This interpretation of 1 Corinthians substantiates the tone of the Epistles to the Hebrews and Romans.
1 Cor. 1:1 – “called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ”
An apostle (apostolos) means one sent forth. The word “of” is a preposition placed before the amalgam Jesus and Christ. One could say likewise I am a student of theology, of philosophy or of science – or any subject – modern terms were not known in that age. The word “of”, does not in any way materialise the meaning of the nouns. The words “Jesus Christ”, is a movement, a transitioning from a state of dependency, for example from illiteracy to literate – an anointing sparking process of the mind, spirit, heart and soul.
The configuration Jesus Christ arose from the increasing (Joseph – meaning increaser – Genesis) bitterness (Mara – from the book of Ruth – call me Mara for I am bitter – note Naomi “took the child (of Ruth)” – Ruth 4:16) of the virgin governance (almah – unmarried, concealed). This was aptly described as becoming a man child – a weaning – Gen. 21:8 child becomes a man. It is also referred to as daubing (daubed it … and put the child therein – Exod. 2:3).
The small book of Ruth is critically important insertion into the O.T., written concerning pre-state and pre-written history in time of judges. The son born to Naomi “they called Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David” – Ruth 4:17. This important child became a man – “Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David”. Later Hezekiah was to be called this man-child as he rebuilt the temple and was called Wonderful, Counsellor. In maturity Hezekiah was named Immanuel (forerunner of Emmanuel). (For elaboration see also words man servant). Jesus (Joseph) became this man-child over forty maturing years in N.T. during the time of gross bitterness under the reign of Herod the Great – governance was virgin (almah- unmarried, concealed from God). This uprising had the potential of restoring governance (bethulah – with God). The translation of virgin is from almah in early Isaiah – Isa. 7. Virgin is translated from bethulah in the later chapters of Isaiah after Hezekiah restored the temple (to writers the Temple was a representation of the inner temple spirit).
(Note daubed (chamar) 2560 Young’s concordance, a primary root; prop. To boil up; hence to ferment (with scum); to glow (with redness); as denom. (from 2564) to smear (to anoint) with pitch: – daub, foul, be red, trouble. 2564 (chemer) bitumen (as rising to the surface). In other words leavening the unleavened, anointing the “scum”. In the N.T. the ferment from Herod the Great’s Massacre of the Innocents caused ferment (uproar, tumult, confusion, commotion, upheaval, agitation, turmoil, turbulence and mayhem).
(Note Ruth: apostle-like would not leave Naomi, “intreat me not to leave”, “Ruth clave unto her”. Naomi (meaning bitterness) and Ruth (meaning friendship) both came to Bethlehem. Naomi was too old to have a husband” – virgin (through bitterness) – Naomi by consent took Ruth’s child and it was said “a son is born to Naomi” (the virgin). The N.T. is a surface painting of this short foundation book.
In the O.T., the apostles sent forth, were those renowned (called Shemites) such as Hezekiah (Immanuel – God with us – the man-child), Naomi and all those who had faith Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sara, Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, and Moses. The Shemites were pitted against the war-mongers (Japethites) and any lazy unproductive nerds, layabouts (Hamites). It is a simple descriptive of kinds of people.
The whole story is about “making” to remember the bondage of illiteracy (bitterness) denominated from local, to national to universal times. But the western church adopted the propaganda of the Pharisees and Sadducees. The Pharisees wanted a person to have everlasting life – resurrection meant everlasting life. The Sadducees did not believe in the afterlife – for them no resurrection meant no insurrection. Both were happy to literalise a one person in the struggle for power possession keeping the populace illiterate and dumbfounded. It was state-church rule. But the writers wanted unison of the cosmological and terrestrial and described their conjunction of sacred and civil as two 1260 days in half years over 7 years – very aesthetic.
Now let’s quickly summarise the rest of 1 Corinthians, revealing Paul’s epiphany.
1 Cor. 1:4 – “my God”… “given you by Jesus Christ”
Paul thanked “his” God. He spoke monotheistically as there was ever only one God, as found in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. But it is always very personal; it is always “my God” given to me in “my tent”. It becomes of Jesus Christ – the increase surface anointing smear. Paul was speaking to the Grecians who see wisdom had numerous gods. Greeks never literalised language. Such proliferation of gods overwhelmed. Confusion nullified the mind and still does. Paul said to the Grecians that the Jews require a sign, but that Judea awaits this saviour. Paul knew they would await forever if such attitudes continued. Paul being an ex-Pharisee had been enmeshed in preaching an afterlife. This doctrine conflicted with the Sadducees – their marriage was a marriage of convenience. The insurrection had been quashed. To the Sadducees there could never be a resurrection. James and Peter were their abominable continuation, encouraging appointment of Roman procurators, and turning a blind eye to the pending catastrophe culminating in AD 70.
Paul turned his back on both the Greeks and Jewish hierarchies and went on to preach “his” gospel. It was the voice of the people that was his sole focus (like Ruth – unwavering, gleaning – 3950 (laqat) pick up, to gather up, in Boaz’s field). It was “his” voice of God. It had to be “given”, a gift, be ever gathering turning the virgin (almah) to virgin (bethulah). This Spirit was called the Holy Ghost setting Paul apart.
1 Cor. 1:7 – “waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”
Paul was prepared to await “his” or “our” Jesus Christ. Christ is not lost. The westernised Christ in never returning. Let’s have a new testament, of heavenly abode. This was positivity at its highest. Remember Paul was conversing with the illiterate rabble. Paul wanted to energise each and every person. He wanted staid and sensible action, never looking back. His gospel never said that a vicarious personage would save grace.
1 Cor. 1:13 – “was Paul crucified for you? Or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?”
These are most astonishing remarks from Paul. By these words Paul satirises both crucifixion and baptism, especially the way the western world has swallowed a toxic message. Paul never meant real life circumcision. It was always of the heart and soul. Paul never meant baptism in a trinket of water; never to be a one second orthodox dunking. Being baptised was an escape from all forms of bondage. Paul had set himself free unyoked from the formalities of the Pharisees and Sadducees, from nondescript gods. He had seen his society imprisoned time and time again. Initially as children we succumb to the principalities and high places. But allowed freedom of thought we become gracefully gracious during our apocalypse.
1 Cor. 1:17 – “not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect”
Paul always said words of men never gave wisdom. All such words were “dead works”. All doctrines, canons, codes, creeds, cults and denominations offer no wisdom. All works glorified falsely the cross of Christ whereas the N.T. refers to “hanged on a tree”. Christ, means anoint from mashach – 4886; a prim. root; to rub with oil, by implication to consecrate; and also to paint – anoint. Paul was never talking of a superficial anointing. Anointing could never be accomplished outwardly only mindfully.
Paul also stressed “He taketh away the first, that they may establish the second”. Refreshment was prerequisite. John’s Revelation is a prime example of scanning. Every doctrine of men (the seven churches of Asia Minor) had to be crossed. And the crossing means war in heavenly places – vertical and horizontal, from all angles, east, west, north and south, right and left, height, breadth and width – all the doctrines placed before us opening the twelve gates.
1 Cor. 1:22, 23 – “For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we teach Christ crucified”
Paul taught per se. The teaching is that of Christ, the anointing, hanged on the tree of life. The unlearned had been wronged, persecuted, their lifeless life the driest of bones.
1 Cor. 1:26 – “not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called”
Paul admits “not many” wanted to hear. To the populace it was a rant and rave. Neither did the noble, the “mighty”, would ever hear any call from the wilderness. The rich man would not ever go through the eye of the needle into Jerusalem.
1 Cor. 2:2 – “I determined not to know anything among you, saved Jesus Christ and him crucified”
Paul was single-eyed. He rebuked all machinations. Only one thing predominated, the overwhelmed populace.
1 Cor. 2:5 – “not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God”
Paul looked on the brighter side revering humankind. Civilisation constantly fluxed. What was highly regarded yesterday becomes superseded. A new testament shoots forth. All testaments contain relics, from preceding times, everything dependent on forerunners. But the past is never the present as the world moves in mysterious ways.
1 Cor. 2:7 – “we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery”
Paul confesses God is a mystery. God’s will is a mystery. All our works are vanity and vexatious. Paul was completely as one, totally relaxed, no huffing and puffing.
1 Cor. 2:16 – “But we have the mind of Christ”
Our mind is as creative as the greatest anointer. Paul wanted mankind to be the ultimate achiever. Paul knew God was at rest. He believed the Ancients. Never, ever would there be further seven days. Paul’s attribution is polished elegance.
1 Cor. 3:8 – “every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour”
Each must have charity; morning to evening, becoming.
1 Cor. 3:10 – “For the foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ”
We cannot change what is. We have the mind of Christ with benevolence.
1 Cor. 3:16, 17 – “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”…“which temple ye are”
Speaking to the Romans and all gentiles, Paul simply states simple knowledge. We can think therefore we can be. Paul reiterated the message of the Ancients now witnessed in his third temple era.
1 Cor. 4:4, 6 – “I know nothing by myself”… “no one … be puffed up”
Every limb relies on every other limb. There is no need to believe one is better than another. We learn by association.
1 Cor. 5:8 – “keep the feast…with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth”
Keep trying. One day the unleavened becomes leavened, froth rises to surface.
1 Cor. 6:5 – “not a wise man among you?”
Paul was astounded. Paul would be confounded after two thousand years of absolute pitch darkness.
1 Cor. 7:7 – “Every man hath his proper gift of God”
To each a special gift was given. Life is to be revered, ability everywhere. So learn, reflect, and deepen appreciation.
1 Cor. 7:10 – “Let not the wife depart from the husband”
There is no need to show anxiety over this statement. It’s simply philosophically stating that everything has dependency. It is not simply about family, nor law, nor circumcision. Objects are all ensamples for admonition never issues to stand on speaker’s corner. Ham represented the layabouts, Japeth the warrior extender, and Shem the renowned thinkers. Paul was not casting aspersions on any particular race. And none were ever saying a wife had to be subservient to her husband. The writers used the object to describe the subjective-abstract but very real life. In Revelation many objects are drawn upon to illustrate the final days of hypocrisy. Paul never wanted people to be unproductive. He wanted a new man-child. Leave behind the “principles of doctrine” – Heb. 6:1 by refurbishing a newer testament according to the times.
1 Cor. 7:19 – “Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing”
Paul immediately confirmed his saying. There is certainly no need to get hot under the collar about pedagogical ensamples. It’s a waste of time.
1 Cor. 34 – “but she that is married…how she may please her husband”
Paul saw everything creating a new testament. His ongoing concern was creating, building a new testament. He did not set out to disrupt or confront. He set out to confirm an Ancient message grossly distorted by “dead works”. His epistle never ruffled any feathers. He avoided scuffles and sailed away.
1 Cor. 8:1 – “Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth”
Fulfilment comes from assisting. The community is full to the brim of knowledge. Belief is ever changing. Charity compensates, rewarding.
1 Cor. 9:16 – “woe unto us if I preach not the gospel!”
Paul was fearful wanting to teach “his” own gospel and encouraged others to do likewise.
1 Cor. 10:1 – “Now all these things happened to them as ensamples…written for our admonition”
Paul never taught the singular. He taught the ascent of man. Civilisation was arising like the sun from the local first rays, to a higher state and universal as far as the eye could see. Our time is certainly monumental.
1 Cor. 11:7, 8, 9, 15 – “the man indeed ought not to cover his head”…”man is not of the woman, but the woman of the man”…”her hair is given her for a covering”
Paul ends in wonder at our diversity. He uses ensamples for admonition. He was never hung up on those. Life-giving in society comes from the governance of society. With good governance beauty abounds and covers.
Paul’s epistles are so admirable.