1 Cor 1:10-31 – 15 Jun 1997
God willing, I intend to preach systematically from the book of 1 Corinthians.
In our last study, we covered 1 Cor 1:1-9.
Today, we shall meditate on v10-31.
In our last study, we began by understanding the background of 1 Corinthians.
We saw where Corinth was located, how Paul was involved in establishing the Church there and what happened to the church after he moved on in his missionary journey.
And we considered 4 things that the apostle Paul told the Corinthian Christians to remember.
And these 4 things were:
1) remember from whom the letter came
This letter came from an Apostle, a divinely appointed teacher & witness of the death and resurrection of Christ.
Therefore the letter is binding upon us to obey.
Our convictions concerning any matter should be derived from our understanding of what the Apostle has stated.
2) remember to whom the letter is written.
The letter was address to everyone in the local Church.
It was therefore their duty to read & understand what was written with the help of the Holy Spirit.
From this, we learnt that it is possible, and it was our duty, for all of us to understand the scriptures even though this may take some effort from us.
3) remember what they had
The Corinthian Church was endowed with every spiritual gift necessary for the growth & progress of their walk and witness here on earth.
4) remember what they will yet have
The Corinthian Christians were looking forward to the 2nd coming of Christ.
This should be more real in our day & age than theirs.
Now, after giving them 4 things to remember, the Apostle Paul told the Corinthian Christians that there was one thing that they had to put right immediately.
And that issue was the unity within the local Church – v10-17.
We shall consider this in the first part of our meditation today.
V10 – now, I beseech you brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgement.
In other words, let there by friendly unity in the Church.
Be of the same frame of mind.
Have the same judgement and be united in opinion and purpose.
Put in modern day language and experience, let there be no cliques amongst you that will cause division.
What was the problem in the Corinthian Church that caused the Apostle Paul to day this?
V12 – some say: I belong to Paul’s camp; others – I belong to Apollos’ camp; yet others Peter’s camp…
One group says – I like Paul’s style. He emphasised the removal of the law.
Another group says: Apollos is systematic and rhetoric – that’s what preaching should be like. I prefer it.
Yet another group says – Peter’s style is molded by life’s demands. That’s what all leaders should be like. We should follow his style.
Yet another group will say: no, no, we follow Christ.
What is the Apostle Paul’s response to this?
V13 – is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptised in the name of Paul?
What brought the Church together? The one common experience of salvation through the atoning work of Christ. How then can you belong more to one Christian group than another?