Christians must remember that we are not our own, but that we belong to Christ. Since that is the case, we must glorify God in all that we do, and not use the good things that God has created for sin.
Among the many problems that existed in the church in Corinth, they were also taking one another to court over trivial, worldly matters. Paul’s argument is that Christians should settle matters such as this among themselves, because Christians are best qualified to judge in such cases.
As Paul continues to correct the spirit of division in Corinth, he further illustrates the folly of human ideas of wisdom and of putting one’s trust in men rather than Christ. He also writes to remind the church of the role that teachers play in the growth of the church.
Many in the world consider the gospel to be foolish, and that has been true since the first century, according the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians. Fortunately for those who put their faith in the gospel, the wisdom of the world fails, and the wisdom of the Spirit, the true wisdom that comes from God and is seen in his plans, will stand forever.
One of the key issues Paul deals with in the letter of 1 Corinthians is the need for unity within the body of Christ. Christians cannot be divided if we hope to reach the world with the gospel. Our Lord prayed for unity among believers in John 17, so that the world would know that he was sent by the Father. When the church is divided, not only is it sinful, but it robs us of our effectiveness in reaching the world with the gospel of Christ.
As we prepare to talk about worship in giving next Sunday, we take a few minutes this morning to talk about what God has given us through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.