A study on 1 Corinthians chapter 4:1-13
Verses 1-2, “This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. 2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”
- We are stewards of the mysteries of God. We must live to be a faithful steward of God. We can do this by: Reading His word (the Bible), studying it, trying to apply it, witnessing, and making prayer a priority.
Verses 3-5, “3 I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. 4 My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. 5 Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.”
- We are judged by the Lord. God will one day reveal the hidden parts of our hearts. He will bring justice in due time. That can be a very comforting thing as a Christian, or a very scary thing as an unbeliever. Be ready!
- You have been made alive in Christ. Do not stay in the tomb, go live your life!
Verse 10, “10 We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored!”
- We are all fools for Christ. Lately with college, I have looked like a fool for what I believe. Instead of being discouraged by this, I need to choose to be encouraged. The APOSTLES felt the same way.
Verses 11-13, “11 To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. 12 We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; 13 when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage of the world—right up to this moment.”
- Paul is warning us to not be puffed up or prideful. The world may revile, persecute, defame you, but we should labor with a good attitude, bless, endure, and entreat.
In conclusion, I think we can all walk away this encouraged that the apostles all struggled with the same things, and guess what! God was faithful!
Have a beautiful day! Emma Grace ❤