Located on a narrow strip of land between the Aegean and Adriatic Seas, Corinth was a port city that drew people from various places around the world. Some stayed for a short time to enjoy the hedonistic vibe.
Corinthians enjoyed the theater, Olympic-like games, and the great temple of Aphrodite with one thousand prostitutes to aid worshippers. The Corinthian church was a bright light in a morally dark place, but they had many internal problems.
Despite their toxic body life, the Corinthian believers were “saints of God” and Paul included them among “those sanctified in Christ Jesus” (1:2). He urged them to live up to their high and holy calling, so they looked more like Christ than Corinth.