1 Corinthians 4:1
New International Version
This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed.

New Living Translation
So look at Apollos and me as mere servants of Christ who have been put in charge of explaining God's mysteries.

English Standard Version
This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.

Berean Study Bible
So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.

Berean Literal Bible
So let a man regard us as servants of Christ and stewards of God's mysteries.

New American Standard Bible
Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.

King James Bible
Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.

Christian Standard Bible
A person should think of us in this way: as servants of Christ and managers of the mysteries of God.

Contemporary English Version
Think of us as servants of Christ who have been given the work of explaining God's mysterious ways.

Good News Translation
You should think of us as Christ's servants, who have been put in charge of God's secret truths.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A person should consider us in this way: as servants of Christ and managers of God's mysteries.

International Standard Version
Think of us as servants of the Messiah and as servant managers entrusted with God's secrets.

NET Bible
One should think about us this way--as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.

New Heart English Bible
So a person should consider us as Christ's servants, and stewards of God's mysteries.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In this way, let us be esteemed by you as Ministers of The Messiah and the stewards of the mysteries of God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
People should think of us as servants of Christ and managers who are entrusted with God's mysteries.

New American Standard 1977
Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let us reckon men as ministers of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.

King James 2000 Bible
Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.

American King James Version
Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.

American Standard Version
Let a man so account of us, as of ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
LET a man so account of us as of the ministers of Christ, and the dispensers of the mysteries of God.

Darby Bible Translation
Let a man so account of us as servants of Christ, and stewards of [the] mysteries of God.

English Revised Version
Let a man so account of us, as of ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.

Weymouth New Testament
As for us Apostles, let any one take this view of us--we are Christ's officers, and stewards of God's secret truths.

World English Bible
So let a man think of us as Christ's servants, and stewards of God's mysteries.

Young's Literal Translation
Let a man so reckon us as officers of Christ, and stewards of the secrets of God,
Study Bible
Servants of Christ
1So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2Now it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.…
Cross References
Luke 1:2
just as they were handed down to us by the initial eyewitnesses and servants of the word.

Romans 11:25
I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you will not be conceited: A hardening in part has come to Israel, until the full number of the Gentiles has come in.

Romans 16:25
Now to Him who is able to strengthen you by my gospel and by the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery concealed for ages past,

1 Corinthians 4:2
Now it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.

1 Corinthians 9:17
If my preaching is voluntary, I have a reward. But if it is not voluntary, I am still entrusted with a responsibility.

Titus 1:7
As God's steward, an overseer must be above reproach--not self-absorbed, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not greedy for money.

1 Peter 4:10
As good stewards of the manifold grace of God, each of you should use whatever gift he has received to serve one another.

Treasury of Scripture

Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.

account.

1 Corinthians 4:13
Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.

2 Corinthians 12:6
For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.

the ministers.

1 Corinthians 3:5
Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?

1 Corinthians 9:16-18
For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! …

Matthew 24:45
Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?

and stewards.

Luke 12:42
And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?

Luke 16:1-3
And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods…

Titus 1:7
For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;

mysteries.

1 Corinthians 2:7
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

Matthew 13:11
He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

Mark 4:11
And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:







Lexicon
So then,
Οὕτως (Houtōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3779: Thus, so, in this manner. Or (referring to what precedes or follows).

men
ἄνθρωπος (anthrōpos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 444: A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.

ought to regard
λογιζέσθω (logizesthō)
Verb - Present Imperative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3049: To reckon, count, charge with; reason, decide, conclude; think, suppose.

us
ἡμᾶς (hēmas)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

as
ὡς (hōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 5613: Probably adverb of comparative from hos; which how, i.e. In that manner.

servants
ὑπηρέτας (hypēretas)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 5257: From hupo and a derivative of eresso; an under-oarsman, i.e. subordinate.

of Christ
Χριστοῦ (Christou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5547: Anointed One; the Messiah, the Christ. From chrio; Anointed One, i.e. The Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

stewards
οἰκονόμους (oikonomous)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3623: A household manager, a steward, guardian.

of the mysteries
μυστηρίων (mystēriōn)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3466: From a derivative of muo; a secret or 'mystery'.

of God.
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.
IV.

(1-5) The first five verses of this chapter contain a further argument against party-spirit as it existed in the Corinthian Church--viz., that God alone can judge of any man's work whether it be worthy, and that God, unlike man, who selects only some one for praise, will give to every worker his own proper share of approval.

(1) Man.--In a generic sense means "every one" (as in 1Corinthians 11:28, and Galatians 6:1).

Us--i.e., Paul himself and Apollos.

As of the ministers of Christ.--Better, as ministers of Christ. The word used for "ministers" here expresses more strongly the idea of subordination than the word which occurs in 1Corinthians 3:5. It implies not only those who are under one superior, but those who are in a still inferior position--the officer who has to obey orders, as in Matthew 5:25--a "servant" (Matthew 26:58). Though servants, their office is one of great trust; they are "stewards" to whom the owner of the house has entrusted the care of those sacred things--"mysteries"--which heretofore have been hidden, but are now made known to them, his faithful subordinates. It is to be remembered that even the steward in a Greek household was generally a slave.

Verses 1-5. - Judgments, human and Divine, respecting ministers. Verse 1. - Let a man so account of us. Since it is inevitable that Christians should form some estimate of the position of their ministers, he proceeds to tell them what that estimate should be. Ministers are not to be unduly magnified, for their position is subordinate; they are not to be unduly depreciated, for if they are faithful they may appeal from frivolous human prejudices and careless depreciations to that only Judge and Master before whom they stand or fall. Ministers; here huperetas; in 1 Corinthians 3:5 diakonous. They are huperetai (in its derivation "under rowers") in their relation to Christ; diakonoi in their relation to men. Of Christ; and therefore responsible to Him. Stewards; dispensers, subordinate distributors. These "agents" were higher slaves (Luke 16:1-8). Of the mysteries of God. The word "mysteries" means truths once hidden but now revealed; as in Luke 8:10, "Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God." In later patristic usage the word means "sacraments;" but St. Paul has expressly said (1 Corinthians 1:17) that his mission was to preach the gospel, not primarily to administer the sacraments. (For descriptions of the work of a minister according to St. Paul's lofty ideal, see the pastoral Epistles, and 1 Thessalonians 2:7-11; Colossians 1:25-29; Acts 20:18-21, 24-28. St. Peter's is given in 1 Peter 4:10, 11; 1 Peter 5:2-4.) A minister is not to be estimated as a supernatural teacher, or a civil autocrat, or an infallible critic, but as an ambassador from Christ, who reveals to the "initiated" that which they could not otherwise know. 4:1-6 Apostles were no more than servants of Christ, but they were not to be undervalued. They had a great trust, and for that reason, had an honourable office. Paul had a just concern for his own reputation, but he knew that he who chiefly aimed to please men, would not prove himself a faithful servant of Christ. It is a comfort that men are not to be our final judges. And it is not judging well of ourselves, or justifying ourselves, that will prove us safe and happy. Our own judgment is not to be depended upon as to our faithfulness, any more than our own works for our justification. There is a day coming, that will bring men's secret sins into open day, and discover the secrets of their hearts. Then every slandered believer will be justified, and every faithful servant approved and rewarded. The word of God is the best rule by which to judge as to men. Pride commonly is at the bottom of quarrels. Self-conceit contributes to produce undue esteem of our teachers, as well as of ourselves. We shall not be puffed up for one against another, if we remember that all are instruments, employed by God, and endowed by him with various talents.
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