1 People should think of us as Christ's servants, stewards entrusted with the mysteries of God.
1Pet 4:10 1Tim 3:9 Titus 1:7 Col 1:25-27 Eph 6:19 Rom 16:25 1Cor 9:16-18
2 In such a matter, what is expected of stewards is that each one should be found trustworthy.
Matt 25:21 Luke 12:42 Luke 16:10-12 Matt 25:23 Col 4:17 Num 12:7 Prov 13:17
3 It is of no importance to me how you or any other human court may judge me: I will not even be the judge of my own self.
1Cor 2:15 1Cor 3:13 1Sam 16:7 John 7:24
4 It is true that my conscience does not reproach me, but that is not enough to justify me: it is the Lord who is my judge.
1John 3:20-21 Ps 143:2 2Cor 1:12 Ps 19:12 Ps 130:3 1Cor 4:5 Prov 21:2
5 For that reason, do not judge anything before the due time, until the Lord comes; he will bring to light everything that is hidden in darkness and reveal the designs of all hearts. Then everyone will receive from God the appropriate commendation.
1Cor 3:13 Rom 2:16 2Cor 5:10 Jas 5:7 2Cor 10:18 Rom 2:1 Heb 4:13
6 I have applied all this to myself and Apollos for your sakes, so that you can learn how the saying, 'Nothing beyond what is written' is true of us: no individual among you must become filled with his own importance and make comparisons, to another's detriment.
1Cor 1:12 1Cor 13:4 1Cor 4:18-19 1Cor 5:2 1Cor 8:1 2Cor 11:4 2Tim 2:10
7 Who made you so important? What have you got that was not given to you? And if it was given to you, why are you boasting as though it were your own?
John 3:27 1Pet 4:10 Rom 12:6 Jas 1:17 1Chr 29:11-16 Prov 2:6 1Cor 3:5
8 You already have everything -- you are rich already -- you have come into your kingdom, without any help from us! Well, I wish you were kings and we could be kings with you!
1Cor 1:5 Gal 6:3 Rev 5:10 Rom 12:15-16 1Cor 3:1-2 1Cor 4:18 1Cor 5:6
9 For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on show right at the end, like men condemned to death: we have been exhibited as a spectacle to the whole universe, both angelic and human.
Heb 10:33 Rom 8:36 1Thess 3:3 1Thess 5:9-10 2Cor 1:8-10 2Cor 4:8-12 2Cor 6:9
10 Here we are, fools for Christ's sake, while you are the clever ones in Christ; we are weak, while you are strong; you are honoured, while we are disgraced.
1Cor 2:3 1Cor 3:18 Acts 17:18 Acts 26:24 2Cor 13:9 1Cor 2:14 1Cor 3:2
11 To this day, we go short of food and drink and clothes, we are beaten up and we have no homes;
Rom 8:35 2Cor 11:23-27 Phil 4:12 2Tim 3:11 Matt 8:20 1Cor 9:4 2Cor 4:8
12 we earn our living by labouring with our own hands; when we are cursed, we answer with a blessing; when we are hounded, we endure it passively;
1Pet 3:9 Acts 18:3 Matt 5:11 Rom 12:14 Rom 12:20 1Pet 4:12-14 Luke 6:28
13 when we are insulted, we give a courteous answer. We are treated even now as the dregs of the world, the very lowest scum.
Lam 3:45 Acts 22:22
14 I am writing all this not to make you ashamed but simply to remind you, as my dear children;
1Thess 2:11 1Cor 4:15 1Cor 6:5 1Cor 9:15 1Cor 15:34 1Thess 5:14 2Cor 6:11-13
15 for even though you might have ten thousand slaves to look after you in Christ, you still have no more than one father, and it was I who fathered you in Christ Jesus, by the gospel.
1Cor 3:10 Gal 4:19 1Cor 3:6 1Cor 9:1-2 1Cor 9:12 1Cor 9:14 1Cor 9:18
16 That is why I urge you to take me as your pattern
2Thess 3:9 1Cor 11:1 Phil 3:17 1Thess 1:6 Heb 13:7 Phil 4:9 1Pet 5:3
17 and why I have sent you Timothy, a dear and faithful son to me in the Lord, who will remind you of my principles of conduct in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church.
1Cor 7:17 1Cor 16:10 1Tim 1:2 1Cor 14:33 1Cor 16:1 2Tim 1:2 1Cor 7:25
18 On the assumption that I was not coming to you, some of you have become filled with your own self-importance;
1Cor 4:6-8 1Cor 5:2 1Cor 4:21
19 but I shall be coming to you soon, the Lord willing, and then I shall find out not what these self-important people say, but what power they have.
Acts 18:21 Acts 19:21 1Cor 2:6 1Cor 4:18 1Cor 11:34 1Cor 14:5 1Cor 16:5
20 For the kingdom of God consists not in spoken words but in power.
2Cor 10:4-5 1Cor 2:4 1Thess 1:5 Rom 14:17 Rom 1:16 1Cor 1:24 Rom 15:19
21 What do you want then? Am I to come to you with a stick in my hand or in love, and with a spirit of gentleness?
2Cor 13:2 1Thess 2:7 2Cor 1:23 2Cor 12:20-21 2Cor 13:10 2Cor 2:1 2Cor 2:3