The Apostle is very much aware of his ministry to the Gentile world and his overall work on behalf of the Church. Paul never questions his authority and inspiration, so neither should we. In fact, he wants to remind us that his role is as a servant of Christ and as a steward of the mysteries of God. An important qualification of these stewards is trustworthiness. If a minister of the Gospel concerns himself with trustworthiness in the wider community before being trustworthy to God, that leads to serious errors. Paul, Apollos, and any other minister is never to be esteemed higher or lower than is prescribed in Scripture. This is true not only for ministers but for all Christians because the fact of our salvation is not through any work of our own, but through the full and finished work of Christ.
About the Series
Paul’s First Epistle to the church in Corinth is a letter full of love and sorrow. Love for God’s Word and His Church is present on every page and sorrow for a church that has given over to the divisive wantonness of a real-world “Vanity Fair.”