Oct 05, 2015 01:52 AM EDT
1Corinthians 1:10 I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.
To the members in Corinth, Apostle Paul says "you may be perfectly united in mind and thought". Why is he saying this?
1:11 My brothers, some from Chloe's household have informed me that there are quarrels among you.
1:12 What I mean is this: One of you says, "I follow Paul"; another, "I follow Apollos"; another, "I follow Cephas"; still another, "I follow Christ."
Among them, there was conflict with baptism and evangelism. Both are so important, and then now it causes serious divisions among the body of Christ. That is the reason why Paul is emphasizing perfect unity here. He says not to dispute in factions in church.
1:13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Paul?
It is that we should not argue each other since we all belong to Jesus Christ. If we truly know the Gospel, we cannot make any dispute.
2Corinthians 4:3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.
"To those who are perishing", the Gospel is veiled and this is when the argument would arise following the 'rule of the jungle'. The Apostle says,
1Corinthians 1:17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel--not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
In 1Corinthians Ch. 1, he kept talking about the way of the Cross. This is the Gospel. It is not only concept of being lower, self-emptying, but to resemble the love of the Lord, His sacrifice. This is the true love toward the souls. Let us be Christ-centered, and serve others first, so that we can overcome any hatred, misunderstanding, conflict, and barrier between each other by the great love and forgiveness of God.