1. 1 Corinthians 1:10

I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought…. Read More

Read the Commentary

Paul begins the task of mending the situation which had arisen in the Church at Corinth. He was writing from Ephesus. Christian slaves who belonged to the establishment of a lady called Chloe had had occasion to visit Corinth and they had come back with a sorry tale of dissension and disunity. … Read More

2. Romans 16:17

I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them…. Read More

Read the Commentary

Romans was a letter which Paul found very difficult to bring to an end. He has sent his greetings; but before he closes he makes one last appeal to the Christians in Rome to keep themselves from every evil influence. He picks out two characteristics of men hurtful to the Church and to the Christian fellowship. … Read More

3. Titus 3:10

Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them…. Read More

Read the Commentary

This passage stresses the need for Christian action and the danger of a certain kind of discussion. … Read More

4. 1 Corinthians 3:3

You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?… Read More

Read the Commentary

Paul has just been talking about the difference between the man who is spiritual (pneumatikos, Greek #4152 ), and who therefore can understand spiritual truths, and the man who is psuchikos ( Greek #5591 ), whose interests and aims do not go beyond physical life and who is therefore unable to grasp spiritual truth. He now accuses the Corinthians of being still at the physical stage. But he uses two new words to describe them. … Read More

5. John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life…. Read More

Read the Commentary

All great men have had their favourite texts; but this has been called “Everybody’s text.” Herein for every simple heart is the very essence of the gospel. This text tells us certain great things. … Read More

6. 1 Corinthians 1:10-13

I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul?… Read More

Read the Commentary

Paul begins the task of mending the situation which had arisen in the Church at Corinth. He was writing from Ephesus. Christian slaves who belonged to the establishment of a lady called Chloe had had occasion to visit Corinth and they had come back with a sorry tale of dissension and disunity. … Read More

7. Psalms 133:1

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! … Read More

Read the Commentary

1.Behold how good, etc. I have no doubt that David in this Psalm renders thanks to God for the peace and harmony which had succeeded a long and melancholy state of confusion and division in the kingdom, and that he would exhort all individually to study the maintenance of peace. This is the subject enlarged upon, at least so far as the shortness of the Psalm admits of it. There was ample ground to praise the goodness of God in the highest terms, for uniting in one a people which had been so depl… Read More

8. 1 Corinthians 11:18

In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it…. Read More

Read the Commentary

The ancient world was in many ways much more social than ours is. It was the regular custom for groups of people to meet together for meals. There was, in particular, a certain kind of feast called an eranos to which each participant brought his own share of the food, and in which all the contributions were pooled to make a common meal. The early Church had such a custom, a feast called the Agape ( Greek #26 ) or Love Feast. To it all the Christians came, bringing what they could, the resou… Read More

9. Jude 1:19

These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit…. Read More

Read the Commentary

Jude points out to his own people that nothing has happened which they might not have expected. The apostles had given warning that in the last times just such evil men as are now among them would come. The actual words of Jude’s quotation are not in any New Testament book. He may be doing any one of three things. He may be quoting some apostolic book which we no longer possess. He may be quoting, not a book, but some oral tradition of the apostolic preaching; or some sermon which he himself ha… Read More

10. 1 Corinthians 12:25

so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other…. Read More

Read the Commentary

Here is one of the most famous pictures of the unity of the Church ever written. Men have always been fascinated by the way in which the different parts of the body cooperate. Long ago Plato had drawn a famous picture in which he had said that the head was the citadel; the neck, the isthmus between the head and the body; the heart, the fountain of the body; the pores, the lanes of the body; the veins, the canals of the body. So Paul drew his picture of the Church as a body. A body consists of m… Read More