Paul admonishes the church in Corinth for their divisions. However, this verse shows that division in and of itself is not sinful. Sin enters in through the how of that division. The problem with the church were its divisions along human lines highlighted in verse twelve. Right and necessary divisions are made along the line of truth and lies. Those who stand on one side stand on folly, and those of us on the other stand on wisdom.
On one side of the line is the foolish “wisdom” of the world. No matter how excellent or persuasive it may be, human wisdom, smarts, brilliance, and genius fall short of conveying the message of the cross. The other side of the line is this “foolishness” of the cross, the preaching of Christ crucified, which causes the unbelieving world to stumble and mock. The gospel of Christ is a scandalous, radical message for those who have neither ears to hear nor eyes to see.
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.”