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?