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Grave disorders existed in the assembly at Corinth and they were the reason for the writing of this epistle. The Apostle Paul had been with the Corinthians for 18 months and he surely wouldn’t have allowed such things to carry on when he was there. It is fair to assume, therefore, that things in the assembly at Corinth had deteriorated significantly.
Paul elected to write to the Corinthians regarding the problems in their midst, rather than visiting them in person. Had he gone to Corinth, he would have had to use his apostolic authority as a rod of correction and judge many of them who were at fault. In the epistle, he treats various matters that needed correction in regard to the internal order of the assembly and also its public responsibility. Thus, we are furnished with divine insight for the maintenance of order in a local assembly of Christians. The epistle views the Church of God in its privileges and responsibilities on earth, and presents God’s appointed order for normal function.