4:1,2 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and
stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards,
that a man be found faithful.(can
be relied upon).
4:4 For I know nothing by myself, yet am I not hereby justified; but
he that judges me is the Lord.
1Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before
the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden
things of darkness and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts and
every man praises God.
4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the.(word
'the' not in original).time.(means
'don't bother figuring out those things in the world, which is the time
and space world, because no one knows how the spirit is unfolding love
and how this will affect all'), until the
take note of what you see unfolding), who both will bring to light
hidden things of darkness.(the
things of the shadow in each of us, so
can see what to dissipate).and
will make manifest
the counsels of the hearts.(one's
meditations for good).and then every
man praises God.(?).
When you look
at your shadow you dissipate it and this is good
for all. When you look at your shadow side with the intent to dissipate
it, you have the power of the Infinite behind you (Philippians
2:13) because attention is
light and light dissipates darkness. One's body will alert him or her,
letting us know what we are connected to when we are attentive to it, like,
'what is causing these trials and sufferings
in my life?'
4:6 And these things (Philippians
I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes,
that you might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written,
that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.
They were getting
that is, one was all for Paul and another for someone else such as Apollos:.1Corinthians
1:12; 3:4. Hey! Paul's the
greatest in my books; no, no Apollos is and here's why, they would say
amongst each other, just as kids would say 'my dad's yard is bigger than
your dad's yard'. One group was for Paul, another for Apollos, just like
those supporting political parties today. Hey!, we're the greatest. Join
4:7 For who makes you to differ from another? and what have you that
you did not receive? now if you did receive it, why do you glory, as if
you had not not received it?
the verse: 'Why would each of you be of such different opinions when Apollos
and myself are of the same mind in what we taught to you? Did you get something
for either of us in our teaching that the other hadn't also said in some
different way? And if you did receive the same from both of us, again,
perhaps said in different words, why do you act as though you heard something
other than what we both taught and then say that Apollos is the guy to
follow or that Paul is the guy to follow?
4:8 Now you are full.(Paul
in this verse uses sarcasm
to get what he wants to say across to them), now you are
rich, you have reigned as kings without us and I would to God you did reign,
that we also might reign with you..(then
they would not be looking also to so many 'off
the wall' things, because if they had reigned with them, at least they
would have had some guidance)
4:9 For I think that God has set forth us the apostles last, as it
were appointed to death. For we are made made
a spectacle unto the world and to angels and to men.
Paul in verses
8-15 is sarcastically
showing the efforts he and those who accompanied him put in for the benefit
of the spirituality of these unappreciating Corinthians.
Notes: If this is to be taken ironically,
it's as if he had said, 'It seems then, that God has designed that we the
apostles should be subject to contempt and suffering and be made poor and
persecuted, while you are admitted to high honours and privileges'. With
such an attitude as this, they ought to doubt whether they were in a right
thinking state or had any reason for their self-congratulation.
4:10 We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ. We
are weak, but you are strong. You are honourable, but we are despised.
4:11 Even unto this present hour we both hunger and thirst and are
naked and are buffeted and have no certain dwellingplace;
4:12,13 And labour, working with our own hands; being reviled,
we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it. Being defamed,
God for help). We are made by them as if we are the filth
of the world and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.(how
the world treated them back then).
4:15 For though you have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have
you not many fathers. For in Christ Emmanuel I have begotten you through
are who are willing to tell you about Christ (Matthew
24:5), but few there be who heartily
bring you to maturity
as would a loving father.
4:16 Wherefore I beseech you, be you followers of me.
4:17 For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved
son and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my
ways which be in Christ.(what
ways could these have been?), as I teach every where
in every church.
4:18 Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you.
4:19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will and will know
not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power..(Paul
was able to tell if another's words would be effective toward being helpful
or if his or her words were just for purposes of vanity)
1Corinthians 4:20 For the kingdom of God is not
in word, but in power.
4:20 For the kingdom of God is not in word.(tenor
of verse is 'not in a bunch of words having no effect for a human being's
life, but rather, power to live victoriously', that is, power to affect
the heart toward becoming
like God; what it's all about), but in power.(original
'power in ability', to accomplish';
power to affect the heart is not meaningless, confusing words of deceit
Pharisees in Emmanuel's time used on people to gain for their
word power is to be taken in the same sense here as in verse 19. Paul says,
'I will know, not what these men say, but what they really are.(Matthew
7:20), for the kingdom of God does not
consist in what is apparent and outward, but in what is inward
4:21 What will you? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and
in the spirit of meekness?
5:1,2 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you,
and such fornication
as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his
father's wife. And you are puffed up and have not rather mourned, that
he that has done this deed might be taken away from among you.
5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan
the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of
the Lord Emmanuel.
is talking about that in society then, though it was common to have more
than one female partner, it was uncommon for the son of someone to have
sex with one of the females his father may have had; original means that
the church back them in the city of Corinth, instead of thinking this was
such a great new piece of freedom (they were proud about it), they should
have left the person alone so that karma (one reaps
what he sows) would work to bring him to spirituality; this would have
been the 'day of the Lord' in
that individual's life.
5:6 Your glorying is not good. Know you not that a little leaven leavens
the whole lump?
5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump,
as you are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us.
5:9,10 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators.
Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world or with the covetous
or extortioners or with idolaters, for then must you needs go out of the
Not to participate
in the things of the ego, but
to function in the world as a son of light, one having a
Commentary: Paul is saying to avoid such fellowship as will defile
5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man
that is called a brother be a fornicator or covetous or an idolater or
a railer or a drunkard or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
5:12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? Do
not you judge them that are within?
taken as Paul saying something deep, such as 'I don't deal with those who
are not in touch with themselves within, for the laws of the land and the
judges deal with that, but I am out to provide guidance to those with the
spirit, those on the road of a higher consciousness, those in touch with
themselves within, those who want to change their without by bringing out
the good within'.
1Corinthians 5:13 But them that are without, God
judges. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
5:13 But them that are without.(?).God
judges.(the laws of
the universe are set up so that we reap what we sow.(?).and
the laws of the land.similarly;
in this way,
judges because He set them up and after
that...). Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked
not in original; simply means 'evil' or, get yourself away from