March 3, 2023
6 And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.
7 For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?
8 Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye have reigned as kings without us: and I would to God ye did reign, that we also might reign with you.
9 For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.
10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.
11 Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace;
12 And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:
13 Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.
14 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.
15 For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.
17 For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.
18 Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you.
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.
20 For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.
21 What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?
“18 Now some are puffed up, …” Because I lived in the north before I lived in the south, “puffed up” reminds me of those (my humble(?) opinion) silly puff jackets people wear during the winter. No one looks good in them. No one.
The same is true of those Christians who get puffed up because they consider themselves to be so holy, so devout. We’ve all seen them. Oh, they are so wonderful in church – and then you find yourself in a grocery aisle with one and they turn their head away as if they didn’t see you. You’ve had that happen, I’m sure.
Our relationship with God – Father, Son, and Holy Ghost – is not something to get all puffed up about. Why not? Because God loved us first. Because God sent His Son to do that appointed and accepted work on the cross to bring us back to a relationship with God. Because we can’t even claim being ‘smart enough’ to have followed Him; that was all the work of the Holy Spirit. So lets just toss out the puffy, ok?
On a personal note … those of you who know me know that I don’t get much sleep. Six hours solid last night! Praise God from Whom all blessings flow! Amen!