What is Paul's central understanding of Jesus in 1 Corinthians?

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In essence, the Apostle Paul’s initial letter to the Corinthians principally dealt with the issues and concerns such as the division in the early congregation. Subsequent to establishing the Christian congregation, Paul learns that the members who he left as elders had essentially advanced in what one could espouse as spiritual vanity and contemptuousness. This leaves us the question of the Apostle Paul’s central understanding of Jesus in this letter.

Overall, Paul is emphasizing the message that Jesus Christ came; he was the one who died, was buried, and was resurrected to a new existence as a ransom sacrifice for the sins of all humanity. He was perfect as was the first man, Adam. Adam was the first man to fall to sin. Jesus was sent to earth as the “last Adam” to pay the debt of sin as atonement that made it possible for humanity to be reunited with the Father. Therefore, the overall message and central understanding in the above mentioned passage is that of love and unity.