1 Corinthians 4
In what account the ministers ought to be had.
1 Corinthians 4:1 Let a man so account of vs, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreouer, it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithfull. 1 Corinthians 4:3 But with mee it is a very small thing that I should bee iudged of you, or of mans iudgement: yea, I iudge not mine owne selfe. 1 Corinthians 4:4 For I know nothing by my selfe, yet am I not hereby iustified: but hee that iudgeth me is the Lord. 1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore iudge nothing before the time, vntill the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkenesse, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall euery man haue prayse of God. 1 Corinthians 4:6 And these things, brethren, I haue in a figure transferred to my selfe, and to Apollo, for your sakes: that ye might learne in vs not to thinke [of men], aboue that which is written, that no one of you bee puffed vp for one against another.
We have nothing which we have not received.
1 Corinthians 4:7 For who maketh thee to differ [from another]? And what hast thou that thou didst not receiue? Now if thou didst receiue it, why doest thou glory as if thou hadst not receiued it? 1 Corinthians 4:8 Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye haue reigned as kings without vs, and I would to God ye did reigne, that we also might reigne with you.
The Apostles spectacles to the world, angels, and men,
1 Corinthians 4:9 For I thinke that God hath set forth vs the Apostles last, as it were approued to death. For wee are made a spectacle vnto the world, and to Angels, and to men. 1 Corinthians 4:10 We [are] fooles for Christs sake, but ye [are] wise in Christ. We [are] weake, but ye [are] strong: yee are honourable, but we are despised. 1 Corinthians 4:11 Euen vnto this present houre we both hunger and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and haue no certaine dwelling place, 1 Corinthians 4:12 And labour, working with our owne hands: being reuiled, wee blesse: being persecuted, we suffer it:
the filth and offscouring of the world:
1 Corinthians 4:13 Being defamed, we intreate: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the off-scouring of all things vnto this day. 1 Corinthians 4:14 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloued sonnes I warne you.
yet our fathers in Christ,
1 Corinthians 4:15 For though you haue ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet [haue yee] not many fathers: For in Christ Iesus I haue begotten you through the Gospel.
whom we ought to follow.
1 Corinthians 4:16 Wherefore I beseech you, be yee followers of me. 1 Corinthians 4:17 For this cause haue I sent vnto you Timotheus, who is my beloued sonne, and faithfull in the Lord, who shal bring you into remembrance of my wayes which be in Christ, as I teach euery where in euery Church. 1 Corinthians 4:18 Nowe some are puffed vp as though I would not come to you. 1 Corinthians 4:19 But I wil come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will knowe, not the speach of them which are puffed vp, but the power. 1 Corinthians 4:20 For the kingdome of God is not in word, but in power. 1 Corinthians 4:21 What will ye? Shall I come vnto you with a rod, or in loue, and in the spirit of meekenesse?