Ministers Are Stewards of God's Truth
1 Corinthians 4:1-21

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An Illustration from Household Life (1 Cor 4:1-5)

Two ways to properly regard any minister:

  1. "As servants of Christ" (huperetes) = literally, "under rowers;" originally, those rowing on a galley ship of the period. It became a general term for any subordinate or worker who was standing ready to carry out the master's wishes. The use of this term emphasizes the personal responsibility that each worker had to Christ alone.
  2. "As stewards of the mysteries of God" (oikonomos) = literally, "house manager;" a servant in charge of the affairs of the household. This emphasizes the personal responsibility of the steward to the owner of the house.

Paul's Personal Appeal (1 Cor 4:6-21)

Paul follows harsh words with tenderness and encouragement to imitate his fatherly example.

Points of Application