Chapter 8: This chapter, as well as Chapter 10, can be compared with Romans 14.
It never occurs to people that the weaker brethren would have been present at the reading of this letter as well as the stronger ones for whom eating meat sacrificed to idols was not a problem. While being sensitive to the way our weaker brothers feel about certain acts, we should at the same time be trying to build them up and showing them that doing such things is not a sin.
Chapter 9: Cephas, being of the tribe of Judah, would have ministered to those of that same tribe who would have understood that the Old Testament principle of the priests getting their living from the people had been carried on into the new covenant in the form of the ministers of the Gospel getting their living from it. However, the gentile believers whom Paul ministered to would not have understood this.
Chapter 12: Here Wilson shows how self-serving and vain he really seems to be. He asserts that all the gifts listed in this chapter were done away with except teaching. Thus, Wilson creates a situation in which nobody but teachers, i.e. himself, has a gift directly from the Lord. Everyone else is just the laiety. Wilson has quotes in this commentary blasting the Catholic church, but Wilson and those who believe like him have created their own little Catholic church.
Also, helps means service.
Chapter 13: When Paul says love keeps no record of wrongs, he’s not talking about having that pedophile over for dinner. He simply means love does not grind an axe.
I may write more about this chapter in another post.
Chapter 14: Again, Wilson shows his self-serving side. Prophecy here means foretelling the future, not teaching. If it meant teaching, Paul would have said teaching.
Also, just because the order of service here described (each individual member contributing something to the meeting) isn’t mentioned in the later letters doesn’t mean the church matured out of it. The early church still did it this way for a long time. Though this form of meeting creates problems, everything creates problems due to the fact man isn’t perfect. Today, more and more people are leaving the institutional church and attending house fellowships because they see what a mess the supposedly more mature way of doing things has created.
Chapter 16: This chapter doesn’t indicate the church was meeting on Sunday. Rather, the first day of the week was payday in the Roman empire.
Wilson contradicts himself by saying in the commentary on one verse that the believers brought their week’s contribution every Sunday, then says they didn’t do so in the commentary to the next verse because Paul tells them to store it up.
Also, this doesn’t indicate tithing was done away with. Where too much is revealed, nothing is revealed, just like how people try to say that just because it says the believers were gathered together in Troas on the first day of the week to hear Paul speak the day of worship had been changed from Saturday to Sunday. One instance does not a changed day make, and no mention of titheing does not the abolition of titheing make. Similarly, no mention of the Chapter 14 style of worship in the later letters does not a single speaker, “more mature” style of service make. Likewise, lack of faith and/or desire to see the gifts of Chapter 12 manifested today does not secession make.
Based on 1 Corinthians by Geoffrey B. Wilson. London: Banner of Truth, 1971.