Corinth and Acrocorinth

Trip Start May 14, 2012
Trip End May 28, 2012

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Corinth and Acrocorinth

Flag of Greece  , Attica,
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Ancient Corinth is located south of Athens. At one time Corinth was the most prestigious cities in Greece as it was a central area for trade, banking, and tourism. As we set off walking through Corinth it was easy to see how the ancient city was set up. We were able to walk through the ruins of the agora, which in the ancient times was the very popular marketplace that locals and tourists went to frequented. We also were able to climb Acrocorinth where there is breathtaking view of the city. The ruins were extremely well preserved. We were even able to see where the natural springs ran through the city in the ancient times. Ancient Corinth was very cosmopolitan in the time of Paul, which also was rather corrupt.

In total Paul made three visits to Corinth. His first visit was to establish the synagogue in Corinth, the second to attempt to resolve conflict regarding his leadership amongst the people, and the third, after reconciliation with Corinth, to receive an offering made for the people of Jerusalem. The Corinthians were segregated into upper class and lower class peoples. They did not eat amongst one another and regarded one another as separate entities rather than recognizing each other as a whole people. Paul was infuriated that the people disregarded one another due to class. The upper class made fools out of themselves and did not even consider the lower class when it came to the Lord's Supper.

After Paul’s first visit the people began to question his leadership, began to worship idols, and commit adulterous acts. He visited very briefly for a second time to address these issues. He postponed his third visit for a long period of time until the people of Corinth were able to reconcile with the Church.

Paul wrote three letters to the Corinthians in attempt to deal with the congregation’s moral problems, the divisions amongst the people of Corinth, and to defend his authority that he was given.  Paul’s ministry to the Corinthians was to pull them away from henotheism and focus more on monotheism. Seeing God as one rather than believing that each individual’s god is the "best".  He wanted them to understand that Christ is one with God.  They all have a relationship with God. He demonstrates this best in 1 Corinthians chapter 12 where Paul talks about the Body of Christ.

1 Corinthians 12: 12-14

“Just, as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free - and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many."

Paul goes on to tell the Corinthians what love really means. This is important to the people of Corinth to understand that in order to get along with everyone and all have faith in the same God you must love your God and its people. All of God’s people are part of the Body of Christ. Paul demonstrates how love is important in 1 Corinthians chapter 13.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails."
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