Summary: 1 of 8. Paul admonished the Corinthian Church regarding his apostolic ministry. The church must regard apostles rightly...as those who are fools for Christ! But How/When are these Justified? Fools for Christ are justified thru their...
JUSTIFIED FOOLS For CHRIST-1—1Corinthians 4:1-21
In Carrabelle, FL, have you ever met someone who you would consider ‘a fool for fishing?’ ...Sport fishermen.
No matter what happens in that person’s life they will find a way to get on the water or to the beach or up the river with a rod & reel, pole, string, net, or trap!
Ladies, does your man stay on the bay? Does fishin’ ‘make his boat float?’ Can you ever go to the beach just to enjoy the sunrise or sunset or look for shells or porpoises, without taking the coolers, tackle boxes, buckets & assorted fishing gear? Does he spend more money on & time with his boat than with you?
Then get out there with him & learn to love fishing because your man is a Fool for Fishin’!
Paul admonished the Corinthian Church regarding his apostolic ministry.
The church must regard apostolic authority rightly...as fools for Christ!
How/When are Fools for Christ Justified?
Cautions regarding Fools for Christ.
1—Fools for Christ are justified thru their...
:1—“Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ & stewards of the mysteries of God.”
Paul & Sosthenes(1:1)(& possibly other apostles) had been lightly & thus wrongly regarded by the Corinthians.
Paul instructs them as to how they should be regarded.
Apostles should be regarded as willing “servants of Christ.” As a Christian “servant,” one is an admitted ‘under-rower’ to Christ Jesus & has thus willfully made himself beneath or subordinate to Christ. The “servant” thus looks to & seeks direction from the One to whom he has subjected/subordinated himself.
To see the apostles as anything less than “servants of Christ” is to consign their word to equality with mine or yours or anybody else’s. However their word was & remains revelatory for all time regarding the birth of the church age! We are to merely reflect the apostle’s word(s).
Apostles should be regarded as “stewards.” They are stewards “of the mysteries of God.” This one “consideration” in & of itself should have been enough to enlighten the Corinthian Christians to their own carnality(3:1-3) regarding the things of God in Christ.
Though the Corinthian Christians lived in a polytheistic culture, many if not most would also have been generally aware/familiar with the God of the Jews & their promised Messiah. This “stewardship of the mysteries of God” would have been to them an unfolding of the specifics of what had been presented only thru word & ‘type’ in promises for the future.
Col. 1:24-26—“I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, & fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, the mystery which has been hidden from ages & from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.”