Who was Paul and who was he addressing?
Paul was an Apostle, a pilgrim, and had a deep love for the Church in Corinth. “I will not be burdensome to you; for I do not seek yours, but you. For the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. And I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls” (II Cor. 12:14-15). Paul courageously volunteers himself and Barnabas as the “parents for the children” (or the church in Corinth).
Although a part of the Bible–a Book that holds not just a phenomenal reputation for teaching morals, but also becomes in a way the standard for the lives of many–Paul’s letters to the Corinthians are, after all, two separate, concise writings by a mere man. Before being added into the Bible, his letters were like great books by a wise author; for despite their purpose (teaching that “which the Holy Spirit teaches”–I Cor. 2:13), they also are beautifully composed, flowing with knowledge.
I and II Corinthians were written namely for the church in Corinth. Yet, the Orthodox Church, in all jurisdictions, as well as Catholics and Protestants, still read and/or sing these letters today. History verily repeats itself, as demonstrated by a variety of issues in the church in Corinth in A.D. 50 that Paul addressed that still exist in today’s churches all over the 2012 A.D. year-old world!