In denominations there are 'High' and 'Low', Liberals and Evangelicals. In congregations there are lovers of tradition and lovers of the new, there are leaders and followers, and often leaders and their followers form cliques. It may seem that Paul has wandered off into a digression in this passage. He begins with the problem of faction, but then turns to his favourite subject - the cross of Christ. But of course the problem of personality cults leads the apostle to propose a solution and that solution is the cross. He sees the real issue here as one of pride I am of…. Paul invites the Corinthians to jettison their pride and instead rejoice in their lowly status. Because they have little standing in this world, they are able to access the greatest wisdom and power of all - the foolishness and weakness of the cross.
'Nothing in my hand I bring - simply to thy cross I cling'.
'Forbid it Lord that I should boast save in the death of Christ my God.'