Because the Corinthians have failed to grasp the gospel, their community is plagued with numerous relational and ethical problems.
The Corinthians are factional (1 Cor 3:3-4), immoral (1 Cor 5:1), inebriated (1 Cor 11:21), irreverent (1 Cor 11:21), jealous (1 Cor 12:15), unloving (1 Cor 13:1-3) and theologically misinformed (1 Cor 15:12). We might be tempted to think that the Corinthians needed a unity ministry, a sex and marriage ministry, an alcoholic recovery ministry and so on, but Paul knows that such fractured, superficial fixes would fail to deal with the root issue of the Corinthians’ problems. All of the community’s troubles flow from their failure to understand the gospel and live in light of it. The Corinthians do not need to move beyond the gospel; they need to be “reminded” of the gospel which Paul preached to them (1 Cor 15:1).
– Paul’s Missionary Methods: In His Time and Ours by Robert L. Plummer, John Mark Terry
A Corinthianized gospel is a forgotten one, a cheated on one. It’s a yeah-yeahness toward the glorious, rugged, awfully wonderful cross.
Today, tomorrow, right now–move into the glorious truth of a crucified God from Galilee, the Man from Heaven, who rose, breathes, and lives for you, in you, with you. You are forgiven. And that changes everything.