1 Cor 1:9 God is faithful, through whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Col 3:11 Where [in the new man, the Body of Christ] there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all and in all.
Let me summarise the great mission of the economy of God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Having a proper understanding and knowledge of the above guides one's respect and the fear of God.
Even the Lord Jesus Christ the foundation of God's building didn't own it but served the purpose and interest of God our Father.
In Christ, God became man through whom all the redeemed ones can become God in life and nature for the church to be producing and the functioning of the Body of God as God's life and nature.
God's economy with His deep thought in Roman is that God became a man so that, in God's economy complete salvation is achieved, with sinners under the righteous judgment of God may be redeemed, regenerated, sanctified, renewed, transformed, conformed, and glorified to become the sons of God by God and NOT men. Christ is the Author and Finisher of our Faith.
As stated earlier in my sharing of nature and life and not equal to the Godhead; which many have defaulted through their ministries and lifestyle. Paul was a good example of suchlike personality (Christlike man).
I believe that as Paul was writing this Epistle to the Corinthian believers, he was saying, "Dear brothers and sisters, you need to realise that neither Paul, Cephas, Apollos, nor any other person is the unique centre among the believers. This centre is not even a narrow Christ, the Christ of your preference. The Christ who is the unique centre of all believers is the One who is both theirs and ours." If we see this, we shall not care for persons, localities, or nationalities.
Instead, we shall care for Christ as the unique centre Finisher of all the believers has to be. We all have been called into Him, called into the fellowship, the enjoyment, the participation, in Him. Not just a selected few to be champions.
We have been called into a mutuality in which we are one with Him. Only this can swallow up divisions and eliminate all the differences and preferences among the saints.
Consider the situation among Christians today: there is preference after preference. Some prefer to be Presbyterians, whereas others prefer to be Baptists, Methodists, Lutherans, or Pentecostals. Some say, "I like this," and others say, "I like that."
Hmm some even declare, "I like this pastor," and others say, "I like that minister." "I like...I like," is commonly uttered by believers today.
You may like a certain thing, but God may not like it. God is only pleased with Christ. God has one centre --Jesus Christ--and He has called you not into the denomination of your choice, but into the fellowship of His Son.
Don't just take my word but the Bible or the Word of God His power and Author.
No individual or group must be our preference. Our only preference, our one choice, must be Christ as the unique centre, the Christ who is theirs and ours, the Christ into whose mutuality we have been called by God. Oh, we all must see that God has called us into the fellowship of such a Christ!