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1Corinthians 4:1 – Deputies and administrators

12-01-2019 - Posted by Andre Piet

Thus let a man be reckoning with us – as deputies of Christ, and administrators of God’s secrets.

Paul places his work and that of Apollos (:6) in perspective. Apollos was accurately informed about Paul’s teaching by Priscilla and Aquila (Acts 19:26). Paul had once planted the ecclesia in Corinth while Apollos irrigated her afterwards. But only the Lord had given growth and Paul and Apollos were allowed to assist Him in this.

Paul was not only an deputy, but (together with Apollos) also an “administrator of God’s secrets”. The word for ‘administrator’ in Greek literally means ‘housekeeper’. A ‘housekeeper’ is not the owner of the house, but the person who is appointed to arrange the housekeeping and the bookkeeping. Paul was the “housekeeper” of GOD’s secrets. Secrets which were entrusted to him. Truths that had never been revealed until then. Paul was called to make known these secrets. To write them down and reveal the rules and principles of the administration.

Therefore, when we want to know what matters in the present “house of GOD”, the ecclesia, then we must go to Paul. Because with him we discover GOD’s secrets!