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1 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. 3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. 4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. 5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God. 6 And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another. 7 For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it? 8 Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye have reigned as kings without us: and I would to God ye did reign, that we also might reign with you. 9 For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men. 10 We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised. 11 Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace; 12 And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: 13 Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day. 14 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you. 15 For though ye have ten thousand instructers in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. 16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me. 17 For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church. 18 Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you. 19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power. 20 For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power. 21 What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?

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1 Sarah R = "Paul is stating here that he and the other church leaders are but servants or stewards of Christ - not to be honored or praised themselves. In Acts 14 when the people wanted to worship Paul and Barnabas they said, "We are also men of the same nature as you, and preach the gospel to you that you should turn from these vain things to a living God...""
2 Cary W = "Most of our judgments are based on mans ideas, fads, beliefs and cultural preferences, but God sees into the very heart of every soul, and knows of every pure and innocent intent.  His eyes roam the very Earth searching for such.  We are now in Christ, with that same passion to find faith, purity and inspiration in each one we encounter."
3 Deena E = "Judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come...We have the natural tendency to thoughtlessly judge. Unless we discipline our thoughts, idle words are bound to flow from our mouths. As Paul warns the Corinthians, I am gently reminded to check my own thinking."
4 Sarah R = "Paul is using sarcasm here to challenge the Corinthians regarding their feeling of superiority in the faith and to take an honest look at themselves."
5 Sarah R = ""Paul is acting as a father in criticising the Corinthian Christians so that they can imitate him insofar as he walks with Christ, as a child imitates its father. He, through grace, is responsible for their coming to new life in Christ through the gospel he has shared, and takes a fatherly interest in them. So he sends another spiritual son, Timothy, to remind them and help them regarding how they should walk with their father’s Lord. But he warns those puffed up in pride that he will come again with a father’s rod of chastisement, though he would prefer to come in loving gentleness to obedient children."- The Bible Panorama, 1 Corinthians 4"
6 Sarah R = "This is Timothy, who Paul calls his "true son in the faith" (1 Timothy 1:2). From the New Testament we learn that Timothy was a young man whom Paul mentored and taught while they traveled together. Later Timothy became a leader in the early church."
7 Cary W = "Now that we have been brought near to the Father in Christ, we also have His fatherly heart to administer guidance, spiritual counsel, and when needed, loving discipline."
8 Cary W = "This is a humbling message, for though the Corinthian church was prospering, gaining favor and having luxury, food, homes and security, Paul was enduring the trials of his life fathering and pasturing the young churches abroad.Yet they forget the humble foundation of the gospel as seen in Christ and all his persecuted and murdered apostles.  They chose to rise up, challenging one another in pride and even making the reputation of men a competition."