1 Corinthians 1:11-16.. 11 For I have been informed concerning you, my brethren, by Chloe’s people, that there are quarrels among you. 12 Now I mean this, that each one of you is saying, “I am of Paul,” and “I of Apollos,” and “I of Cephas,” and “I of Christ.” 13 Has Christ been divided? Paul was not crucified for you, was he? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
The apostle named the personalities who had become figureheads for four segments in the church. This had happened without these leaders authorization.
- Paul was the preacher who had first preached the gospel to Corinth.
- Apollos had succeeded Paul as the spiritual leader of the Corinthian congregation A Some of the Corinthians thought Apollos was a better teacher or preacher than Paul.
- Cephas was Simon Peter.
- Those who claimed to belong to Christ may have felt superior to the other three parties. Boasting in Jesus is a good thing; boasting about oneself for following or obeying Jesus is sinful.
Paul asked three sarcastic questions.
- Is Christ divided? No, Jesus is sovereign over His entire church.
- Was Paul crucified for you? No, Jesus is the Savior of His church through His sacrificial death.
- Were you baptized in Paul’s name? No, they were baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Spirit B.
Since 1965, at FBC Jacksonville we have had 5 Senior Pastors, 10 ministers of music and 2 orchestra directors, many other staff, Trustees and Deacons. We were thankful for each person during their time, and loved them. We have followed the current leaders in these 53 years. This scripture speaks clearly; “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account.” C
There is no place in the church for living in the past. When does appreciation of a spiritual leader cross the line into allegiance that may prove to be divisive? Who do I love more Jesus or a current or former staff member?
Henry Luke 3/7/2018
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