Characteristics of the Body of Christ in 1 CORINTHIANS

Characteristics of the Body of Christ in 1 CORINTHIANS

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Who We Are (and Are Not) Given This, Walk This Way
  • Have been sanctified [made holy] in Christ (1 Cor. 1:2)
  • Called to be saints [holy ones] (1 Cor. 1:2)
  • Received the grace of God given in Christ (1 Cor. 1:4)
  • Enriched in spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 1:5)
  • Given the spiritual gifts of speech and knowledge (1 Cor. 1:5) [given to this church but perhaps not to all?]
  • In whom Christ’s testimony is made firm (1 Cor. 1:6)
  • Not lacking in any gift (1 Cor. 1:7)
  • Eagerly awaiting the revelation of Christ (1 Cor. 1:7)
  • Are being made firm in faith by Christ (1 Cor. 1:8)
  • Called into fellowship with Christ (1 Cor. 1:9)





  • Are being saved (1 Cor. 1:18)



  • In Christ Jesus (1 Cor. 1:30)
  • Have faith that rests not on the wisdom of men but the power of God (1 Cor. 2:5)
  • Received not the spirit of this world, but the Spirit from God (1 Cor. 2:12)
  • Know the things freely given by God (1 Cor. 2:12)
  • Those who speak not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual [Spirit-breathed] thoughts with spiritual [Spirit-breathed] words (1 Cor. 2:13)
  • Are not natural persons (1 Cor. 2:14)
  • Are spiritual persons (1 Cor. 2:15)
  • Appraises [judges, examines, investigates] all things, yet is appraised [judged] by no one (1 Cor. 2:15)
  • Have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16)
  • Spiritual men [beings] (1 Cor. 3:1)
  • Not men of flesh (1 Cor. 3:1)
  • God’s field (1 Cor. 3:9)
  • God’s building (1 Cor. 3:9)
  • A temple of God (1 Cor. 3:16)
  • A dwelling of the Spirit (1 Cor. 3:16)
  • A holy temple (1 Cor. 3:17)



  • In whom all wisdom belongs as taught by the Spirit (1 Cor. 3:21)

  • Belong to Christ (1 Cor. 3:23)
  • Servants of Christ (1 Cor. 4:1)
  • Stewards of the mysteries of God (1 Cor. 4:1)






    [Paul describes the life of he and the Apostles as examples to follow]
  • In the world’s eyes:
    • Condemned to death (1 Cor. 4:9)
    • A spectacle to the world (1 Cor. 4:9)
    • Fools for Christ (1 Cor. 4:10)
    • Weak (1 Cor. 4:10)
    • Without honor (1 Cor. 4:10)
    • Hunger and thirst (1 Cor. 4:11)
    • Poorly dressed (1 Cor. 4:11)
    • Buffeted and homeless (1 Cor. 4:11)
    • Reviled (1 Cor. 4:12)
    • Persecuted (1 Cor. 4:12)
    • Slandered (1 Cor. 4:13)
    • Like the scum of the earth (1 Cor. 4:13)
    • Like the refuse of all things (1 Cor. 4:13)


  • Unleavened [uncorrupted, not penetrated by evil] (1 Cor. 5:7)











  • Will judge the world (1 Cor. 6:2)
  • Will judge angels (1 Cor. 6:3)








  • Were washed (1 Cor. 6:11)
  • Were sanctified (1 Cor. 6:11)
  • Were justified (1 Cor. 6:11)
  • Will be raised through Christ (1 Cor. 6:14)
  • Members of Christ (1 Cor. 6:15)
  • One spirit with Christ (1 Cor. 6:17)

  • A temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19)
  • In whom is the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19)
  • Not our own (1 Cor. 6:19)
  • Bought with a price (1 Cor. 6:20)













  • Called to peace (1 Cor. 7:15)




  • Have all knowledge (1 Cor. 8:1)
  • Known by God (1 Cor. 8:3)
  • Exist through Christ (1 Cor. 8:6)
































  • Are many but one body (1 Cor. 10:17)


  • Cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons (1 Cor. 10:21)
  • Do not partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons (1 Cor. 10:21)



















  • Were pagans (1 Cor. 12:2)
  • One body, yet with many members (1 Cor. 12:12)
  • Baptized into one body by the Spirit (1 Cor. 12:13)
  • Made to drink of one Spirit (1 Cor. 12:13)
  • Not one member but many (1 Cor. 12:14)
  • Each member is part of the one body (1 Cor. 12:15-17)
  • Members placed in the body by God as He desired (1 Cor. 12:18)
  • Many members, one body (1 Cor. 12:20)
  • No divisions (1 Cor. 12:25)
  • All members care for one another (1 Cor. 12:25)
  • Christ’s body (1 Cor. 12:27)

  • Now know in part (1 Cor. 13:9)
  • Now prophesy in part (1 Cor. 13:9)
  • Will fully know (1 Cor. 13:12)
  • Now fully known by God (1 Cor. 13:12)



























  • Received the gospel (1 Cor. 15:1)
  • Stand by the gospel (1 Cor. 15:1)
  • Stand in the gospel (1 Cor. 15:1)
  • Saved by the gospel if the word preached is held fast (1 Cor. 15:2)
  • For whose sins Christ died, was buried & raised (1 Cor. 15:3)
  • Will be made alive at Christ’s coming (1 Cor. 15:22-23)


  • Will receive new bodies of our own at His coming (1 Cor. 15:38)
  • Sown a perishable body, raised an imperishable body (1 Cor. 15:42)
  • Sown in dishonor, raised in glory (1 Cor. 15:43)
  • Sown in weakness, raised in power (1 Cor. 15:43)
  • Sown a natural body, raised a spiritual body (1 Cor. 15:44)
  • Will be changed (1 Cor. 15:51-52)
  • Received victory over sin through Christ (1 Cor. 15:57)
  • Present toil is not in vain in the Lord (1 Cor. 15:58)





















































  • Be in agreement one with another (1 Cor. 1:10)
  • Let there be no divisions among you (1 Cor. 1:10)
  • Be made complete in the mind and in the same judgment (1 Cor. 1:10)

  • Consider your calling—that God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, the weak things to shame the strong (1 Cor. 1:27)























  • Do not deceive yourself (1 Cor. 3:18)
  • Become foolish in men’s wisdom so that you may become wise in the wisdom of God (1 Cor. 3:18)
  • Do not brag about being taught by one man or the other, for the Spirit teaches wisdom and all things are yours (1 Cor. 3:21)


  • Be found trustworthy as stewards of the mysteries of God (1 Cor. 4:1-2)
  • Do not pass judgment before the appointed time of the Lord’s return (1 Cor. 4:5)
  • Do not exceed [go beyond] what has been written (1 Cor. 4:6)
  • Do not become arrogant in behalf of one against the other (1 Cor. 4:6)















  • Be imitators of Paul’s suffering (1 Cor. 4:16)
  • Be reminded of Paul’s ways which are in Christ (1 Cor. 4:16)
  • Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump (1 Cor. 5:7)
  • Do not associate with anyone in the church who is a: (1 Cor. 5:11)
    • Male prostitute (1 Cor. immoral)
    • Covetous
    • Idolater (1 Cor. worshipper of false gods)
    • Reviler (1 Cor. tears other down)
    • Drunkard
    • Swindler
  • Remove wicked ones from among yourselves (1 Cor. 5:13)

  • Be willing to be wronged or defrauded rather than bring another believer to court (1 Cor. 6:7)
  • Do not wrong (1 Cor. act unjustly) or defraud another believer (1 Cor. 6:8)
  • Know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 6:9)
  • Do not be deceived [about who will not inherit the kingdom of God] (1 Cor. 6:9)





  • Flee immorality (1 Cor. 6:18)



  • Glorify God in your body (1 Cor. 6:20)
  • Each man possess his own wife (1 Cor. 7:2)
  • Each woman possess her own husband (1 Cor. 7:2)
  • Husbands, fulfill your duty to your wife (1 Cor. 7:3)
  • Wives, fulfill your duty to your husband (1 Cor. 7:3)
  • Stop depriving one another, except by agreement for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer (1 Cor. 7:5)
  • Wives, do not leave your husband (1 Cor. 7:10)
  • Husbands, do not divorce your wife (1 Cor. 7:11)

  • Each man must remain in that condition in which he was called (either circumcised or uncircumcised) (1 Cor. 7:20)
  • Do not become slaves of men (1 Cor. 7:23)


  • Take care that [your liberty] does not become a stumbling block to the weak (1 Cor. 8:9)
  • Support those who minister [do not muzzle the ox] (1 Cor. 9:9)
    [Paul presenting himself as an example to imitate]
  • Though free from all men, make yourself a slave to all men so that you may win more (1 Cor. 9:19)
  • Become all things to all men, so that you may by all means save some (1 Cor. 9:22)
  • Do all things for the sake of the gospel so that you may become a fellow partaker of it (1 Cor. 9:23)
  • Run the race in such a way that you may win (1 Cor. 9:24)
  • Exercise self control in all things (1 Cor. 9:25)
  • Do not run aimlessly (1 Cor. 9:26)
  • Do not box as one beating the air (1 Cor. 9:26)
  • Discipline your body and keep it under control so that, after ministering to others, your yourself are not disqualified (1 Cor. 9:27)
  • Do not be idolaters [worshippers of other gods] (1 Cor. 10:7)
  • Do not act immorally [practice fornication as part of worshipping false gods] (1 Cor. 10:8)
  • Do not put the Lord to a test (1 Cor. 10:9)
  • Do not grumble [complain] about the Lord’s judgment (1 Cor. 10:10)
  • If you think you stand, take heed lest you fall (1 Cor. 10:12)
  • Flee from idolatry [worshipping false gods] (1 Cor. 10:14)

  • Do not participate with demons [by making sacrifices to them] (1 Cor. 10:20)




  • Do not seek your own good, but that of your neighbor (1 Cor. 10:24)
  • Have liberty to eat food [that has been part of a sacrifice to idols] without asking questions for conscience’ sake (1 Cor. 10:27)
  • But if eating it causes another to stumble, then do not eat it (1 Cor. 10:28)
  • Whatever you do, do for the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31)
  • Give no offense to either Jews, Greeks or the church of God (1 Cor. 10:32)
  • Seek to please all men in all things, not seeking your own profit but the profit of many that they may be saved (1 Cor. 10:33)
  • Be imitators of Paul (1 Cor. 11:1)
  • Understand that Christ is the head of every many, and the man head of the woman, and God the head of Christ (1 Cor. 11:3)
  • Understand spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 12:1)
















  • Earnestly desire the greater gifts (1 Cor. 12:31)


  • Pursue love (1 Cor. 14:1)
  • Earnestly desire spiritual gifts, especially prophecy (1 Cor. 14:1)
  • Speak in tongues (1 Cor. 14:5)
  • Prophesy (1 Cor. 14:5)
  • Seek to abound in spiritual gifts for the edification of the church (1 Cor. 14:12)
  • Let one who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret (1 Cor. 14:13)
  • However, know that speaking five words in instruction is better than ten thousand in a tongue (1 Cor. 14:19)
  • Do not be children in your thinking [regarding the use of spiritual gifts in the assembly] (1 Cor. 14:20)
  • In evil be infants, but in thinking mature (1 Cor. 14:20)
  • Let all things [what each brings to the assembly] be done for edification (1 Cor. 14:26)
  • Regarding women speaking in the assembly:
  • Desire earnestly to prophesy (1 Cor. 14:39)
  • Do not forbid speaking in tongues (1 Cor. 14:39)
  • Do all things in the assembly properly and in an orderly manner. (1 Cor. 14:40)
  • Remember the gospel preached to you (1 Cor. 15:1)



  • Hold fast the word preached to you (1 Cor. 15:2)



  • Do not be deceived about the resurrection (1 Cor. 15:33)
  • Stop sinning [by listening to and embracing false teaching from] those who have no knowledge of God (1 Cor. 15:34)











  • Be: (1 Cor. 15:58)
    • Steadfast
    • Immovable
    • Always abounding in the work of the Lord
    • Always knowing your toil is not in vain in the Lord
  • Be on the alert (1 Cor. 16:13)
  • Stand firm in the faith (1 Cor. 16:13)
  • Act like men (1 Cor. 16:13)
  • Be strong (1 Cor. 16:13)
  • Let all that you do be done in love (1 Cor. 16:14)