Thursday, January 6, 2011

So you think you are something?

In Chapter 3 Paul made it clear that there shall be no division, but those that are born-again are one in Christ. We are the church, the church is not a denomination or building! Paul also said something SO COOL in verse 9 of chapter 3; "we are God's fellow workers"........HOW AWESOME IS THAT! He doesn't need us, but He still blesses us with work to do and He considers us "fellow workers"! Some of us plant seed, some of us water, but it is God who gives the increase; so as such, do not think of yourself something, when you are nothing. And that is the first point Paul makes in Chapter 4; that he, Paul, is a servant of Christ.
1Co 4:1 Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
Paul considers himself NOTHING more than a bond servant to Jesus Christ:
Philippians 1:1 Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ,
Titus 1:1 Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ,

BOND'SERVANT, n. [bond and servant.] A slave; one who is subjected to the authority of another, or whose person and liberty are restrained.
Paul warns against being "puffed up" with yourself. Remember he is talking on the heals of people saying, "I'm with Paul"...."I'm with Appollos"; etc. We tend to get that way as people, thinking we have it all figured out and "they" are not as "in tune" with things. Paul makes it clear in verse 7; "you have NOTHING that wasn't given to you, so don't think you are all that":

1Corinthians 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?

Then Paul makes the coolest point; he seems to be saying. "just so we apostles don't think of ourselves more highly than we ought, God made it clear that we are condemned to death and will be made a spectacle to the whole world":

1Corinthians 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.

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