1st Corinthians 4:18-21 (7 of 28) by Harley Howard

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1st Corinthians 4:18-21 (7 of 28)
Series: The Epistle of 1 Corinthians
Harley Howard

18 Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you.

Now some have become arrogant, as though I were not coming to you. Pride was all through that fellowship and Paul was not ashamed to address it. When Paul wrote that some are puffed up, the word, some, speaks of certain ones that were there that were arrogant. I believe that he (and they) knew specifically the group he was speaking of. To show you just how puffed-up they were, this particular Greek word, is used 7 times in the Bible. 6 of them are used in this first epistle! That's incredible, but it shows us just how deep the pride was entrenched-deep rooted-in that fellowship.

19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power.

Now concerning his own proposed trip to Corinth, Paul addresses some in the church who had acted arrogantly as though he were not going to come and did not dare to do so. These were the false teachers who were trying to undermine his authority by saying he was unstable, weak and that his message was of no importance. Paul replied that, the Lord willing, he will come without delay, and then they all will find out the real power of the arrogant persons who are doing all the talking against him. Paul threw down the gauntlet here. He wants to know their power. Now he knows that they had none, but he want the church to know, since they were so deceived by them. In essence he saying, since you don't have the discernment to know where true supernatural power comes from, when I come, I will show you the difference and it will be clear. Paul said; we don't need to hear the words of these men, but to see their power. The word, but, emphasizes the contrast between Paul and the false teachers: Talk is cheap! In fact, talk is empty! What real power do these people have to promote their unscrip ...


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