Josh at “Called to Rebuild” has written an excellent post called “To the church in Corinth.” The post is primarily focused on unity in Christ, building on the first chapter of Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians.
After stepping through (in a modern context) what the Corinthian divisions and disunity might look like today, Josh asks an important question: What if we’re united among ourselves, that is, among the believers who are like us? Isn’t that enough?
For example, consider this paragraph:
But there is a convenient cover for this mentality, and it stems from the congregational view of the church. We take 1 Corinthians and apply it only to the specific group of Christians that we meet with. As long as there is unity in our group we think things are ok and according to God’s will. Never mind the fact that other believers are meeting separately just down the road. Yet we forget that 1 Corinthians was written to the saints who made up the entire city. This is because the ground of the church is the city. Scripture never speaks of the church in a county, the church in a region, the church in a nation, or the church on a particular street. The boundary is never bigger or smaller than the city.
Josh is right on the mark here. Paul was not talking about all those “of Apollos” being united among themselves, and all of those “of Cephas” being united among themselves, and all of those “of Paul” being united among themselves, and even all of those “of Christ” being united among themselves. (1 Corinthians 1:12) Instead, Paul exhorted that there be no division among any believers in the city of Corinth… the whole city of Corinth. (1 Corinthians 1:10-11)
It’s time for us to drop the excuses and seek to live in the unity in Christ that we already have with all brothers and sisters who are in Christ.