First Corinthians 1:10


Paul ends the section of thanksgiving to God.


Paul begins the body of the letter

Introduces the first problem.

Reveals the source of his information

Begins to shift from the problem (divisions over leaders) to establishing a doctrinal foundation upon which to deal with the problem and correct their thinking and actions



appeal” is parakalew means to entreat, to encourage, and is used as a polite command.

brothers” combined with “in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” places them in a fellowship with Paul but in an official capacity.

in the name of” will become an issue in a few verses concerning baptism


“That” is followed by three verbs:

a)      agree with one another

b)      may be no divisions

c)      may be perfectly united


Literal Greek says:

in order that the same thing you say all,

and not be among you divisions,

but you may be having been joined together

in the same mind and in the same opinion.”


What Paul is not talking about is variations, diversity or a need for uniformity.

1 Corinthians 12 and Galatians 2:1-10


What Paul is talking about is divisions which is the Greek word sciVma from sciVmata “skisma” and means “split, division and is a picture of destruction of unity through force and was used to refer tearing a garment or a political factions struggling for power.”


perfectly united” or “knit together is used in Mark 1:19 for mending and restoring nets.


“Mind” refers to the general principles

“Thought” or “opinion, judgment) refers to the special application of the general principles.