1 Corinthians 1:12-13 Case Closed

1 Corinthians 1:12-13 (KJV)
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.
Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

I think too many forget that this passage is written to a single local church. To apply it to an imaginary invisible universal church may seem to be the easiest, but it is by no means the most accurate interpretation. This church was facing division. These people within it were claiming unholy loyalties. Paul meant to put an end to it.

Paul’s central argument was this, “…was Paul Crucified for you?” Paul had come to Corinth to establish that church. He had preached the gospel that led to their salvation. He had taught and trained them in the truths associated with their faith but he was not the One who had died, was buried and rose again for them.

And neither were any of their other heroes.

  • Case closed
  • Slammed shut
  • No more argument

Jesus Christ alone was their Saviour and to Christ alone they must give allegiance.

Interestingly, there was a dividing faction in the church that did claim, “I am of Christ”. The context demands that this group, though sounding holy, were equally in the wrong.

John Gill writes concerning those who claimed “I am of Christ“,
“They were for Christ without his ministers; they were wiser than their teachers; they were above being under any ministrations and ordinances; as the others attributed too much to the ministers of the Gospel, these detracted too much from them, and denied them to be of any use and service. Some persons may be, in such sense, for Christ, as to be blame worthy; as when they use his name to deceive men, or divide his interest.”

Our loyalties belong strictly to Christ who will always lead us to,

Hebrews 13:17 (KJV)
Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

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1 Corinthians 1:12-13 Case Closed

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2 Chronicles 32:12 One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism

2 Chronicles 32:12 (KJV)
Hath not the same Hezekiah taken away his high places and his altars, and commanded Judah and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall worship before one altar, and burn incense upon it?

Sennacherib thought he had a good argument to dissuade the people of Jerusalem from loyalty to their king; he was too narrow-minded. His doctrinal position was not inclusive enough. He had likely offended the very God they depended upon by excluding some form of worship (and thereby some worshippers) from their kingdom.

Sennacherib only believed this argument to be valid because he did not understand the Word of God. His relationship with God was one of human rationale and not of faith.

The thing is the argument would work on the largest number of people because, despite what side of the fortress walls they were on, anyone thinking rationally and not spiritually would tend to agree. That’s why Sennacherib’s only concern was Jerusalem and not the whole nation. There was only one crowd of people who would dismiss Sennacherib’s argument, those who were convinced that there is only one God and He is to be worshipped at only one altar.

Christianity today is filled with denominations that have been built not by faith but by human reason. These churches tend to be inclusive and tolerant of doctrines other than their own because they are not that convinced their own doctrines are sound. They believe what they believe but they believe what someone else believes may be just as good, especially if they appear to be successful.

There is only one group of people who are willing to separate from the den of Christendom to worship only:

  • One Lord
  • One faith and
  • One baptism

In a Baptist church; those who are convinced that this is the only church that Christ has built.

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2 Chronicles 32:12 One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism

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Acts 18:8 What A Miracle the Church Is

Acts 18:8 (KJV)
And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.

Here is a fascinating verse when we think of it. It is the founding of the church in Corinth:

  • Born out of consistent witnessing
  • Born out of controversy
  • Born of both Jews and Gentiles
  • Born of whole families being converted
  • Born through those believers being baptized

The church in Corinth, came at the heels of some very difficult days for Paul but turned out to be a trophy of God’s grace. Though it required correction, (What church doesn’t at one time or another?) it influenced the world for Christ for centuries to come.

What a miracle the church is!

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Acts 9:31 (KJV) The Importance of Church

Acts 9:31 (KJV)
Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.

I am interested in the word “churches”.

Gill writes that the Alexandrian version, as well as those of the same family of versions, read it in the singular. Gill is quick to note that the plural is more accurate as the context reveals, speaking of churches throughout Judea Galilee and Samaria. We ought to be careful not to refer to churches in the Catholic/Protestant vernacular “the Church”. Even in the most innocent usage of the term we are promoting a universal one church ecclesiology.

What interests me is how quickly these churches were founded. In a period that would have been about three years long, the Christians in the church at Jerusalem had scattered and reorganized themselves into churches. It illustrates how essential churches were to these early believers. Though being organized into churches increased the risk of persecution they sought each other out and formed churches.

How important is membership and participation in a local New Testament Baptist Church!

 

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Acts 9:31 (KJV) The Importance of Church

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Matthew 3:13 (KJV) Motivation for Baptism

Matthew 3:13 (KJV)
Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

It is impossible to get over the grace, the condescension and the humility of this act. God became man and dwelt among us. Then God with us submitted Himself to be baptized.

This act, if for no other reason, ought to give every believer motivation to follow Christ in baptism

  • By faith in Christ
  • By immersion as was Christ
  • By the proper authority as was Christ

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Matthew 3:13 (KJV) Motivation for Baptism

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Revelation 4:5 (KJV) Wherever God Is

Revelation 4:5 (KJV)
And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

The Spirit of God, first seen in this book in Revelation 1:4, and throughout the letters to the seven churches, is seen again in Revelation four (and will be again in chapter five). The working of the Spirit in the churches (hinted at be the mention of the seven lamps of fire) has moved from the earth to heaven where the believers are now represented to be.

  • Wherever God is, believers will be found as the mark of true faith is that they follow the Lord
  • Wherever believers are, a local church will be found as the character of Christians is to assemble into churches.
  • Wherever there is a church the Holy Spirit will be found as the great work of the Holy Spirit is among the churches
  • Wherever the Spirit is there will be Christ as He loved the church and gave Himself for it

 

 

 

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Revelation 4:5 (KJV) Wherever God Is

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Revelation 3:1 (KJV) As Christ Directs

Revelation 3:1 (KJV)
And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

 

I think John Gill is on track when, of Revelation 1:4 he writes, “…by these seven spirits are intended the Holy Spirit of God, who is one in his person, but his gifts and graces are various; and therefore he is signified by this number, because of the fulness and perfection of them…”

 

The Lord Jesus claims possession of the stars or angels (pastors) as well as that of the seven Spirits of God. His possession speaks of his authority over. The pastor of each church is subject to Christ. He is not in charge but he is under the direction of the Lord.

 

The same may be said of the Spirit of God. Though He is co-eternal and equal to Christ in every way He is subjected to Christ in the same manner that Christ is subjected to the Father. The Spirit’s ministry upon churches, each loved of Christ, is directed by Christ. The

  • perfections,
  • completions, and
  • fullnesses

of the Holy Spirit are poured out to Christ’s own churches as Christ directs.

 

 

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Revelation 3:1 (KJV) As Christ Directs

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Hebrews 9:24 Today’s Place for Worship

Hebrews 9:24
For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

 

Someone challenged me the other day and said that I could not prove that Jesus left Judaism. I offer this verse as proof to the contrary.

 

The Bible says Christ did not enter into those holy places made by men, but into heaven itself. The passage goes on to tell us that all those man made structures were to prefigure that which is real in heaven. They were not real in and of themselves – ever.

 

But we are not in heaven, someone will argue. That is true. Today we have a new place to worship in; a place not constructed by the hands of man but built by Christ Himself. He promised He would build His church. That’s not a building of wood or stone. His building is made up of men and women who:

  • have professed faith in Christ
  • been baptized by immersion as a sign of their faith and
  • committed themselves together in union for His cause

 

That’s a Baptist Church!

 

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Hebrews 9:24 We Worship Today in a Baptist Church

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Stay Free of Corruption

2 Timothy 2:20-21 KJV
But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

 

One must remember the simile being employed is the local church. Paul speaks of that church as a great house and reveals, as surprising as we may find it to be, that not every vessel in that house is a clean and honorable one. A toilet basin has a purpose in the house but it would not be satisfactory to use it as a salad bowl.

 

Even so, even those members in the church who are less godly than we would like have a purpose even if it is only to humble us as they revile our walk or to drive us to prayer as they hinder our advance. (As Moses often resorted to prayer when, in the wilderness, he met opposition within his own camp.)

 

That they have purpose, however, does not mean we should allow ourselves to be corrupted by them. Sometimes they are there only to prove us, whether we will be true despite them. Paul said there must be heresies among us that those who are approved or faithful might be manifest. The temptations of the heresies tend to separate those faithful from those who are only leaning on the faithful. Those who stay free from the corruption of the less honorable vessels are themselves, the honorable ones.

 

faithfulness

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