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First Corinthians 4:1-21

Continuing on from chapter 3, Paul writes:

I Corinthians 4:1 and 2:

4:1Thus a man must calculate us as assistants of Christ and stewards of (the) mysteries of God; .2here from-now-on you must seek-after among the stewards in order that someone may be found believing.

In this manner any man among the holy-people must calculate us (reckon, count, compute logically regarding myself and Apollos) as:

The word “mystery” throughout Paul’s letters means “secret.” A mystery contains the details that are known and can be understood by those involved in it and by those to whom it has been revealed – it is not inexplicable to those involved in it.

Here in this category during the remaining time you must seek-after among the stewards (look for among the stewards, those whom you consider, or those who consider themselves, to be stewards) for the purpose and result that someone among these stewards would be found believing (adjectively described as: faithful, trusting that-which God and the Lord Jesus Christ have given them to believe).

The criteria for a person to be an assistant of Christ and a steward of God's mysteries is that he/she believes what God and the Lord Jesus Christ say and then carries-out the stewardship accordingly. If someone would claim to be an assistant of Christ and steward of the mysteries of God but does not believe and act accordingly, then this person is not a steward – and consequently this person is not to be believed.

Paul is continuing to teach that it is God and the things of God that are important, that God and the Lord Jesus Christ are whom they ought to believe and obey - no matter which assistant of Christ and steward of God's mysteries assists and stewards among them.

[Reference: Numbers 12:7; Matthew 13:11; Luke 12:36-59, and chapter 16; Acts 26:12-18; Romans 11:25, and 16:25; I Corinthians 15:51; Ephesians 3:1-12; Colossians 1:25-29; I Timothy 3:9 and 16; Titus 1:7; I Peter 4:10 and 11.]

 

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