Changing Labels on Empty Bottles

“And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.” 1 Cor. 3:23

Usually it is overlooked that among the parties in the divided church at Corinth there was not only a Paul clique and an Apollos clique and a Cephas clique but even a Christ clique.

“Jesus Only” is a good motto but often it is the slogan of selfish Christians who don’t like any kind of preaching and are like the spoiled children in the marketplace. Some poor sectarians are like safety matches that strike only on their own box! Trying to be original or nothing, they end up being both!

One thinks of the dear soul who had changed denominations four times and upon considering a fifth move was reminded by the sagacious old pastor: “Well, it does no harm to change labels on an empty bottle!”

Why not love and enjoy Paul, Apollos and Cephas, and all under Christ? After all, we do not belong to any of them, they belong to us: “For all things are yours; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas…” (1 Cor. 3:21-22). Paul only plants and Apollos but waters; God gives the increase.

Don’t dare to use the name of Christ to hide a dog-in-the-manger spirit that can’t get along with any preacher. Remember that Paul and Cephas and Apollos are also of Christ.

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