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1 Corinthians 1:1 - From Whom. 24 Feb 2024

1Co 1:1 Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus,
and Sosthenes, our brother,

2 to the church of God in Corinth,
to those who have been consecrated in Christ Jesus
and called to be God's holy people,
with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
their Lord as well as ours.

Excerpt from THE NEW JERUSALEM BIBLE, copyright (c) 1985 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd. and Doubleday, a division of Penguin Random House, Inc. Reprinted by Permission.


In the coming period, I like to write about the first letter to the Corinthians.
There is no big aim. I just read a few verses at a time and I reflect on those.
I trust that it will be a joyful experience for me.

The Authors

The letter is 'known' as written by Saint Paul. To my surprise I found in verse 1, 'AND Sosthenes.'
Interestingly Act Chapter 18 as well mentions a Sosthenes in Corinth, the president of the synagogue. Perhaps the same man. Or not the same man.
But why would Sosthenes, living in Corinth, write a letter to the Corinthians?

I make a guess. It is assumed that Saint Paul wrote this letter from Ephesus as a response to various kinds of questions. Perhaps Sosthenes had informed Saint Paul or sent a letter to him with questions. And then in response, Saint Paul diplomatically responds as if he and Sosthenes wrote this answer in unity. Thus being polite and effective at the same time.

If the Sosthenes mentioned here and in Acts 18 are the same person, Saint Paul has won an enemy for Christ.

One Author More

Since the letter is canonically in the bible, we believe that the letter has been inspired by the Holy Spirit. Thus making it a message from God to us all.


Jesus, I'd like to thank for the authors of this beautiful letter. I ask for a blessing over my writing.

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