Laws in the Epistles to the Corinthians

The foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. – 1 Corinthians 1:25

Not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. God chooses the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God chooses the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty. – 1 Corinthians 1:26‑27

Your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. – 1 Corinthians 2:5

"Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him." But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. – 1 Corinthians 2:9‑10

No one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God . . . we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. – 1 Corinthians 2:11‑12

The natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For "who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?" But we have the mind of Christ. – 1 Corinthians 2:14‑16

You may plant, another may water, but God gives the increase. – 1 Corinthians 3:6

He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God's fellow workers; we are God's field, we are God's building. – 1 Corinthians 3:8‑9

We can lay no other foundation than that which is laid, which is Christ. If we build on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each our work will become clear; for the day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test our work, of what sort it is. If our work endures, we will receive a reward. If our work is burned, we will suffer loss, but we ourselves will be saved, yet through fire. – 1 Corinthians 3:11‑15

You are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you. – 1 Corinthians 3:16

If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. – 1 Corinthians 3:17

All things are yours: whether the world or life or death, or things present or things to come ‑‑ all are yours. And you are Christ's, and Christ is God's. – 1 Corinthians 3:21‑23

Judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. – 1 Corinthians 4:5

We are fools for Christ's sake, but we are wise in Christ. – 1 Corinthians 4:10

He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. – 1 Corinthians 6:17

As God has distributed to each one, as the Lord has called each one, so let him walk. – 1 Corinthians 7:17

Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies. – 1 Corinthians 8:1

Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. – 1 Corinthians 9:12

Concerning spiritual gifts: There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. – 1 Corinthians 12:4

Manifestation of the Spirit is given to each for the profit of all: To one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith, to another gifts of healings, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. One and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each individually as He wills. – 1 Corinthians 12:7‑11

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. – 1 Corinthians 13:1

Though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge:, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. – 1 Corinthians 13:2

Though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. – 1 Corinthians 13:3

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. – 1 Corinthians 13:4‑7

Love never fails. But prophecies will fail, tongues will cease, knowledge will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. – 1 Corinthians 13:8‑9

When that which is perfect comes and is accepted, then that which is in part will be done away. – 1 Corinthians 13:10

When we are children, we speak as children, understand as children, think as children; but when we become adults, we must put away childish things. – 1 Corinthians 13:11

Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now we know in part, but then we shall know just as we also are known. – 1 Corinthians 13:12

Now abide faith, hope, love; these three; but the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13

Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. – 1 Corinthians 14:1

He who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. He who prophesies speaks edification, exhortation and comfort to men. He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church; he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless he interprets, that the church may receive edification. – 1 Corinthians 14:2‑5

Do not be children in understanding; however, in malice be babes, but in understanding be mature. – 1 Corinthians 14:20

In the law it is written: "With men of other tongues and other lips I will speak to this people; and yet, for all that, they will not hear Me," says the Lord. Therefore tongues are a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe. – 1 Corinthians 14:21‑22

There is a natural body, and a spiritual body. So it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being." The last Adam became a life‑giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. – 1 Corinthians 15:44‑46

Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. – 1 Corinthians 15:50

This corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption; and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory." – 1 Corinthians 15:53‑54

Let all that you do be done with love. – 1 Corinthians 16:14

When we turn to the Lord, the veil is taken away from our soul vision. – 2 Corinthians 3:16

The Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. We, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. – 2 Corinthians 3:17‑18

By manifesting the truth, we commend ourselves to everyone's conscience. – 2 Corinthians 4:2

God, who commanded Light to shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of God's glory in the face of Christ. – 2 Corinthians 4:6

Though our outward form is perishing, the inward soul is being renewed day by day. – 2 Corinthians 4:16

Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. – 2 Corinthians 4:17

We do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (We do not look at the visible, but at the invisible; for the visible is temporary, but the invisible is eternal.) – 2 Corinthians 4:18

If our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. – 2 Corinthians 5:1

While we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. – 2 Corinthians 5:6

We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. – 2 Corinthians 5:10

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. – 2 Corinthians 5:17

We are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God. – 2 Corinthians 5:20

Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? What communion has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? What part has a believer with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. – 2 Corinthians 6:14‑16

God loves a cheerful giver. – 2 Corinthians 9:7

Appearances can be deceiving: Satan transforms himself into an angel of Light; therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works. – 2 Corinthians 11:14‑15

God's strength is made perfect in weakness. – 2 Corinthians 12:9

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The Apostle Paul is the generally agreed upon author of the two Epistles to the Corinthians, believed to have been written between 50 and 60 A.D.

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