Party distinctions are normative under worldly wisdom but are unwelcome in the church. The reason such divisions have no place under godly wisdom is because Paul, Apollos, and any other preacher or pastor is quite simply a servant of God. This is a strong word of warning to churches today that have a tendency to create a cult of personality around a particularly charismatic leader. Likewise, preachers and pastors cannot let success (or the lack there of) distract them from their true calling, which is simply to preach the gospel in season and out of season.
More striking is Paul’s agreement with James that teachers of the Word will incur a stricter judgment. Each planter or waterer will receive a reward proportionate to his labor. This hits personally, for my responsibility as under-shepherd of minister of the Word is first and foremost to God my master.
About the Series
Paul’s First Epistle to the church in Corinth is a letter full of love and sorrow. Love for God’s Word and His Church is present on every page and sorrow for a church that has given over to the divisive wantonness of a real-world “Vanity Fair.”