Sunday, April 10, 2011

The argument settled before the argument began

In 1 Corinthians 1 Paul leaps out immediately to address the issue of the divided church.  He transitions by verse seven from a general greeting into a pre-scalding comfort that also settles the debate.
...so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ,  who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 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.
Now having said that, or should I say, already solved it, Paul will formally address the problem in verse 11.
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."

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