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
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.