Paul once again address the issue of the Corinthian’s party spirit and factionalism. He shows them through the use of two images, a field and a building, that not only are they one in Christ, but they have no grounds to be jealous or boastful towards one another.
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Paul finds himself speaking into a culture with expectations and values that run against the principles of the gospel message. He must clarify why he did not abide by the rules put in place by the “sophists” of the day. In the end, Paul argues that he proved the power of the Holy Spirit and the truth of the gospel message by speaking it plainly to them.
The gospel message is foolishness to men, not because it’s irrational but because it’s unlike any other message in the world. God chose a foolish message and a foolish means in order to keep humans from boasting in themselves. If you are going to follow Christ it will cost you your pride.
Corinth was a place much like modern day America, plagued by big-league social climbers, partisanship, and externality. The church there had not yet matured to the point of distancing themselves from these sinful cultural realities. Paul tells them, and us, that the only solution to all of this is to stand united in the cross of Christ.