1 Corinthians 11:19

19 No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God’s approval.

1 Corinthians 11:19 in Other Translations

KJV
19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.
ESV
19 for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized.
NLT
19 But, of course, there must be divisions among you so that you who have God’s approval will be recognized!
MSG
19 The best that can be said for it is that the testing process will bring truth into the open and confirm it.
CSB
19 There must, indeed, be factions among you, so that the approved among you may be recognized.

1 Corinthians 11:19 Meaning and Commentary

1 Corinthians 11:19

For there must be also heresies among you
&c.] This is a reason why he was ready to believe there might be something of truth in the report he had received of the divisions among them; for if there were heresies, false doctrines, and bad principles, among them, such as were subversive of the fundamentals of Christianity, as the denial of the resurrection of the dead it was no wonder that there were schisms and factions among them, since heresies generally issue in them. These, the apostle says, "must be"; because God has decreed they shall, whose counsel is immutable, and his purpose unalterable; and since this always was the case, that there were false prophets under the former dispensation, it must be expected that false teachers will arise in the churches now, bringing in damnable heresies; and since Satan is always busy to sow the tares of false doctrine; and human nature, being both weak and wicked, is so susceptible thereof, and so easily imposed upon and deceived, it cannot be thought that it should be otherwise; which, by the goodness and wisdom of God, are overruled to a very good purpose:

that they which are approved:
who sincerely believe in Christ, are sound in the faith, and have a well grounded experience of it; who have themselves tried things that differ, and approve of them that are excellent, and have been tried by others, and found to be sincere, upright, and faithful, and are approved of God and good men:

may be made manifest among you;
by their steadfastness in the faith, their zealous attachment to it, earnest contention for it, and warm and honest vindication of it; and by the departure of those from them who oppose it, and go on the side of error and heresy; by which means it is known who are the sincere followers of the Lamb, in doctrine, discipline, and conversation, and who not.

1 Corinthians 11:19 In-Context

17 In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good.
18 In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it.
19 No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God’s approval.
20 So then, when you come together, it is not the Lord’s Supper you eat,
21 for when you are eating, some of you go ahead with your own private suppers. As a result, one person remains hungry and another gets drunk.

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