New Testament
Lesson 33
“Ye Are the Temple of God”

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will inspire us to seek the blessings that come from being unified in Christ, following the Spirit, and being morally clean.

Scripture references for study:  1 Corinthians 1–6
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Lesson 33 Handout (PDF format)

Introduction to Corinthians

"In Paul's day, Corinth was a large and prosperous Greek trading center. Although most of its population was pagan, many Jews lived there also. During his second missionary journey, Paul stayed in Corinth for eighteen months, establishing a branch of the Church there. The converts had committed to forsake the wicked ways of their city, but Paul apparently received reports that some of them had formed cliques and divisions, committed sexual sins, taken their brethren to court, trusted in the wisdom of men, squabbled over minor points of doctrine, returned to pagan practices, perverted the sacrament, and denied the Resurrection. In addition, the Judaizers (Jewish Christians who still clung to the Mosaic law) were trying to discredit Paul.  Paul's letter to the Saints in Corinth was intended to respond to these disquieting reports." (Gospel Doctrine Teacher's Manual, 1989, p32)

1 Corinthians 1

READ 1 CORINTHIANS 1:10-13. Division and lack of unity in the Church.

READ 1 CORINTHIANS 1:19-31. The Lord to destroy the wisdom of the wise.

1 Corinthians 2

Among the Greeks, the popular means of determining truth and knowledge was through philosophical debate. Consider Paul's teachings to the Corinthian saints about how to obtain the truth about God.

READ 1 CORINTHIANS 2:1-7,10-13. The things of God can only be known through the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 3

READ 1 CORINTHIANS 3:1-3. The Corinthians saints were unable to learn because of their carnality.

Paul On Morality

READ 1 CORINTHIANS 5:1-8,13. Paul condemns immorality. There is no place for it in the Church.

READ 1 CORINTHIANS 3:16-17. Ye are the temple of God.

"Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God." (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

"I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators." (1 Corinthians 5:9)

There was no excuse in Paul's day for immoral behavior and there is no excuse today. We must protect ourselves from worldly forces and not allow ourselves to be led down the slippery slope.

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Hundreds of years ago Paul was concerned about the behavior of the Corinthian saints. Many of them were not living within gospel standards. As an apostle, and as their friend, he wrote a letter of counsel. Though his advice was directed at these ancient members of the Church, his counsel is still valid today. As members of the Church, we need to strive towards unity. We need to beware of the counsel and wisdom of the world and seek for the guidance of the Spirit. Today we live in a world that often tells us that there is nothing wrong with immoral behavior. We have been commanded by the Lord in our time to stay pure and clean. We need to be ever diligent in watching our thoughts and behavior and never cross any boundaries that can lead to our downfall. Our eternal destiny depends on it.

Record your thoughts on Paul's teachings to the Corinthians. What specific things can you do to more fully keep the commandments?

Resources Used In This Lesson

Doctrinal New Testament Commentary by Bruce R. McConkie (DNTC).


Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie.

Sermons Not Spoken by Neal A. Maxwell.

Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson.

Teachings of Lorenzo Snow.

Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball.

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith selected and arranged by Joseph Fielding Smith.

Teach Ye Diligently by Boyd K. Packer.

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