No Divisions
1 Cor. 1:10-18

1 Cor. 1:10 Now I beseech (ask) you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions (separations) among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind (thoughts) and in the same judgment (purpose).

We can have the same thought and the same purpose when we are following God and what He wants us to do for Him. When we are reading God's word everyday, when we are communicating with God (prayer) everyday, when we have fellowship one with another, we can have the same mind as one another.

1 Cor. 1:11 For it hath been declared (told) unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions (disagreements) among you.

1 Cor. 1:12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.

1 Cor. 1:13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

In verses 12-13 Paul is trying to make a point that we are all one together in Christ Jesus. We are not to follow man, but follow God and Him alone.

1 Cor. 1:14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;

1 Cor. 1: 15 Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.

Paul wanted the people to understand that baptism comes not from man, but from God.

1 Cor. 1:16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.

Paul here is only talking about who he baptized.

1 Cor. 1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

Paul is explaining in this verse what God called him to do.

1 Cor. 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

There are two different groups of people. First group is the ones that have finished accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The other group is anyone and everyone that has not accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. This verse is making reference to both groups.

Gal. 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Paul is explaining that once we accept Jesus, we do not or should not have total control over our lives to do whatever we want. We need to be depending on Jesus to control our lives and lead us in the way He wants us to go. Reason for this is because He died for us on the cross.

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