In 1 Corinthians 1 Paul explains that there should be no divisions in the church. According to Paul, the “wisdom of man” believes the gospel message is foolishness and therefore anyone who follows after the cunning words of a man’s message just because it “makes sense” more than another is in the wrong.
Paul goes on to explain in chapter 2 that true wisdom in the Gospel Mesage (cross and resurrection) can only be understood through the Spirit.
In 2:6-16 we see how this wisdom can be received. The first method God used is through revelation. In 2:10 we are reminded that God revealed wisdom to us through the Spirit.
The “special” revelation of Godly wisdom that some claim to have and others follow blindly is in direct contrast to what Paul is saying here. Though someone may make sense to us because we understand their words or their passion is expressed in a way that resonates with us, we should be careful not to accept the messenger over the Word of God.
What an incredible gift to have the Spirit reveal the wisdom of God to us!
This single source for knowing godly wisdom is only one reason we should strive to not have divisions in our churches. There are two more reasons that are found in verses 12 and 13.
It is hard to comprehend but easy to experience in our culture. The idea that the worldly system is going to naturally believe the things of God are weak is something we need to consider when we begin evaluating the impact a Biblically based teaching will have in our life.
This is not asceticism. That is a form of legalism that taught people to make themselves weak and foolish in order to “suffer” with Christ. Apparently, the self inflicted pain and suffering should add to the grace that Christ provided. This self abasement is not what Paul is referring to here.
This is in reference to the humility that walking a surrendered Christian life requires in order to experience God’s amazing power and love in your life. Humility says that we don’t know everything. It also says that He does and we can trust Him with our whole heart.
Keeping these ideas in mind, we can see why Paul begins his book to the Corinthians attempting to provide a path to unity. The first insight is for us as Christians to realize that our source for wisdom and strength is God, not man. We also need to remember that we are influenced by the world all the time and should check ourselves regularly.
Be like Spider Man and grab a tall glass of water and think about it.