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Corinthians 6: 9-10

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Understanding the genre of the scriptures we are reading, can help us in understanding the specific context they were written in so that we do not end up mislead by a misunderstanding of the meaning of a text of scripture. My definitive text for this class is 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. This text is an epistle written by the Apostle Paul to the church in Corinth. In this text Paul is discussing with the church the specific types of son that they should avoid as these types of sinners (if they continue in sin) will not inherit the kingdom of heaven. One important thing to note regarding epistles is that that these weren’t generally written as documents intended for the church as a whole, they were written to these specific churches to deal with issues within those churches. They do often contain information that can apply to the church as a whole, but that is not often the intended audience. As Dennis Bratcher points out in an article written for the Christian Resource Institute: They were written for specific people in specific circumstances to address specific topics. That is part of the function of the form of a letter. Since they are now contained within Scripture, it is easy to yield to our modern temptation to universalize these letters and make them absolute. But we must always take seriously the occasional nature of the letters.…show more content…
We can find meaning that applies to the church as a whole as long as we understand the context surrounding it. With my chosen text, it is actually fairly easy to know that it is something that applies to a wider audience than just the church of Corinth as Paul includes something very similar in other letters written. Knowing that it does exist beyond just the letter to the Corinthians helps us to understand that it isn’t just an issue that Corinth faces, but rather it’s a widespread
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