"Brothers and sisters, I have used Apollos and myself as examples so you could learn through us the meaning of the saying, “Follow only what is written in the Scriptures.” Then you will not be more proud of one person than another. "
The Everyday Bible : New Century Version. 2005 (1 Co 4:6-7). Nashville, TN.: Thomas Nelson, Inc.
The partisan spirit of the Corinthians caused them to see some apostles and teachers as better than others. They were employing '... the wisdom of this world' (1 Cor 3:19). They viewed themselves as 'super spiritual' because they had knowledge (gnosis) as evidenced by their enthusiastic use of the spiritual gifts (1 Cor 12). This knowledge was not from Scripture but the Greek and Roman world. Wisdom which is not sourced in Scripture is futile and only results in division among believers. Wisdom applied from Scripture brings unity and peace because it is true knowledge, not merely intellectual but both intellectual and practical. Once the royal law - love for God and neighbour is centralised (1 Cor 13), all else falls into place - knowledge, spiritual gifts, governance among believers etc. Knowledge subsumed under Scripture can then be a powerful tool for the Kingdom of God.