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1 Corinthians 1

Jerry Zhang
Jerry Zhang

1 min read

Be Unified in Christ

I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. – 1 Corinthians 1:10

There it is again, Paul uses the phrase I appeal to you. We know this is a serious ask, which means that it's a problem in the Corinth church. It's important not to be divided within the church. Instead of each person claiming they follow a different leader, we should all follow Christ.

Christ the Wisdom and Power of God

For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. – 1 Corinthians 1:26

The most surprising thing about God is that he doesn't pick the best most talented people to be a part of his team. Ironically, many of the best don't want to be part of God's team because either they don't believe in God, or they want to be God.

But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. – 1 Corinthians 1:27-29

God is counterintuitive. Here's a chart below explaining the differences between God and the world:

Attribute The World God
The Foolish Discards them Uses them to shame the wise
The Weak Discards them Uses them to shame the strong
The Low And Despised Discards them Uses them to bring to nothing things that are

The world shames the foolish; God shames the "worldly wise".

The world shames the weak; God shames the "worldly strong".

The world shames the low; God shames the "worldly high".

God reminds us that we cannot boast about ourselves before him.

In the eyes of God, we are all foolish, weak, and low. But God's love goes beyond comparing us to himself, for he even created us in his image.

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Jerry Zhang

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