1 Corinthians 1:10 (AV)
10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
The word beseech (KJV) is a good one. Paul is not pleading (NJKV), or even appealing (ESV) to the brethren. Rather, he is summoning them or calling on them to do something. To plead or appeal conveys a sense of begging. Paul is by no means begging. Whatever it is Paul is beseeching them to do, he means it in a way that he is certain they will do it.
Brethren. The Greek word used here for Brethren (KJV, NKJV, NASB95) is the word ἀδελφός adelphos. The word “delphos” means “of the womb” and the word “a” is a connective particle. The word is literally “of the womb.” The word adelphós means brother. If it were “sister” the word would be “adelphē.” Paul may mean brothers and sisters as is translated in the NIV, NCV, and NLT, but the word he wrote was “brothers.” The problem with many modern translations is that they add their own interpretation rather than letting the reader interpret the passage. The worst “translation” is The Message which uses “my friends.” I personally think Paul was including all in the church (which is why I like the word Brethren; it sort of seems to encompass the congregation as a whole). But he didn’t write “brothers and sisters.” Let’s read the Bible the way it was written.
By the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Paul is beseeching them to all speak the same thing. Apparently, there are divisions in the church. We don’t know what the divisions are, but Paul makes it clear that he knows something is going on that is not healthy.
Notice how Paul immediately teaches the believers the Godly way to act. There are three ways:
- Perfectly joined together. We use the phrase today, “Let’s all get on the same page.” or, “Let’s make sure everyone is in the loop.”
- Same mind. He is not desiring a church with a bunch of “yes men” rather he desires everyone to think things through and keep their minds in tune to spiritual truth.
- Same judgment. In other words make it their resolve to hear the facts of whatever the issue is and use knowledge, the mind, and reason to come together in unity.
A church cannot be made up of individuals who believe whatever they want to believe. There must be a correct interpretation of scripture in order for there to be unity. How can we ever discover a correct interpretation so we can all be on the same page? It comes from studying the word of God and “rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)