1. To the church of God, the saints (1:1-9). Most understand the Corinthian church to be one plagued with one trouble after another, and this is true. Note, however, how Paul addresses them: to those who are sanctified in Christ, called to be saints. We can lose sight of this on occasion. It may be that a sister congregation looks terribly out of place with the Lord’s will, and perhaps they are, but be slow to cast them off. As a matter of fact, let the Lord remove their candlestick (lamp), and let us do what we can to turn them from the error of their ways before He does.
2. Partisans (1:10-17). This is a very familiar passage that we use to speak against denominational doctrines, but do not fail to note that Paul is speaking to the body of Christ having this problem. In the Lord’s church, as well as out of it, people struggle with partisanship. I am a democrat, you are a republican. I will never vote for a democrat, and only republicans will go to heaven! What kind of spirit of Christ is that?! To borrow the phrase of another, “My brethren, these things ought not so to be.” Our loyalty is to the Lord, not to any man, and not to any preacher (1 Peter 4:11; 1 John 4:1, 6).
3. Compare (1:18-25). To see things clearly, all we have to do is to make a comparison. As the world looks at it, what is most precious? That which many hold to be precious is their education, and the “lofty wisdom” accumulated over the years. Secular education and accumulated wisdom is useful, but is it so in comparison with God’s? Note what man’s wisdom had achieved for us. Much good has come, but so has war, political infighting, disease, marital disruption. Yes, make a comparison.
4. Consider (1:26-31). Reflecting thoughtfully, consider history and how God has used man to bring about His purpose; consider all the righteous people who have gone on before, and consider those who are currently living a godly life now. Because of who the Lord is, man’s glory in his activities and thinking will be short-lived. Those who boast in the Lord have a long life in front of them.