In the future world, Christians will rule as judges. In other words, they will have legal authority in matters of great importance. But in this life, the Christians in Corinth were not even accepting the responsibility to deal with minor matters. They were arguing constantly, but they would not allow any Christian to decide between them. Paul says that they should be ashamed.
Instead, they were going to judges who were not Christians. And they were arguing with each other in public. Such actions would not help people to believe in God. If Christians are constantly accusing each other, other people will not know what to believe.
Paul described Christians as ‘brothers’. They all have the same Father, that is, God. If Christians are brothers, they should show love towards each other (Psalm 133:1; 1 John 3:10).
Paul insists that the Christians must find a way to deal with these arguments. In the future world, Christians will be rulers and judges, so they should start with their own arguments now. They must find one wise person in their church whose decision they would all respect. And they should allow that person to decide about these matters.
The problem in Corinth was that the Christians did not respect their local church leaders. Instead, the Christians cared too much about their own opinions. That is why they argued. But they really needed the leaders whom God had appointed. God had given them each of those leaders for a particular purpose (12:28).
Please use the links at the top of the page to find our other articles in this series. You can download all our articles if you go to the download page for our free 450 page course book.
© 2014, Keith Simons.