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1 Corinthians Chapter 4:1-5

This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.

1 Corinthians 4:1-5
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Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
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Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.
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But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by a human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself.
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For I know nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; but He who judges me is the Lord.
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Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one's praise will come from God.
  1. How is Paul to be considered?
    1 Corinthians 4:1
    Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
  2. How must a steward be found?
    1 Corinthians 4:2
    Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.
  3. What was their judgment to Paul?
    1 Corinthians 4:3
    But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by a human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself.
  4. Who was the judge of Paul?
    1 Corinthians 4:4
    For I know nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; but He who judges me is the Lord.
  5. What will God bring to light?
    1 Corinthians 4:5
    Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one's praise will come from God.

1 Corinthians Chapter 4:6-7

I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, brothers, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another.

1 Corinthians 4:6-7
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Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other.
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For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?
  1. Why were these things written?
    1 Corinthians 4:6
    Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other.
  2. Who makes us differ from one another?
    1 Corinthians 4:7
    For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?

1 Corinthians Chapter 4:8-13

For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men.

1 Corinthians 4:8-13
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You are already full! You are already rich! You have reigned as kings without us; and indeed I could wish you did reign, that we also might reign with you!
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For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.
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We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored!
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To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless.
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And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure;
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being defamed, we entreat. We have been made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things until now.
  1. How had they lived compared to Paul?
    1 Corinthians 4:8
    You are already full! You are already rich! You have reigned as kings without us; and indeed I could wish you did reign, that we also might reign with you!
  2. How had God displayed the Apostles?
    1 Corinthians 4:9
    For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.
  3. How were they distinguished compared to the Apostles?
    1 Corinthians 4:10-11
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    We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored!
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    To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless.
  4. What hardships had Paul suffered?
    1 Corinthians 4:12-13
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    And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure;
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    being defamed, we entreat. We have been made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things until now.

1 Corinthians Chapter 4:14-21

For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

1 Corinthians 4:14-21
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I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you.
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For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
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Therefore I urge you, imitate me.
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For this reason I have sent Timothy to you, who is my beloved and faithful son in the Lord, who will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church.
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Now some are puffed up, as though I were not coming to you.
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But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord wills, and I will know, not the word of those who are puffed up, but the power.
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For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.
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What do you want? Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of gentleness?
  1. Why did Paul write these things?
    1 Corinthians 4:14
    I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you.
  2. How many had they been begotten (brought to life in Christ)?
    1 Corinthians 4:15
    For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
  3. What did Paul urge them to do?
    1 Corinthians 4:16
    Therefore I urge you, imitate me.
  4. Why did Paul send Timothy to them?
    1 Corinthians 4:17
    For this reason I have sent Timothy to you, who is my beloved and faithful son in the Lord, who will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church.
  5. How would Paul come to them?
    1 Corinthians 4:18-20
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    Now some are puffed up, as though I were not coming to you.
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    But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord wills, and I will know, not the word of those who are puffed up, but the power.
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    For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.
  6. How could Paul come to them?
    1 Corinthians 4:21
    What do you want? Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of gentleness?