Paul is called to a church in Corinth
This book is about Paul too? Ok
Give thanks to God, your speech and knowledge will be enriched.
I think this is just more introduction
Divisions in the Church
Paul says that he has gotten reports that the people of this church are divided, different people say they follow different leaders. Paul then says that he is disappointed in them and he is glad he has only baptized a few of them so no one can blame him.
Seems a bit harsh.
Christ the Wisdom and Power of God
God will destroy the wisdom and power of people. God's wisdom and strength is greater than mans. Jews demand signs and Greeks demand wisdom, but we preach the crucifixion instead. Look around in the crowd, many of you are not wise or strong, but God has chosen you to shame the strong and wise who have not been chosen.
This section was hard to summarize because it is hard to follow. It appears to me that it is some kind of a pep talk. It doesn't really flow together very well. I do find it interesting that he is telling his crowd that they are chosen but simultaneously insulting them. I guess you have to work with what you have.
Proclaiming Christ Crucified (ch 2)
I did not come to you with wisdom, but with just the story of the crucifixion of Jesus. I was with you in fear and weakness and I came to you with a demonstration of power so that your faith will be based in the power of God rather than the wisdom of men.
I think he just called them stupid again.
Wisdom from the Spirit
We do impart wisdom to the mature, although it is hidden wisdom from God, not from the rulers of this age. The rulers of this age do not understand this or they would have not crucified Jesus.
There is certainly logic to that, although it really only applies to those in charge of the place he was crucified, you can't really put that on anyone else.
No one understands the thoughts of God except God himself, but if we listen to our spirit, we can understand the lessons God is trying to teach us.
This is a little confusing to me, it seems to be saying that it is impossible to understand God, but then it is also saying that if we listen to ourselves we can understand God. I guess it is a little more subtle than that. We can't understand God completely, but we can understand things he is trying to tell us or something. Perhaps this is the origin of fighting contradictions by saying things like "you can't understand God".
"Natural people" cannot understand God because he is spiritual.
This seems like a way to separate them from the people who don't believe like they do. If someone disagrees with you, it's not that they came to a rational decision different from yours, it is that they are not "spiritual people" and they simply don't understand. Seems like an effective way to keep from losing converts, make them feel special and put a barrier between them and anyone who might challenge their beliefs.
v15: "The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one"
Wow, this is pretty clear, we can judge you, you can't judge us. I'm not even sure what to say, it is ludicrous.