1 Corinthians 4:6-13 NASB
6 Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively applied to myself and Apollos for your sakes, so that in us you may learn not to exceed what is written, so that no one of you will become arrogant in behalf of one against the other. 7 For who regards you as superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?
8 You are already filled, you have already become rich, you have become kings without us; and indeed, I wish that you had become kings so that we also might reign with you. 9 For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. 10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are prudent in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are distinguished, but we are without honor. 11 To this present hour we are both hungry and thirsty, and are poorly clothed, and are roughly treated, and are homeless; 12 and we toil, working with our own hands; when we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure; 13 when we are slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things, even until now.
- Pride (v. 6-7)
- Conceit (v. 8-14)
- Why does Paul warn the Church of Corinth not to exceed what is written in verse 6? How do we go beyond what is written, and why does that bring about arrogance against one another?
- What do I fail to realize when I act in proud arrogance? (v. 7)
- Read 4:8-17. The Bible tells us that the suffering of this present age goes before the glory of the age to come. How had the Corinthians taken a shortcut to glory? (v. 8, 10)
- How did their own perception of themselves contrast with the experience of Paul? (v. 9-13)
- What would it look like for us to become fools for Christ’ sake?