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An Undivided Christ


"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..... Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Paul?" (I Cor.1:10 & 14).

Today's verses mark the beginning of the apostle Paul's 1st letter to the church in Corinth. From having read and studied the letter a few times, we come to find that as in all churches, the Corinthian one had a few problems. Since these verses are found in the very beginning of the letter, it would seem like the church was having issues with division... Paul wants to make sure that they get the thrust of his message, so in verse ten, he pleads that all of you agree with one another, so that there may be no divisions among you.... Why? That you may be perfectly united in mind and thought... He wasn't being the "mind police" in every aspect of their lives here, as it had nothing to do with what they wore, what they ate or where they worked. It was all about religious unity under Christ, so Paul really wades into the fray as he condemns their party spirit with biting irony and taunting ridicule. We must remember here that Paul had taught them the truth about salvation and Christian living, but it would seem as though they had quickly forgotten the message. I can almost read the dialogue...He asked this; "Is Christ divided?" Of course not! Then why are you divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Certainly not! Then why would you look at him as you liberator? Were you baptized into the name of Paul? Definitely not! Then why would you call yourself a "Paulite?" Paul was appealing to their nature of togetherness in the Lord, just as he does to us... "You are still worldly. For since there is jealously and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you acting like mere men? For when one says " follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos," are you not mere men?" (I Cor.3:3-4). Since I am a Christian, I certainly don't want the Lord to view me as a mere man.... How about you? This week we we examine the undivided Christ...

Have a great start to your week.... Begin it with a RAK or two..... Love mark Phil.4:11

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