In this passage, please note the sarcasm Paul uses to point the people of Corinth towards a life of humility in Christ. To this point they were focused on following a particular apostle, Paul, Apollos, or Peter. However, Paul wanted them to understand that following them was wrong. Christ alone should be followed.
Do you know someone who is getting this wrong? Take them to lunch or for coffee and have a Matthew 18:15 conversation with them. Here’s today’s Bible verse. Enjoy.
1 Corinthians 4:8-13
8 Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! You have begun to reign—and that without us! How I wish that you really had begun to reign so that we also might reign with you! 9 For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like those condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to human beings. 10 We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored! 11 To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. 12 We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; 13 when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage of the world—right up to this moment.
1 Corinthians 4