This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from our brother Sosthenes.
We are writing to the church of God in Corinth, you who have been called by God to be his own holy people. He made you holy by means of Christ Jesus, just as he did all Christians everywhere -- whoever calls upon the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and theirs.
May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you his grace and peace.
I can never stop thanking God for all the generous gifts he has given you, now that you belong to Christ Jesus.
He has enriched your church with the gifts of eloquence and every kind of knowledge.
This shows that what I told you about Christ is true.
Now you have every spiritual gift you need as you eagerly wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He will keep you strong right up to the end, and he will keep you free from all blame on the great day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns.
God will surely do this for you, for he always does just what he says, and he is the one who invited you into this wonderful friendship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)