Do we take pride in “one man over against another”?

It is Saturday, and it is nice weather outside, so this is going to be short, but I just wanted to share what I had been reading and studying this morning.

1 Corinthians 4:6 says,

“Now, brothers I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not take pride in one man over against another.”

What does it mean to “not go beyond what is written”? The short answer…do not go beyond the Bible. God’s word has all the answers, yet how often do we turn to this book or that book for an explanation. Isn’t that going “beyond what is written”?

2 Timothy 3:16 says that all scripture is God-breathed. Who else can claim that about the books or commentaries they have written? So then why do we turn to external sources for answers?

We have become arrogant, each thinking our books, our explanations, or our answers (even when unsubstantiated by the Word) are better. Paul realized that this would divide a people who should be united in their thinking, having one belief and faith. If we go beyond what is written, creating our own interpretations and understanding, then there will be pride taken in one man over against another. Isn’t that what is happening today?

In 1 Corinthians 1:10 Paul says this,

“I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.”

Clearly divisions and different denominations were not the plan from the beginning. So what went wrong? People started creating their own teachings, instead of being united. People started writing their own commentaries and books, with their own explanations and interpretations, instead of only using God’s word.

We have to return to God’s word, we have to make sure we have His word hidden in our hearts so that we do not sin against Him.

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”~Psalm 119:11


Have you ever wondered why there are so many different denominations? 
Have you ever wondered who has the absolute truth?
Is it nice weather where you are? Any plans for the day? 


6 thoughts on “Do we take pride in “one man over against another”?

  1. Good point. I hadn’t really noticed these scriptures before. But when we read a given scripture, It is tough to know whether we are understanding it in the way God intended. The correct understanding has to be the one that ties the entire body of scripture together. We shouldn’t pick and choose scriptures to believe just as we shouldn’t pick and choose religious books. God is one god and one truth and he wants us all to be united together. Doesn’t it make sense that we should believe in the one true God in the one true way? Moral and religious relativism have gone too far.

    • It seems that if you say these things out loud them you are labeled as intolerant and not “accepting of everyone”…but I am not sure that God is tolerance of these kinds of things. We are told the way is narrow, yet we as people seem to make the way as wide as possible. We know there is one true God and only one true way yet we think that having 38,000 denominations is ok. Are we really happy to be spiritually blind and deaf?

  2. I think there are so many denominations because we did the exact opposite of 1 Corinthians 4:6. Some of it has to do with structure and other times it has to do with comfort. Honestly, I can’t even telly you the difference between certain denominations. All I know is that we’ve grown accustomed to being spoon fed the Truth. I say this because I’ve been guilty of it. But, the honest truth is that yo will never know Jesus until you take a look for yourself with your own lens. Commentaries, and other books are great, but they can never take the place of the Word.

    It’s lovely weather over here!! Just went out for lunch with the fam for father’s day/sister birthday! :-)

    • Oh, I am so glad you had good weather too! (Happy Birthday to your sister) :)
      I agree, we have grown way too accustomed and comfortable with being spoon fed religion. I doubt it is even truth half the time, often just traditions and rules taught by men. We see this happening throughout the history of the Bible…one would think that we would learn from history (1 Cor 10:11)…
      Like you said, we should all be seeking and searching for the truth, from God’s word!

  3. I think there are a few different reasons for different denominations. When we study the history of the church what seems to be a common theme is, a denomination begins right. They begin passionate about God and His Word, then after years have gone by, and the founder has passed, they fall away from what they were passionate about. Then God inspires one person, or one group of people, they realize that the denomination has fallen from their passion and start another denomination. What we need today is people that will get inspired and then inspire the rest of the church rather than begin a new church.

    • If that is the case – with the denominations starting out right, yet failing when the founder passes away – then why does that denomination continue to exist? If there is need to start another denomination once the one has failed then why does that ‘old’/failed denomination keep “teaching” God’s word. Surely if something starts off right, but ends off wrong it is not the truth anymore…so why keep following those teachings?
      I personally believe that we need the truth, every person needs to seek God’s kingdom and His righteousness earnestly and humbly, so that we can understand what covenant we have to keep, and so that we are not in the same boat as the leaders, teachers of the law and physical Israelites at the time of the first coming (Is 29:9-13; Mt 15:3, 6-9)

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