Ever read a verse and thought, “Wow! I just read and studied a whole passage for absolutely no reason!”
At first glimpse, this is what verse 16 seems to do in 1 Corinthians 11. So the final question that we will be tackling in this series is, What does verse 16 mean?
But if one is inclined to be contentious, we have no other practice, nor have the churches of God.
– 1 Corinthians 11:16 NASB
You read this and it feels like Paul is saying, “Look, please don’t argue about it. It doesn’t really matter.”
Read it again, and again.
Here’s how I understand it.
If anyone is going to argue against this, bear in mind that this is the only practice that we hold on to. The same goes for every other congregation in the Church of God. There is no other practice we expect you to follow, except this one.
– 1 Corinthians 11:16 Richard’s Paraphrase
Basically, Paul isn’t destroying the previous 15 verses; on the contrary, he is underlining it! He is saying, we don’t expect any other practice in this form, not in the Corinthian congregation or any other congregation, except this one.
The next post will tie all of this together in a conclusion.