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Notes on 1 Corinthians 8-13 "Ye Are the Body of Christ", CFM study for Aug. 26 - Sept. 1

These chapters contain some of the most beautiful of all of Paul's writings, about the body of Christ, charity, and spiritual gifts.  Paul is continuing his "and now concerning" answers to questions sent to him and trying to foster unity and love among the Saints. Food Sacrificed to Idols, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13Paul warns against pride and against knowingly eating food sacrificed to idols.  The council mentioned in Acts 15 had put the Church under that prohibition as well as settling that the Gentiles did not need to be circumcised. "We know that we have knowledge" is thought by many to be a quote from Chloe's letter and the rest is Paul's response.  The Church there may have thought that they were above following the council's decision because of their intelligence and superior knowledge.  In what ways do we set aside the council of those called to lead the Church, "supposing we know of ourselves?" (See 2 Nephi 9:28)I love verse 2, "i…

Notes on 1 Corinthians 1-7 "Be Perfectly joined Together", CFM study for Aug. 19 - 25

Isn't 1st Corinthians a breath of fresh air after slogging through Romans?  It was nice to understand a lot more on my first reading!  I went to an Education Week class by Thomas Wayment this week and he said that Romans is one of the worst translated in all of the KJV, along with Isaiah.  So if you feel like it was difficult to understand, take heart.  You're not alone.

As an aside, at Education Week, I also got to meet the amazing Lynne Wilson.  I quote her every week and devour her great commentary.  Her mind is like an encyclopedia and her classes are inspiring.
About the Letter
Once again the Bible project has done a great job putting together an overview of 1st Corinthians:

We know from Acts that Paul He had a vision of the Lord at night that told him to stay in a rather sinful city, "Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city." (Acts 18:9-10).  Paul lived i…