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When we launch out into the characteristics at Corinth, we come almost immediately on this: personality complexes.
I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ (I Corinthians 1:12).
You tell me that we are not capable of that – making even a servant of God, a greatly used servant of God – making him the focal point, the pivot around whom we circle – his way of teaching that appeals to me, his interpretation, his personality.
Oh, do not talk about personalities; they may have been used to your help; you may owe a lot to the Lord because of them, but do not be constantly bringing them into view. Paul will argue back and say,
Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed (3:5).
Let the instrument recede into the background, and let Christ come to the fore; be occupied with Him. We must drop all that personality complex business which in the development only means division in the Body of Christ. We must restrain from this sort of thing, for this is moving along the wrong line.
Dear friends, the Church of Jesus Christ is not an “it.” It is not a system of teaching. It is not something ecclesiastical. It is not an institution. (Oh, I thank God for the day when He showed me this.)