1 Corinthians 4 – Judgment, Humility

1 Corinthians 4:1-5 – Paul reiterates, it is the Lord who Judges and we should not pronounce judgment before the time that the Lord comes. But it is so tempting to do so. If I don’t agree with your doctrine, or I draw the line on a disputable matter differently than you do, it’s oh-so-easy to proclaim that you are not a disciple of Jesus. I find it very hard to settle these things in my mind. I tend to want there to be a single way to be, a single ‘right’ choice for every situation. It’s hard for me to imagine that you and I can disagree profoundly and both be fine in the eyes of God. I must continue to remind myself to leave room for the grace of God and leave judgment to Him. After all,if I trust in His grace to cover my mistakes in discernment or line drawings, I must allow the same for my brother.
Paul also shares a liberating perspective here on human judgment. In verse 3 he says “with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court“. In other words, it’s no big deal what man says about me, what matters is the Lord’s judgment. What you or anyone else thinks is “a very small thing”. I make too much of what others think. Far, far too much.
1 Corinthians 4:6-13 – Paul uses sarcasm here to rebuke the Corinthians for taking credit for what they’ve become. What they were came from Paul and others and ultimately from Christ, they were nothing until they received Jesus. This is true for me as well. I stand because my parents raised me to fear God, because men in college shared the gospel with me, because men fought to make the Bible accessible, because other men wrote of Jesus from their hearts in books and blogs and on and on. I would have never found Christ from my own seeking alone, I’m convinced of that. Nor would I have grown in Him by myself.

One thought on “1 Corinthians 4 – Judgment, Humility

  1. ESV looks weird to me but I’m not used to it.
    “My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent.” Profound words.
    “”Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not take pride in one man over against another.” Not going beyond what is written. How do you do that? That’s a tough one.
    “Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world.” That scripture has special meaning to me. I was in a D-time being corrected by someone with whom the passage do not judge probably applied to well. I don’t remember what it was for but he was right. It was hard to swallow, at the time, so I kept reading that passage and thought to myself just become scum…just become scum..just become scum and I made it through it. Sometimes I forget that I just need to be scum.

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