1:10-16 In the great things of religion be of one mind; and where there is not unity of sentiment, still let there be union of affection. Agreement in the greater things should extinguish divisions about the lesser. There will be perfect union in heaven, and the nearer we approach it on earth, the nearer we come to perfection. Paul and Apollos both were faithful ministers of Jesus Christ, and helpers of their faith and joy; but those disposed to be contentious, broke into parties. So liable are the best things to be corrupted, and the gospel and its institutions made engines of discord and contention. Satan has always endeavoured to stir up strife among Christians, as one of his chief devices against the gospel. The apostle left it to other ministers to baptize, while he preached the gospel, as a more useful work.
10. Now—Ye already have knowledge, utterance, and hope, maintain also love.
brethren—The very title is an argument for love.
by … Christ—whom Paul wishes to be all in all to the Corinthians, and therefore names Him so often in this chapter.
speak … same thing—not speaking different things as ye do (1Co 1:12), in a spirit of variance.
divisions—literally, "splits," "breaches."
perfectly joined together—the opposite word to "divisions." It is applied to healing a wound, or making whole a rent.
mind … judgment—the view taken by the understanding, and the practical decision arrived at [Conybeare and Howson], as to what is to be done. The mind, within, refers to things to be believed: the judgment is displayed outwardly in things to be done [Bengel]. Disposition—opinion [Alford].