I Corinthians 1:1-3: Context of Conquest

The genius of all art,
Is seen in whole and part:
Both intricately made,
Contextually laid.
Let Pauline letters quickly show,
The context here described below.

Though Corinth was of Rome,
Hellenics called it home.
An isthmus of earth,
Where sailors made their berths.

A melting pot which sprung,
Of diamonds and of dung.
Of pagans and of priests:
The wealth and filth of Greece.

Perhaps not very strange,
Location thus deranged.
Is our own modern time,
Not paralyzed in kind?

Here Paul a church would grow,
Like leather tents to sew,
The Spirit in his work,
Disclosed where devils lurked.

His soul and sorrow spent,
To sew this straying tent.
With tears and cries to guide,
For love of Jesus Bride.

But was his work in vain,
His life to shrink in pain?
To labor for the church,
This crushed and filthy Church?

But God can cure disease,
And prisoners release.
He suffered all for Her,
Her warts He’ll surely cure.

One thought on “I Corinthians 1:1-3: Context of Conquest

  1. I apologize for posting this poem so late, my only excuse is that I’m on a mini-tour with the family band, and have had only limited access to wi-fi. Right now, we are stranded in a snow storm west of St. Louis, making an unplanned hotel stop — which means I finally have time to upload my versification for the week.
    This week we get to look at the very beginning of I Corinthians. I find I Corinthians remarkable for the amazing detail that Paul goes into about how the Corinthians should conduct themselves in holy living. However, while there is ‘genius in the detail,’ we can’t lose track of the context of the epistle. Corinth was very much the sewer of the Roman world. In plays of the day, Corinthians were always portrayed as drunk. Besides this, Corinth was the center of the fertility cult of Aphrodite. In the midst of this, Paul decides to plant a church.
    I don’t know about you, but I often get depressed when I look at the state of the church today. There seems to be so much heresy, and spiritual deadness, that I sometimes wonder why God bothers with us. Can there really be any hope for such a messed-up church? The answer is a resounding YES! God changed Corinth, so he can certainly save the church of the twenty-first century. Remember, Christ DIED to save the church — after paying such a price, He’s not likely going to leave us alone. Christ will sanctify His church, and one day we will be presented to Him as a glorious and spotless bride!


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