Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 1 Cor. 1:10 KJV
Corinth was a port city known for its diverse culture. Along with the constant stream of people that flowed into the city came diverse ideas and beliefs. A lot of the Corinthian church’s problems were because the culture was influencing the church instead of the other way around. I think every church in America can attest to the constant battle with the pervasive culture all around us.
One commentary adds that the key phrase, “perfectly joined together” carries with it the idea of something being torn or rent which needs to be repaired. One reason I think this verse is so powerful is that it shows us where to apply the ointment so that the healing can begin. If it was in fact a tear in fabric of the church, the repair had to start in what the church was thinking. There had to be unity of thought before there could be unity of belief. Once the church believed the same thing and their thinking was in line with God’s Word, then right-actions would follow. Wrong thinking would produce wrong believing, and wrong belief produces wrong actions. So Paul urges the Corinthian church to have unity of thought.
This passage also lets us know that if we as church protect our unity of thought, we will have “no divisions” among us. If there are “no divisions,” then we won’t fall as church. The same applies to each family in the church, unity of family. Jesus put it this way, “every city or house divided against itself shall not stand (Matt. 12:25).” We also know that if we have “no divisions,” then we will be a strong church. I like how Solomon uses the rope analogy to indicate that we have strength when we are bound together: “And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken (Eccl. 4:12).”
Let us pray as one, Lord help us to be united in thought and to cast down imaginations, every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of you, and take every thought captive into the obedience of Christ (2 Cor. 10:5).