“To the Church of God which is in Qorinthus, called and holy, which is in Yeshua The Messiah, sanctified, and all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Yeshua The Messiah, theirs and ours.” (1 Corinthians 1:2) Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yes, that translation is distinctly different from most, but it’s not what I am talking about. Instead, I’d like to offer another translation:
To the ones who have been CALLED OUT of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light in Corinth, CALLED TO BE HOLY in Jesus together with all those everywhere who are CALLING on the name of our Lord and theirs Jesus, the Christ.
Think of that translation more in the vein of the Amplified version than a direct word for word translation. Greek scholars, feel free to correct that or any of the following conclusions:
Notice that the word “called” is used in three places in three different ways.
First, the word “Church” (Ekklesia) or “called out ones.” Yes, it does also include the ideas of congregation, assembly, or gathering, but “The Church” (Singular) is made up of all those who have been called out of the Kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of light. The words “called out” are embedded in the word “church.”
Second, the Church is called (klētois) summoned, invited, etc “to” something, in this case, to be holy. The church is not just called out to assemble, but called out for a purpose. Called out to be sent out.
Third, calling (epikaloumenois) or better yet, “those who are calling,” appealing to, or naming among them. Those who together reach towards the One who called them.
In summary then, according to 1 Corinthians 1:2, the Church is those who are called out, called to, and calling upon. Called out by Christ, Called to be holy in Christ, and always Calling on the name of Jesus.
A further consideration: The word “churches” (ekklesias) in 1 Corinthians 7:17 and many other places, in the plural form establishes and justifies the existence of many local assemblies within the greater context of the universal Church. 1 Corinthians 1:2 These local groupings of the called out ones also have all three characteristics mentioned above.
Does anyone take issue with my translation of 1 Corinthians 1:2?