[Originally posted by Glenn Murray on 6 April 2017]
1 Corinthians 4
Peter Clark has pointed out to us how Paul chides the Corinthians and this chiding continues in today’s New Testament reading as Paul goes on to deride those who have puffed themselves up. That is, to hold themselves as more important and more of a Christian than they really are.
Timothy is being sent to the Corinthians to carry out a form of remedial teaching. Paul’s anger at their behaviour shows as finally he asks if he should bring a stick when he comes to them (v21) or a spirit of gentleness.
What are we to conclude?
The ancient family, Israel, was sent away into exile because it could not serve and honour God faithfully. The new covenant family is to be punished too for becoming ‘puffed up’ and against one another.
Do we understand that God is a God of judgement and punishment in the face of our sinfulness? Do we understand that God expects us to be obedient to Him and follow the teaching of the Apostles whom Jesus chose to commission?
What do you understand God expects of you and I?
May the Lord show us all where we have fallen down so that we may seek His forgiveness and mercy and walk in His paths.