I Corinthians 1-3: Is Christ Divided?

I appeal to you, brothers,by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.

” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

I Cor. 1:10-13, ESV

 

As a long time student of the Word and observer of the church, I believe one of the greatest failures of modern day Christians is that we have divided the church that Jesus shed His blood for. As Paul pointed out, Jesus cannot be divided, so when the church is divided then the problem must be with men... and it is a very big problem!

 

Just think for a moment how many different churches there are. It seems like there is a church for every opinion and every preference of men. It's as if men just don't trust God enough to realize that His way is right so, rather than trying to seek His church from within the Scriptures, they simply make one of their own.

 

I guess there is just nothing like a custom fit.

 

One of the most important points that Paul is making in this passage is that Jesus was indeed crucified for our sins. Therefore, when we are baptized, it is to be a baptism into Christ, not into some organization created by men. And when we are added to the church (Acts 2:47) it is God adding us to the church, not a church. Many people will not get the point of this statement, but I think that God expects us to all the same.

 

And He expects us not to be divided.

 

But, how is that possible when men have so many different opinions? The answer of course is that our task is to place ourselves within the commands of God as found within His Word, rather than trying to come up with our own custom religion. The fact is that Jesus died for our sins and God has extended His grace to all who will accept His terms. But make no mistake, men will remain divided until they realize that it is God who is in control, not men.

 

The reading for the next few days is from the first three chapters of I Corinthians. It tells us all we need to know about God's desire for us to be united together within the church of His Son, rather than to be split into a million churches that are often designed to suit the desires of men rather than the will of God.