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able words on Acts 15 which encourages   Lordship of Christ. In the first nine verses,
        unanimity in assemblies. “When closely   he uses “The Lord Jesus Christ” or “Jesus
        studied, the story not only gives the deci-  Christ our Lord” no less than five times. “I
        sion on the question actually discussed,   beseech you brethren, by the Name of our
        but also the principles by which the judg-  Lord Jesus Christ”(v10, KJV).
        ments of believers were influenced, and    First Corinthians is preeminently the
        further, that which directly bears on our   epistle of His Lordship. Christ is referred
        subject, the order of discussion. While this   to as Lord 68 times, more than in any two
        gathering was unique in composition and   epistles put together afterwards. Paul
        character, its methods of business abide as   knew that they were carnal, but expected
        our divinely given example, so that with   them to be of one mind, because they
        the approval of the whole church, it could   weren’t a social club, but a temple of God.
        be written to the brethren at Antioch, ‘It   “Know ye not that ye are the temple of
        seemed good unto us, having come to one   God and that the Spirit of God dwelleth
        accord’ (v25, KJV). And it is of the most   in you?” (3:16, KJV). Paul knew that they
        momentous importance that we should   could come to one mind by the Spirit of
        notice that the church thus, ‘being of one   God working in them.
        accord’… they are then able calmly and
        confidently to claim the authority of the   2 Corinthians 2:6: “Sufficient to such a
        Lord Himself for their decision and say,   one is this punishment which was inflicted
        ‘it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to   by the many”(RV). Some have thought
        us’ (v28, KJV).”                     that the “many” means “the majority.”
          Romans: “Now the God of patience and   G. H. Lang writes, “Paul’s own statement
        consolation grant you to be likeminded   is against it being only a majority: ‘the
        one toward another according to Christ   spirit of Titus has been refreshed by you
        Jesus: that ye may with one mind and one   all’ (2Cor 7:13, KJV) and ‘he remembereth
        mouth glorify God, even the Father of our   the obedience of you all’ (2Cor 7:15, KJV),
        Lord Jesus Christ” (15:5-6, KJV). The Greek   therefore ‘the many’ (RV) of 2:6 will mean
        word translated “one mind” is the same   all the church, contrasted with the one
        word translated 11 times in Acts, “of one   member put under discipline of them all.”
        accord.” It is only found once outside of   C. F. Hogg wrote: “The suggestion re-
        Acts, here in Romans, where we note Paul   cently made that majority action is assem-
        expected the believers of the assembly at   bly action gives me much concern. It seems
        Rome to be of one mind publicly, even   to reduce the Church of God to the level
        though they had individual differences as   of a club or other association controlled
        to matters of conscience.            in a purely human way. Whereas I had
          1 Corinthians: Paul uses a threefold   thought of it as a superhuman institution,
        appeal. First, Paul is not commanding   controlled by the Lord and guided by His
        them, even though he was an apostle, and   Spirit. I had thought of the discipline in pa-
        even though he saw the large Corinthian   tience while the brethren waited for unity
        assembly planted. He is beseeching them.   of judgment as a prime means to holiness.”
        Second, he uses the word “brethren”(1:10,   On another occasion, C. F. Hogg summed
        KJV). That should help them to be of one   up the situation in his pithy way: “Majority
        mind, but his most important appeal is the   rule is bad: minority rule is worse.”

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