It’s broadly acknowledged that the gospel was preeminent in Paul’s thought and follow. Paul’s first epistle to the Corinthians brings the gospel to bear on the numerous issues that had been disrupting the God-given unity and sanctity of the church: divisions (1:10), delight (1:29–31; 5:2), sexual immorality (5:1), a shameful case of litigation (6:1–11), a disparagement of human sexuality (7:1–40), abuses of Christian freedoms (8:1–13), idolatry (10:1–30), and improprieties in company worship (11:2–14:40).
Paul indicators his intent to use the gospel to every of those issues early within the letter when he states in regards to the rising factions within the Corinthian church, “For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power” (1:17). The core message of the gospel—“the word of the cross”—is foolishness to unbelievers however has energy to rework those that imagine (1:18). As Gordon Price observes, “This paragraph (1:18–25) is crucial not only to the present argument . . . but to the entire letter as well. Indeed, it is one of the truly great moments in the apostle Paul.”
Paul confirms the significance of the gospel for your complete letter in his programmatic assertion towards the tip of the epistle: “Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you . . . that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day, in accordance with the Scriptures” (15:1–4). Starting and ending the epistle with the gospel will not be merely a literary system. Paul intends to set forth the gospel as the answer to each drawback within the church. At occasions the gospel resolution is direct and specific. At different occasions, it’s much less direct however transformative nonetheless.
Consistent with the preeminence of the gospel in Paul’s writings normally, and in 1 Corinthians specifically, our curiosity on this current essay is to revisit the textual content of 1 Corinthians 10:31–11:16 with the gospel because the interpretive key to Paul’s argument [about gender, head coverings, and the Trinity]. As will turn into evident, seeing the express method wherein Paul appeals to the gospel on this passage serves to strengthen the normal evangelical studying of 1 Corinthians 11 whereas placing it in its bigger gospel context.
Right here is how the gospel could be proven to supply the integrative glue for Paul’s argument.