The Book of 1 Corinthians Bible Study Chapter 1 Part 2

Next we read 1 Cor 1:10-17
v10: Speak the same thing: There should be a similarity between what we all say – we have the same message, rooted in the Word of G-d, and that’s why there should be agreement. When we utilize the proper methodology for interpreting Scripture we are going to arrive at a very similar understanding of the Word of G-d.
·      No divisions (disagreements) among you: There should be unity (We may have different views/perspectives of a primary truth but, like a diamond, these should complement and not conflict with each other). It is when we are united that the Holy Spirit can move most powerfully (Acts 1:14, Acts 2:1-2).
·      Perfectly joined: Knit together. When the temple was built the stones were not cut on site but were cut far away and then brought to the site where they were then assembled. These stones fit perfectly into each other. This is how the body of Messiah should be (1 Kings 6:7)
·      In the same mind and …same judgment: We have been given the mind of Messiah (1 Cor 2:16)
v11: Chloe was an individual (or a group of individuals) who reported to Paul that there was a problem amongst the believers – instead of being united and fitting together perfectly they disagreed with one another and were fighting amongst themselves. 
v12: The four men mentioned here were very different from each other. What had happened in Corinth was that the believers had split themselves into little groups/cliches. This had caused confusion in the ranks and had led to many believers not understanding the uniqueness of Messiah Yeshua – He, unlike the other three men, (being fully man, but also fully G-d) was not just another spiritual leader. 
·      Cephas: Another name for Simon Peter. 
v13: Is Messiah divided?: He is not! As believers, IN HIM, neither should we be divided. When there is a disagreement within a congregation it’s because certain individuals have separated themselves from being faithful to Messiah – they’re not about His purposes or about demonstrating His character. They have their own personal agendas and objectives. This brings division within the body of believers. 
·      Was Paul crucified for you? Obviously not. Paul’s death made no impact in our lives in the way that Messiah’s death impacted us – Yeshua’s death, the perfect lamb, made it possible for us to experience redemption. 
·      Baptised in the name of Paul: Paul is not just talking about the physical act here but about what it symbolises – death, burial and resurrection in Messiah; living transformed lives. 
v14: Crispus: Acts 18:8
v16: Paul did baptise a few people, and other than the ones mentioned he couldn’t remember if he had baptised anyone else. He did not remember, because baptising others was not his primary objective (v17) or call. This didn’t mean he wouldn’t do it or couldn’t baptise others, but it was not his focus. 
v17: To preach the gospel: Paul’s primary calling was to evangelise – to preach the good news about redemption. 
·      Not with wisdom of words: He did not persuade people with eloquent speech – getting their rational minds to agree, but their spirits remaining unchanged. 
·      Lest the cross of Messiah should be made of no effect (emptied of its meaning): Paul’s focus was on the cross of Messiah. When we share the gospel, our focus must be on the cross. If we don’t understand the cross then we don’t understand the gospel, and we will also misunderstand what G-d has done through His only begotten Son – Messiah Yeshua. Messiah became a curse for us (by hanging on the tree – Deut 21:22-23, Gal 3:13-14) in order that the righteousness of G-d could become a reality in our lives. 

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