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Dave Burnette's Commentary

1 Corinthians Chapter 4 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Paul
Date Penned: (55 AD)
Overview: Paul Addresses Church Problems (c 1-6)
Theme: Divisions in the Church (c 1-4)
Message: Paul Counsels his Beloved Children (v 1-21)

1 Corinthians 4 Commentary

(4:1-21) Paul and the Corinthians - The discussion in chapter 3 regarding the status of ministers of the gospel led Paul to further explain how believers should regard their ministers. The leaders (himself, Apollos, Peter, or others) were never to be the focus of anyone’s loyalty. They do not have supernatural powers, nor do they advance their own doctrines. Their authority is given and limited by the Master—Jesus Christ.



Dave Burnette's Life Application

Be Faithful

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue the book of 1st Corinthians with Chapter 4 and in our text we see Paul counsels his beloved children instructing them to be servants of God and to be faithful. In making application we see that as saved individules indwelt with the spirit of God we are to serve and be faithful unto the Lord through the instruction of His Word guided by His Spirit. Today we are to serve, work, and share the Gospel until our Lord returns again. How about you? Are you faithful to the Lord? Let us learn from our text today and the instructions to the Corinthian Church and the Church today that as stewards we are called to be faithful.


1 Corinthians 4

1 Corinthians 4

 1Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.

 2Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

 3But 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.

 4For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.

 5Therefore 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.

 6And 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.

 7For 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?

 8Now 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.

 9For 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.

 10We 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.

 11Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace;

 12And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:

 13Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.

 14I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.

 15For 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.

 16Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.

 17For 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.

 18Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you.

 19But 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.

 20For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

 21What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?