D. Stewards of the Mysteries of God
1. Faithful Servants of Christ
1 A man should 1account us 2in this way, as 3aservants of Christ and 4bstewards of the cmysteries of God.
2 1Here, furthermore, it is sought in stewards that one be found afaithful.
3 But to me it is a very small thing that I should be 1aexamined by you or by 2man's day; rather I do not even examine myself.
4 For I am conscious of nothing against myself; but I am not justified in this, but He who examines me is the Lord.
5 So then do not 1ajudge anything 2before the time, until the Lord bcomes, who will both bring to light the chidden things of darkness and make dmanifest the counsels of the hearts, and then there will be epraise to each from God.
2. A Spectacle Both to Angels and to Men
6 Now 1these things, brothers, I have 2transferred in figure to myself and aApollos for your sakes, that you may learn in us the matter of not going beyond 3what has been written, that none of you may be bpuffed up on behalf of cone, against the other.
7 For 1who distinguishes you? And what do you have that you did not areceive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though not having received it?
8 1Already you are filled; already you have become arich; you have reigned without us. And I would have it indeed that you did reign, that we also might reign with you.
9 For, I think, God has set forth us the apostles 1last of all as 2doomed to adeath, because we have become a 3bspectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.
3. The Offscouring of the World
and the Scum of All Things
10 We are 1afools because of Christ, but you are bprudent in Christ; we are 2cweak, but you are strong; you are 3glorious, but we are ddishonored.
11 Until the present hour we both ahunger and thirst, and are naked and bbuffeted and wander without a home;
12 And we labor, aworking with our own bhands. Reviled we cbless; dpersecuted we endure;
13 1Defamed we 2exhort. We have become as the 3aoffscouring of the world, the 3scum of all things, until now.
4. The Begetting Father
14 It is not to ashame you that I write these things but to admonish you as my beloved bchildren.
15 For though you have ten thousand 1guides in Christ, yet you do not have many 2afathers; for bin Christ Jesus I have cbegotten you through the dgospel.
16 I 1exhort you therefore, Become aimitators of me.
17 Because of this I have sent aTimothy to you, who is my beloved and faithful bchild in the Lord, who will remind you of my 1ways which are in Christ, even as I teach 2everywhere in every cchurch.
18 Now some have become apuffed up as though I were not coming to you.
19 But I will acome to you shortly, if the Lord bwills, and I will ascertain not the speech of those who are puffed up but the power.
20 For the 1akingdom of God is not in speech but in bpower.
21 What do you want? Should I acome to you with a 1rod or in love and a 2bspirit of cmeekness?