Clear Calls for Christians: Proper UnityAugust 11, 2014 at 11:49 am | Posted in I Corinthians, Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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Last time we saw that, as Christians:
I. We are called to Pure Upgrade.
II. We are called to Proper Unity.
The fellowship with Christ to which we are called is a good segue into another fellowship to which we are called: the fellowship with each other.
Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
I Corinthians 1:10
“All speak the same thing” = “all be on the same page.” This is not what was going on in Corinth:
For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
I Corinthians 1:11
According to Proverbs 13:10 contentions only come by pride. They often lead to factions – choosing up sides – and that’s what happened here.
Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
I Corinthians 1:12
Paul’s response to this was his usual response, in a way. He pointed to Christ.
Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?
I Corinthians 1:13
Christ is not divided, and He never has been – neither bodily (one of many reasons why the Roman Catholic practice of the “eucharist” is heretical), nor doctrinally. Only Christ died for us, and we are to be baptized in His name, not in the name of the preacher who does the dunking.
For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
I Corinthians 1:17
He preached a message that has always sounded foolish to unbelievers.
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
I Corinthians 1:18
But it is a message that is incredibly exciting and transformative for new believers. Why such a simple message? Why a crucifixion? So God would get all the glory and credit, not His messengers.
But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
I Corinthians 1:23
The Jews tripped and fell over the idea that their King would be crucified. The Greeks could never be impressed by a message which said that the Savior of the world was a Jewish carpenter from Nazareth. But we need to see ourselves as having a third specific calling, which we will look at next time.