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UNITED IN THE SAME MIND


I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. – 1 Corinthians 1:10 (ESV)

Whatever is meant by this, it cannot mean “united in the same opinions.” If that were so, then the church would be hostage to the opinions of the most opinionated, stuborn, and self-willed members! In other words, it would require all to yield to the opinions of those who least represent the humility of “the mind of Christ” as described in Philippians 2:5-8.

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (ESV)

Also, Paul’s teaching in Romans 14:1 – 15:7 will not support requiring unanimity of opinion.

What, then, does this text mean? What is the “same mind and same judgment” in which we are to be united?

I suggest it would be the love of God and fellow man we see in Jesus and the mutual submission to one another Paul enjoined in Romans 14 where those of conflicting opinions (even in matters where Scripture had spoken) were not to look down on those of the opposite opinion but rather to accept each other as the Lord had accepted each of them.

To accept the affirmative answer to these questions would maintain respect and love within the fellowship while allowing diversity of opinion and even, in some instances, of practice.

Paul’s argument in the rest of this chapter points in this direction as he exalts Jesus while diminishing personal preeminence of individual members of the congregation, or even of leading preachers or apostles.

May God bless us all with ‘one mind’ in the love of Jesus in 2016! The world has too much fussing and bickering. Let’s not add to that cacophony by having discording voices in the church as well!

–Jerry Starling

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  1. Good thoughts!

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