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Historical Facts: Paul establishes two of his most successful churches in Corinth and Ephesus. Corinth is started amid a lot of opposition, while Ephesus gladly receives the gospel. The contrast of the two climates in which these two churches were established would show up in how the churches are addressed in later epistles.
Character Facts: Paul’s passion almost got the best of him. When he was rejected by the Jews at Corinth, he decided that he had enough and would only help Gentiles (6). However, God intervenes and lets him know to not stop speaking for the cause of Christ and that He would be with Paul (9). Paul ended up staying in Corinth for a year and six months (11). He would later try and reach Jews (19).
Scriptural Facts: God’s word to Paul is referenced from his words to prophets from the Old Testament (Isaiah 58:1, Jeremiah 1:17, Ezekiel 2:6-8, 3:9-11, Jonah 3:2, Micah 3:8). All of these men faced opposition and conflict in their ministry. All overcame by heeding the message of God. Paul did the same.
Spiritual Truth: When we feel overwhelmed and exasperated, God will step in and comfort us. It is part of His nature as He is the Comforter. We may still face adversity following God’s word, but what is produced from that adversity may be our greatest triumphs for His Kingdom.
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