dailybiblereader2012

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1 Corinthians 1:10-2:5 Saints Together

on September 7, 2012

In Paul’s greeting, he reminded the body of believers in Corinth that they were called to be saints together will all who call upon the name of Jesus.  In verse 10, Paul is appealing to them towards this end–using words like “all agree,” “no division,” “united,” “same mind,” and “same judgment.”  That’s just in one verse!  Paul’s desire was for a healthy body–united.  That was Jesus’ desire too.  In His prayer in John 17, He asked the Father to let us all be one with Him.

So what causes disunity in the body of Christ?  They quarreled over which teacher they followed. (Apparently they had superstar pastors, too.)  Most were choosing to align themselves with eloquent orators of worldly wisdom who were not centered on the power of the cross.  Also, in their pride, they forgot they were chosen by God, not on their own merit.  They thought themselves strong and wise failing to realize that true wisdom and strength only comes from God.

What will keep a body unified?  Focusing solely on Jesus will give unity and humility.  (I don’t believe there can ever be unity apart from humility.)  When we personally and corporately live and teach in such a way that Jesus and the cross is central, it sets the heart and mind of man on Him alone.  When we realize that we were chosen by God because we were weak and foolish and despised, it humbles us, so that our boasts are only in Him and His power to save.  I’ve heard it said, “The ground is level at the cross.”  All who are called to follow Jesus come in brokenness and surrender, realizing we have nothing to offer and forgiveness, wisdom, strength, righteousness, sanctification and redemption to gain.

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