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Rev. Clint Smith
God has given the Believer every opportunity to mature in their faith and the ability to be encouraged by the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:16-26
Paul specifically saw himself as a servant of God and a steward of the mysteries of God. He understood God demanded him to be faithful and trustworthy.
Paul made it abundantly clear that he was not under human evaluation regarding his ministry but under the judgment of God. He knew God judged faithfully.
Paul forbade the Church from sitting in judgment on other Christians but instructed them to wait on the Lord who will judge the secret things that are hidden in darkness. God discloses the motives of people’s hearts.
Paul made the analogies about factions to himself and Apollos for the Churches benefit. His goal was to teach them not to go beyond what is written in Scripture so that they would not be puffed up and boast in favor of one minister or teacher against the other.
The unmature believers in the Corinthian Church thought they were superior or special in some particular way. They worked diligently to exalt their opinions and influence others with their words.
Paul disclosed the patient trials of the Apostles. He shared their sufferings for Christ. Matthew 5:3-16
Paul reinforced his love for the Corinthian Church which he helped found through the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He loved them like a spiritual father. He sent Timothy to edify the Church.
He recognized that many in the Church remained puffed up with spiritual pride, so he invoked his Apostolic authority and challenged them. He insisted the kingdom of God is not based on talk but on power.
Paul asked the Church, shall I come to you with a rod of discipline and correction, or with love and a gentle spirit? They had a choice to make.