Knowledge should not create pride or division
- 1 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV)
- 1 Corinthians 3:19 (NIV)
- 1 Corinthians 3:20 (NIV)
- 1 Corinthians 3:21 (NIV)
- 1 Corinthians 3:22 (NIV)
- 1 Corinthians 3:23 (NIV)
Paul wrote a letter to the Corinthian church to address problems that the messenger reported to him and to address questions from them. The church was dividing over who their spiritual leaders were: Peter, Paul, or Apollos. They might have been picking whom they follow based on whose doctrines matched their own in order to make certain points.
Paul had to rebuke them and explain that they were boasting and dividing over their own knowledge and wisdom. God's wisdom was superior to theirs. Human wisdom and human leaders were good but inconsequential compared to what God had for them. He wanted His children to seek His wisdom and knowledge instead of emphasizing their own. And they should never divide over personal interpretation of Scripture.
God's wisdom and knowledge is superior to human teachings. We are to seek more knowledge and wisdom, but it is not to make us proud & boastful. The more knowledgable we become, the more humble we should be.
Anthony C. Thiselton, The First Epistle to the Corinthians: A Commentary on the Greek Text,The NewInternational Greek Testament Commentary (Grand Rapids: William B Eerdmans), 322.
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