a separation, an alienation causing divisions among Christians, who ought to be united ( 1 Corinthians 12:25 ).
Only in 1 Corinthians 12:25. The same Greek word, literally, "a split," is translated "rent" in Matthew 9:16; Mark 2:21; and "division" in John 7:43; 9:16; 10:19. It designates "a separation," not from, but within, the church, interfering with the harmonious coordination and cooperation of the members described in the preceding verses (1 Corinthians 12:18). The ecclesiastical meaning is that of a break from a church organization, that may or may not be connected with a doctrinal dissent.
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