1 Corinthians 4:16

16 I appeal to you, then, be imitators of me.

1 Corinthians 4:16 Meaning and Commentary

1 Corinthians 4:16

Wherefore, I beseech you
Though he might have used the power and authority of a father, yet he chose rather to entreat and beseech them; saying,

be ye followers of me;
for who should children follow, but their parents? The Vulgate Latin, adds, "as I am of Christ"; so Chrysostom in his time read it; and Beza says he found it so written in one Greek exemplar; and so it is in one of Stephens's; it seems to have crept in from ( 1 Corinthians 11:1 ) . However, though it might not be now expressed by the apostle, it is to be supposed; for he never desired any to follow him any more, or further than he followed Christ; particularly he was desirous that these his spiritual children would follow him, and abide by him in the doctrine of a crucified Christ, he had preached among them, and not the false apostles, who had represented his ministry as weak and foolish; and in his life and conversation, especially in his humble carriage and deportment among them, and in his tender love and affection for them; observing their growing pride, haughtiness, and vain opinion of themselves, and those unnatural divisions and animosities which were fomented among them; and also in bearing reproach and persecution cheerfully and patiently, for the Gospel of Christ; a detail of which he had given them in some preceding verses.

1 Corinthians 4:16 In-Context

14 I am not writing this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children.
15 For though you might have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers. Indeed, in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.
16 I appeal to you, then, be imitators of me.
17 For this reason I sent you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ Jesus, as I teach them everywhere in every church.
18 But some of you, thinking that I am not coming to you, have become arrogant.
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