Galatians had as its emphasis salvation. The Thessalonian epistles had the last days or end-times as their emphasis. With AD 55 and the Corinthian epistles, we find emphasis upon the Church. This means we ought to expect to find a lot about #9, the New Life in Christ, and how it is to be lived out. But, let’s look for more evidence that The Real Message of the New Testament is comprised of 10 Essential Elements. Do the 2 letters by Paul to Corinth support our thesis? Let’s examine I Corinthians chapters 1 and 2.
In chapter 1, Paul opens and closes by speaking of those who are now #1, righteous, having been sanctified and called to be holy and blameless in Christ in verses 2, 8 and 30. And, this, despite there being matters of #2, sin among them, as told us in verses 11 thru 13. He points out Christ as their #4, Savior by the cross in verses 17 and 23; which is a principal element of his #5, Gospel message as he says in verses 17, 18, 21 and 23. It is those who have #7, believed this message that God has saved with the #8, New Birth. He wants them to go on in #9, the New Life in Christ blameless in verse 8, and in unity in verse 10. All this until Christ returns to establish #10, His Kingdom says verses 7 and 8. All others will perish in #3, judgment according to verse 18. We have 9 of the 10 Elements in chapter 1!
Then, with chapter 2, Paul speaks of his #5, Gospel message with verses 1 thru 4. That message primarily focused upon #4, the Savior’s crucifixion in verses 2 and 8. For those who #7, believed his message as reported in verse 5, an incomprehensible blessing awaited those who enter #10, the Kingdom. With verses 14 thru 16, we find a matter of #9, New Life living having to do with the ability to exercise spiritual discernment.
Chapter 2 contains a fascinating passage in verses 10 thru 13. Here, we find something of how we got our Bible! It came to man by means of God’s revelation says verse 10. Verses 11 and 12 state that the understanding of what God revealed comes about by means of the Spirit’s aid, called illumination. But, finally, with verse 13, we are to understand that the understandable revelation from God consists of the very words taught by the Spirit of God! This is called verbal inspiration. We have the Words from God! Not only that, but we have all His message. It is comprised of 10 Essential Elements here in the New Testament, and it’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell