 19. 5. Mark 10. Ephes. 5. 31.

Ver. 12. All things are lawful, &c. That is, all indifferent things are indeed lawful, inasmuch as they are not prohibited; but oftentimes they are not expedient; as in the case of lawLawsuits, &c. And much less would it be expedient to be enslaved by an irregular affection to anything, how indifferent soever.

CHAP. VI. Ver. 7. A fault. suits can hardly ever be without a fault, on one side or the other; and

oftentimes on both sides.

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