TOPIC: The Evil Called Division.
Read: 1 Corinthians 11:18-34(NKJV)
11:18. For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it.
11:19. For there must also be factions among you, that those who are approved may be recognized among you.
11:20. Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper.
11:21. For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of [others;] and one is hungry and another is drunk.
11:22. What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise [you.]
11:23. For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the [same] night in which He was betrayed took bread;
11:24. and when He had given thanks, He broke [it] and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
11:25. In the same manner [He] also [took] the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink [it,] in remembrance of Me.”
11:26. For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.
11:27. Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks [this] cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
11:28. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
11:29. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
11:30. For this reason many [are] weak and sick among you, and many sleep.
11:31. For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.
11:32. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.
11:33. Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another.
11:34. But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest I will set in order when I come.
One of the reasons St. Paul wrote to the Corinthians was because he received a report that a lot of things had gone wrong in the church of which division was one of them. In our text today, he went ahead to point out another misdemeanour which must have been rooted in the fact that the people had gone their separate ways.
Earlier in the letter, he noted that some saw themselves as being ofPaul while some others belonged to Apollos (3:4). Due to this evil called division, heresies were found in their midst without control, and the Lord’s Supper was also abused. This gave rise to sicknesses and even death of some members of the Church.
Christ exhorted His disciples to be united for this is their strength in winning the world over to God. This same exhortation is for people of God today to resist the attempts of the enemy and his agents to divide us and work against the plan of God in His Church.
Some individuals have released themselves to Satan as agents of division in the church, such people should repent today so that as to avoid the wrath ofGod
PRAYER: Dear Lord, make us one in Christ. Amen.