“Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose.” (I Corinthians 1:10)
You probably haven’t notice beloved reader, I have been absent the past couple of days – one of the advantages of working ahead. I was down with a cold and not feeling well enough to write. I am on the mend now, thankfully, and so am trying to catch up with the writing. It is not an onerous task but a nice way to spend the next couple of evenings, contemplating scripture and writing to all of us.
The writer of I Corinthians (Paul) also liked to sit and write to the people near and dear to him. But the task was not always as pleasant as I find mine tonight. That is, Paul has some scolding to do at the believers in Corinth.
“For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. What I mean is that each of you says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.” Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius,
so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name.” (Verses 11 to 15)
In light of the theology that Paul as put forth in his other letters: that all believers are part of the body of Christ – each with their own function; that no one part is more or less important than the other; that the gospel is for all people equally; and that Christ died for everyone. You can understand why divisions in what should be unity would upset him. And that believers would look to Paul as the end authority rather than God and Jesus Christ would particularly upset him. (In light of that I have to wonder how Paul would feel about his letters considered as “holy scripture” akin to the words of Christ.)
“(I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power. For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (Verses 16 to 18)
I have to wonder, beloved reader, what would be the impact if I suddenly no longer wrote this blog. Not what would happen to me personally (I have already thought about that, and I might at some later point share that “musing”.) No, I wonder what would happen for all the people who read this blog. In all humbleness and sincerity, I hope nothing. I hope all of you would go on exactly as you are, finding inspiration where it may be, and looking to God and the Lord Jesus Christ for that inspiration. Selah!