Summary: 6 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-VI—1Corinthians 4:1-21
‘Fools for Christ’ are such because they know from experience with certainty, that there really is nothing worthwhile outside of Christ!
Paul admonished the Corinthian Church regarding his apostolic ministry.
The church must regard apostolic authority rightly...as those who are fools for Christ!
How/When are Fools for Christ Justified?
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:14—“I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you.”
Paul’s reasoning & rationale behind that which he is writing to the Corinthian Christians is not malicious. He is not purposely “shaming” them for in their disregard for God’s desire(1:10-4:13) they are shaming themselves(7:35).
Paul approaches them in the same manner as a loving nurturing burdened father approaches his own “beloved children.” He is concerned for their betterment, their welfare, for their success in Christ. Thereby, Paul approaches them in a manner that will “warn” them. He wants to instill in them(their ‘new-man’ minds(see nouyetew below)) the distinguishing characteristics of true Christians that are immune to influence by the world.
1Cor. 7:35—“And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, & that you may serve the Lord without distraction.”
‘They are their own worst enemy’
‘We have met the enemy & they are us!’
2Cor. 10:3-6—“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments & every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, & being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.”
Mat. 19:12—“For there are eunuchs who were born thus from their mother’s womb, & there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, & there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He who is able to accept it, let him accept it.”
“Shame”—entrepw—Present Active Participle—[Literally—Shaming you]—1) To shame one; 2) To be ashamed; 3) To reverence a person; 4) To turn about. Strong—To invert, i.e. figuratively & reflexively(in a good sense)--To respect; or (in a bad sense)--To confound. Used 9X.
“Beloved”(See :17)—agaphtov—Adj.—1) Beloved, esteemed, dear, favorite, worthy of love.