Wise as Serpents & Harmless as Doves
The Apostle Paul was a Worthy Disciple who exemplified a Christian balance of both a serpent's wisdom and a dove's harmlessness. He was the balance of bold and base, wise cunning and simple innocence. What made him a Worthy Disciple was Christ in him. When Paul saw unhealthy, unholy division in the Christian church at Corinth, he had to tread carefully on how to address issues within the Corinthian church. He had to possess the wisdom to discern the causes of division, but he also had to have the innocent motive to heal, not hurt (unite, not destroy).