1 Let a man so account of us as servants of Christ, and stewards of [the] mysteries of God.

References for 1 Corinthians 4:1

    • a 4:1 - The appointed servant. Three words are translated 'servant': doulos, a slave, bondman; diakonos, a person who acts or waits in service; and huperetes, as here, which is always used in the New Testament for an official servant, or apparitor: see Luke 1.2; Acts 26.16. For latreuo, serve, see Matt. 4.10.
      2 Here, further, it is sought in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
      3 But for me it is the very smallest matter that I be examined of you or of man's day. Nor do I even examine myself.

      References for 1 Corinthians 4:3

        • b 4:3 - The word does not signify 'judgment,' but the preliminary examination, at which the accused has to answer and give an account of himself, as Luke 23.14.
          4 For I am conscious of nothing in myself; but I am not justified by this: but he that examines me is the Lord.
          5 So that do not judge anything before [the] time, until the Lord shall come, who shall also both bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and shall make manifest the counsels of hearts; and then shall each have [his] praise from God.

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            • c 4:5 - Lit. 'then shall the praise be to each from God.'
              6 Now these things, brethren, I have transferred, in their application, to myself and Apollos, for your sakes, that ye may learn in us the [lesson of] not [letting your thoughts go] above what is written, that ye may not be puffed up one for [such a] one against another.

              References for 1 Corinthians 4:6

                • d 4:6 - The word is used for a metaphor, no doubt, because a metaphor transfers the thoughts as to one object, to another which is an image of it. Amos says, 'The lion has roared,' speaking of God's threatening ways with Israel, as if he were his prey: in thought it is to be transferred to Israel. So here Paul is really speaking of those who came with great pretensions amongst the Corinthians, and he transferred it to himself and Apollos, that he might establish the principle universally, without naming these persons. By saying he 'transferred' it, the application was easy: but one can hardly say that is a figure.
                  7 For who makes thee to differ? and what hast thou which thou hast not received? but if also thou hast received, why boastest thou as not receiving?
                  8 Already ye are filled; already ye have been enriched; ye have reigned without us; and I would that ye reigned, that *we* also might reign with you.
                  9 For I think that God has set us the apostles for the last, as appointed to death. For we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and men.
                  10 *We* [are] fools for Christ's sake, but *ye* prudent in Christ: *we* weak, but *ye* strong: *ye* glorious, but *we* in dishonour.
                  11 To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and are in nakedness, and buffeted, and wander without a home,
                  12 and labour, working with our own hands. Railed at, we bless; persecuted, we suffer [it];
                  13 insulted, we entreat: we are become as [the] offscouring of the world, [the] refuse of all, until now.

                  References for 1 Corinthians 4:13

                    • e 4:13 - Kosmos: as chs. 1.20; 7.31,34.
                      14 Not [as] chiding do I write these things to you, but as my beloved children I admonish [you].
                      15 For if ye should have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet not many fathers; for in Christ Jesus *I* have begotten you through the glad tidings.
                      16 I entreat you therefore, be my imitators.

                      References for 1 Corinthians 4:16

                        • f 4:16 - Parakaleo. The word has to be rendered very differently in English in different places, and is hard to render, though simple and easy to understand. It means 'to call upon a person so as to stimulate him to anything;' hence 'to exhort, comfort or encourage:' see Note to 2Cor. 1.4. It has a fuller force here than a mere apostolic or pastoral exhortation.
                          17 For this reason I have sent to you Timotheus, who is my beloved and faithful child in [the] Lord, who shall put you in mind of my ways [as] they [are] in Christ, according as I teach everywhere in every assembly.
                          18 But some have been puffed up, as if I were not coming to you;
                          19 but I will come quickly to you, if the Lord will; and I will know, not the word of those that are puffed up, but the power.
                          20 For the kingdom of God [is] not in word, but in power.
                          21 What will ye? that I come to you with a rod; or in love, and [in] a spirit of meekness?