English blog

1 Corinthians 4:6 – It is written

22-01-2019 - Posted by Andre Piet

Now these things, brethren, I transfer in a figure to myself and Apollos because of you, that in us you may be learning not to be disposed above what is written that you may not be puffed up, one over the one, against the other.

In the foregoing, Paul did not invoke his authority as an apostle (=delegate) but, together with Apollos, he positions himself as “assistants of Christ” (:1). And as administrators of GOD’s secrets they only did what is asked of them, namely to be reliable (:2). The reason why he is so modest is that the Corinthians might learn “not to be disposed above what is written”.

Indeed, Paul revealed secrets that had never been revealed before. But he always drew from the then available Scriptures. From what we call the Old Testament. For therein lies hidden under the surface, the wisdom of GOD (2:7). And Paul and Apollos, in their preaching, have removed the cover that lays over the old covenant (2Cor.3:14). Their preaching was thus truly revealing!

In “what is written” everything is included that is given to the ecclesia. They are the living words of GOD. In it we find the resurrected Christ!