Give Paul's central understanding of Jesus in 1 Corinthians. Substantiate what you say with reference to what Paul says in that letter.

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Paul's letters often followed a pattern which included the following: salutation, thanksgiving, main body, and a farewell. In all of Paul's letters, with the exception of Galatians, the main theme of the letter is stated in the greeting and thanksgiving portion. In Paul's letter to the church at Corinth, the apostle addresses some issues in the Corinthian church, but in the greeting and thanksgiving section of this letter, Paul states his main purpose for the letter, which is that all believers belong to Christ Jesus:

"To God's church church at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus and called as saints, with all those in every place who call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord—both their Lord and ours." (1st Corinthians 1:2).

All who have called on the name of Jesus and accept him as Lord are "set-apart" and belong to Jesus, accepting his authority. Jesus is head of the church, and ultimately, Lord of all.

Paul often uses the servant/master relationship to describe what...

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