1 Corinthians 4 Outline
– Don’t judge because only God is judge (1 Corinthians 4:1-5)
– Don’t make judgment beyond God’s words in the bible (1 Corinthians 4:6-7)
– Don’t judge based on worldly standards (1 Corinthians 4:8-13)
– Paul urged the Corinthians to imitate him (1 Corinthians 4:14-17)
– Paul wants to visit the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 4:18-21)
1 Corinthians 4 Bible Study
In 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Paul told the Corinthians that he did not care how they look down on him because he don’t care how people judge him. No one can judge because only God is the judge. Jesus Christ will judge everyone according to their deeds on the judgment day. Jesus will judge us according to the intention of the person and not the things the person do. On the judgment day, each person will receive their reward for their deeds on earth. The faithful will receive praises from God but the unfaithful will be punished in hell.
In 1 Corinthians 4:6-7, Paul advised the Corinthians not to make judgment beyond the word of God in the bible. Many Christians like to judge their pastors based on worldly standards such as appearance, wealth, skills and etc. A real preacher will act out the word of God in his lifestyle.
In 1 Corinthians 4:8-13, the Corinthians Christians looked down on Paul and other apostles because of Paul’s condition and his humble attitude. The Corinthians were proud about their spirituality but they felt ashamed of Paul’s weakness. Many Christians like to compare each other based on the image of the world such as reputation, wealth and success but a real Christian will not value all these things. We must deny ourselves in order to follow Jesus. And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9:23).
In 1 Corinthians 4:14-17, Paul urged the Corinthians to imitate him. The Corinthians regarded him as weak and poor because he is often captured, beaten and imprisoned for his missionary work.
In 1 Corinthians 4:18-21, the Corinthians were arrogant and think Paul won’t come to visit them. But Paul said he will come to visit them shortly if God is willing. Paul leave to them whether he come with a rod or in love and a spirit of gentleness.