1 Corinthians 4:14-21

Scriptures

1 Corinthians 4:14-21

Observations

  • Many people have helped the Corinthians grow in Jesus
  • But only Paul was used to bring the Good News to them
  • So Paul wants them to imitate him in his devotion to Christ
  • Paul sent Timothy to help them grow in Christ
  • Some in the church were arrogant talking as if Paul didn’t have authority from Christ to correct them
  • Paul does have that authority and will come in the power of Christ to prove it
  • The real fruit of the kingdom is not in nice, passionate words but in the power of God that transforms lives
  • They need to choose whether to obey now and Paul will come in peace, or continue to argue and Paul will come and correct them

Application

Paul has some harsh words for some of the Corinthians. He reminds them that he does have spiritual authority in their lives. I think this passage is often neglected in our modern churches. We are quick to resist spiritual authority and claim that our lives are ours to live the way we want. “My faith is personal” is often the excuse we holler, and yet Paul does not see it that way nor does Christ who gave Paul the task to build the early church in the first place. I need to remember to respect the elders at our church and follow their guidance as if it were coming from Christ himself. The scriptures is filled with examples of God’s people who follow their spiritual leaders (good and bad) because God has commanded them too. I need to do the same.

Prayer

Father, thank you for your grace. Help me balance the fact that I ultimately stand before you in judgement, but that You have required that I respect the spiritual authority over me. Help me discern those areas of my life that are more about my pride than whether or not I should follow or respect someone put in authority over me. AMEN

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