1Corinthians 1:10 – The same mind25-10-2018 - Posted by Andre Piet
Now I am entreating you, brethren, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all may be saying the same thing and there may be no schisms among you, but you may be attuned to the same mind and to the same opinion.
After Paul’s introduction, thanksgiving and prayer, a first correction follows. Paul’s profession of the name of our Lord Jesus Christ is very telling here. Because against this one name that connects all, names of favored people were set in order to turn away from each other. Favored ministers were regarded as party leaders, causing the unity to give way to schisms. Often a precursor of separations.
What Paul observed in schisms in Corinth is still highly relevant today. Instead of being oriented the solid ground of the Word, the differences between those who brought them this Word began to receive their attention. No longer focused on content (spirit) but on the packaging (flesh). Not focused on what is said but on who says it and how it is said.
Unity exists when we only refer to the Word and sharply distinguish between our own conclusions, opinions and findings and the facts of the Word.