1 Corinthians 1:13 KJV “Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?”
Earlier this week I had a dream. I saw a white sign on a fire truck. The truck was moving and the sign on top of the truck was as big as the truck. As I got closer to the fire truck I was able to see what was written on the sign. It read, “1 Corinthians 1:13.” I woke up wondering what the dream meant. I knew the dream was from God. I prayed for interpretation and read 1 Corinthians 1:13, which reads:
1 Corinthians 1:13 AMP “Has Christ been divided [into different parts]? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized into the name of Paul? [Certainly not!]”
“Has Christ been divided [into different parts]?” I discerned that God was talking to me about divisions in the church. He is definitely not happy about it. I also reflected on a church split I went through recently with people I’ve known for 30 plus years!😲 “1 Corinthians 1:13,” sitting on a fire truck. As I prayed for interpretation my mind shifted to, what does the fire truck represent? What do fire trucks do? They’re used to put out fires and help save lives. The more I prayed and asked God for understanding I knew that God was telling me just as a fire truck puts out raging fires, obeying what 1 Corinthians 1:13 encourages– UNITY IN THE BODY not divisions–will put out God’s fiery judgment🔥 that is coming on all who cause divisions in the body of Christ. God was letting me know He didn’t want anyone to burn. Neither should we. And I also believe God was telling me to, ‘Use the gifts I have given you to warn people in the church. Help put out the fire, help save some lives like a good fireman.’ (Jude 1:22-23)
I also began to discern from this dream that I should not feel immune from God’s fiery judgment. Let’s say you or I have a falling out with a brother or sister and to the best of our knowledge we’ve done all we can to resolve matters peacefully. After we’ve done our part we should not feel proud because of this or careless about what happens to those who’ve fallen. First of all we may have done our best only according to OUR KNOWLEDGE. What if we missed a step that God requires when it comes to reconciling with a brother or sister? (Matthew 18:15-17 Matthew 5:22-24). And even if we know we have followed the scriptures in this regard we should still examine ourselves carefully and prayerfully to BE SURE we did everything according to the word of God and not our emotions.
When someone falls and stops following the Lord this is a very sad thing. Some believe that if a person stops serving God they were never following Him in the first place. If that’s true in every case how could this passage written by the Holy Spirit be true?
2 Peter 2:20-22 NET “For if after they have escaped the filthy things of the world through the rich knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they again get entangled in them and succumb to them, their last state has become worse for them than their first. For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than, having known it, to turn back from the holy commandment that had been delivered to them. They are illustrations of this true proverb: “A dog returns to its own vomit,” and “A sow, after washing herself, wallows in the mire.”
Passages like this and others make it plain that some were following God who turned away from following Him. (Hebrews 10:38-39) The dog left it’s vomit but then returned to it. The sow was washed, cleansed by Jesus, but now is wallowing in the mud. You know what’s really scary about all of this? Any of us can do the same thing and think we are still serving God.😲 That’s what has happened to MANY who have separated themselves and cause divisions among true believers. Satan has tricked them into thinking they are right and between them and God things are ok.👌Oh the sad words so many will hear on Judgment Day! Let’s do our best to be sure we are not one of these:
Matthew 7:21-23 HCSB “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven. On that day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your name, drive out demons in Your name, and do many miracles in Your name?’ Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you! Depart from Me, you lawbreakers!’
May we never be deceived to believe we can serve God how we want to, by our emotions, and not according to scripture. I know we all get on each other’s nerves sometimes but this is not a reason to split up as a church or stop fellowshiping with one another. I’m reminded of Peter who once asked Jesus, ‘Lord how many times am I to forgive my brother when he sins against me, up to seven times?’ And Jesus answered him, ‘No, up to SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN.’ (Matthew 18:21-22)
May we individually and as a church put out God’s fiery judgement which is coming on all who claim to belong to him but refuse to love one another and be united in the Spirit. May we continue to examine ourselves carefully and prayerfully in this regard:
Colossians 3:13 NET “Bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if someone happens to have a complaint against anyone else. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also forgive others.
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