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I beseech you, brethren, that you all say one thing.

First Corinthians Chapter 1

In Church Slavonic

10 I pray you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, yes, all of you shall speak, and may there not be divisions in you, so that you will be asserted in the same understanding and in the same thought.
11 Erect a battle for you, my brethren, (sent) from Chlois, supposedly zeal for you.
12 But to the verb of this, I say to you, to say: I am the mother of Pavlov, I am the Apollos, I am the Kyphen, I am the Christ.
13 The food is divided Christ, is the food of Paul broken up for you? or in the name of Pavlovo cross?
14 I thank God that I may not be baptized with you, like crisp and gaius,
15 But no one speaks, because in my name is the cross.
16 But the baptized and the stephanin 's house;
17 Not an ambassador to Christ, baptize Christ, but the preaching, not in the wisdom of the word, that the cross of Christ may not be exalted.
18 The word bo the crucifix to perishing godlessness is, and the power of God that is saved to us is.

In Russian

10 I pray you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you should speak one thing, and there should be no divisions between you, but that you should be united in one spirit and in one thought.
11 For it has become known to me from you (home) Chloins about you, my brethren, that there are disputes between you.
12 I understand what you say: "I am Pavlov"; "I am Apollos"; "I am Kifin"; "And I am of Christ."
13 Is Christ divided? did Paul crucify for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
14 I thank God that I have not baptized any of you, except Crisp and Gaius,
15 so that no one would say that I baptized in my name.
16 I also baptized the house of Stephan; and whether I baptized anyone else, I do not know.
17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not in wisdom of words, so as not to abolish the cross of Christ.
18 For the word of the cross for the perishing, foolishness (1) is, and for us who are being saved is the power of God.

(1) For the word of the cross for the perishing is foolishness.

The word translated synodally as “foolishness” is better translated as “nonsense.”

Answer the question

What does it mean to be baptized in the name of someone?

Comment U. Barkli

In Greek, this phrase denotes the closest connection. So, for example, to give money in the name of a person meant to pay on his current account. To sell a slave in the name of a man meant to give this slave to his absolute possession. The soldier of the Roman army swore allegiance in the name of Caesar: and he belonged entirely to the emperor. An expression in the name of someone implies absolute possession. In Christianity, this phrase carries with it even greater meaning: it means that a Christian is not only fully owned by Christ, but also in some special way identified with Him. Read the passage carefully two or three times.

Answer the questions

What does it mean to say one thing and not have divisions?
Why does Paul thank God for not baptizing anyone but Crisp and Gaius?
How can the wisdom of the word abolish the cross of Christ?
Why is the word about the cross for the lost foolishness (stupidity), and for us who are being saved is the power of God?
Do we have such situations in the modern church — when people are separated at the expense of a preacher’s preference?
How do you feel about a person whose sermons are close to you and have given you a lot? Who is perhaps your spiritual father?
How do you feel about other preachers?
How do you feel about people who are strongly influenced by another preacher?
How does the power of God manifest in your life?

Editor's Reflections

Like last Sunday, the apostle Paul calls us to unity. The words of Scripture must be applied to yourself. And I thought – and what does it mean to say the same thing in our days and to be united in one spirit and one thought? After all, we now have a situation in the Church no better than in Corinth in the first century. Someone loves and listens only to Kuraev, for someone the main authority is Osipov, for someone — Father Dmitry Smirnov, for someone — Father Daniel Sysoev. And often our teachers themselves accept each other, just as the apostles accepted each other, but their followers no longer, they do not accept each other. Recently they started talking about the fact that contemporary Russian Orthodoxy resembles a system of ashrams headed by charismatic gurus. But even without this, there are great differences between Orthodox believers on various issues. For example, on the question of the language of worship. To say one thing, someone, it turns out, must change his mind? And how do we determine what opinion needs to be changed? Discussions last indefinitely, and everyone stays with his opinion.

And then I thought that probably it was not at all to determine which opinion was more important and more correct. And to raise your gaze higher, to God, to Christ. Above our divisions. Because, as the Apostle Paul goes on to say, preachers are “only ministers" (Who is Paul? Who is Apollos? They are only ministers through whom you believed, and moreover, because the Lord gave everyone. I planted Apollos, but watered God; therefore the one who implants and the one who waters is nothing, but (all) God is the one who restores. (1 Cor. 3: 5-7)) The apostle Paul, whom I love very much, and the metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh, thanks to whom I came to Orthodoxy, are only servants of God, with whom I should be grateful for their work, which gave me a lot, but nurtures me The God. And therefore I must look at Him first of all, to seek His will. Every preacher is like a man with a lantern. This lamp can give light to ten people, fifteen, even tens of thousands. Another lantern can light the way for another hundred thousand. But no lantern can illuminate the path for all people on earth; only the Sun of Truth, Christ, can do this. And therefore, we must look first and foremost on Him and His will to seek, and then we will be able to “speak one thing.” In addition, when you look first at Christ and try to know Him, you begin to see the world differently and you realize that some things are not so important. Not so important, what political system in Russia, for example. It is important how many people in it love Christ and try to follow Him. Do those who rule us do this? All the rest does not matter. Yes, and even that does not matter – as this or that person does. The most important thing is to act as He commanded, because we are responsible before God only for our actions, thoughts and feelings.

However, looking at myself, I understand that there is another problem. Do not talk about yourself – "I am Pavlov," but talk about the other – "he is Apollos." Hence such words as "Kochetkovtsy", "Sysoevtsy", "Menevtsy". I think this problem is solved in the same way as the previous one. We need to look at Christ above and understand that, first of all, these people are not “Kochetkovtsy” or “Sysoevtsy”, as well as I, Christians, Christ died for all of us, and we all try to follow Him. and be obedient to him. And try first to see the common – faith in Christ, and not what separates us. Stop even mentally calling people "Kochetkovtsy" or "Sysoevtsy". And in your heart, do not separate yourself from the brothers and sisters whom God also grows. If everyone does this, we will be able to “speak one thing” and be united in one spirit and in one thoughts.

I found this answer to the question of how we can “say one thing”. And what do you think? You can share your thoughts and answer questions in the comments.

Read the interpretation

Blessed Theodorite of Kir

I beseech you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you should say one thing, and there should be no separation between you. He added to the name of the Lord perfectly to his petition, for it was something they were rejecting; on this name they should have been named, and they borrowed nicknames from primates.

but so that you are united in the same spirit and in the same thoughts. Not for the difference of dogmas reproaches them, but for arguing and rivalry about primates: the meaning of the sermon, says the Apostle, is alone (this also expresses with the words: in the same sense), but the disposition is no longer one (this also means with the words: in the same thought). Therefore, he implores them, one containing in thought and equally understanding, not to make contention and not to quarrel in vain about the superior.

(11) For from Chloinyh, perhaps, any house was called; But the apostle did not name by the names of those who informed him, so as not to produce hostility between them.

it has become known to me about you, my brethren, that there are disputes between you, showing what kind of competitions there were.

(12) I understand what you say: "I am Pavlov"; "I am Apollos"; "I am Kifin"; "And I am of Christ." The Corinthians called themselves by the names of other teachers, but Paul put out his and Apollos's name; He also attached the name of the first Apostle, teaching that it is unfair to make such an use even of these names; we shall understand this more clearly from the following. But he very wisely acted, with other names having counted the name of Christ, showing the inconsistency of the deed, namely, that the Corinthians supplied the Lord and the slaves in one row.

(13) Is Christ divided? Some are not as a question, but as a positive speech, they read it, arguing that the Church is called Christ here, and interpreting this as follows: you did it badly, dividing the body of Christ. But I think this is said interrogatively; This shows and added.

did Paul crucify for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? And this means: can Christ have domination and power sharing with Him, and therefore you share, and some are called by His name, and others by the names of one or the other? Is not One for all of you died to death? Did you not accept the grace of baptism in his name? Do calling human names give you the remission of sins?

14 I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crisp and Gaius, 15 so that no one would say that I baptized in my name. 16 I also baptized the house of Stephan; and whether I baptized anyone else, I don’t know. The apostle strengthens the accusation with every added word, but it doesn’t hit the strongly accused, exposing his own face instead of the Corinthian teachers. Gives the same meaning that they called themselves by the names of not only teachers, but also those who baptized. Represents the reason why not baptized many.

(17) For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel. Although he commanded both, for he said: Teach all the languages ​​to baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28, 19), but it is more honorable to preach than to baptize, because it is convenient to baptize everyone who has been granted priesthood, to preach is the work of the few who have received a gift from God. After this, the Apostle humbles already the arrogance of great eloquence and says:

Not in the wisdom of the word, so as not to abolish the cross of Christ. If I used sweet words and the power of the word, then the power of the Crucified One would not be visible. Anyone would have assumed that those who believed were captured and reduced to speak. But the ignorance of those who preach, preaching against those who are proud of their eloquence, clearly proves the power of the cross.

18 For the word of the cross for the perishing is foolishness, but for us who are being saved is the power of God. 19 For it is written: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will refuse the rational mind. (Is. 29, 14). By the word godfather, the Apostle means the word about the Cross; He calls the unbelievers perishing, and the saved are the believers, giving the name by the end that has been reached. I enclosed the testimony of Scripture, teaching this that since ancient times God has foreshadowed it. Then he shows the falsehood of foreboding.

More interpretations

Blessed Theophylact of Bulgaria
St. Theophan the Recluse

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What have you learned / understood from the interpretations?
What did this teach you?

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Pray

Through the union of love, your apostles, having bound Christ, and us, Your faithful slaves, firmly bound to us, create the commandments of Yours and each other with love, impersonately, create, through the prayers of the Virgin, the One of Humanity.

Questions, interpretations and reflections prepared

Tatyana Zaitseva

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