Thursday, March 11, 2010

#Christian Leaders Are Servants Of #Christ, Not #Celebrities: 1 Corinthians 4

Theme: Christ is God's wisdom...

1. For correcting moral problems (1-6)
     A. Divisions (1:10-4:21)

Chapter four corrects the root problem of the Corinthian divisions (pride: 6-7), by instructing them to regard (1-7) and imitate (8-21) christian leaders as servants of Christ.

Because christians leaders are "servants of Christ" (lit. "subordinates"), Christ--not believers--will be the One to judge their motives and issue their praise (1-5). This proper evaluation of status should keep believers from the "arrogance" of either exalting or passing judgment on human leaders (6). Believers should regard christian leaders as servants of Christ.

Since all blessings come from God, believers should imitate the humility of Christ's servants rather than boast as if they were "superior", or self made kings (7-8). In contrast to the celebrity ("prudent", "strong", "distinguished") attitude the Corinthians displayed, servants of Christ are "fools", "weak", "without honor", "hungry and thirsty", "poorly clothed", "roughly treated", "homeless", and hard workers (11-12). They try to "conciliate" when they are slandered, and "have become as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things, even until now" (13). This does not mean christians should afflict or "lower" themselves, but that they should credit God for any benefit they enjoy, and imitate the humble example of Christ's servants.

Chapter four corrects the root problem of the Corinthian divisions (pride), by instructing them to regard and imitate Christian leaders as servants of Christ. 

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