Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other. 1 Corinthians 4.6
1 Clement 2
Clement of Rome (fl.ca. 90-100 AD)
“Moreover, ye were all distinguished by humility, and were in no respect puffed up with pride, but yielded obedience rather than extorted it, and were more willing to give than to receive. Content with the provision which God had made for you, and carefully attending to His words, ye were inwardly filled with His doctrine, and His sufferings were before your eyes. Thus a profound and abundant peace was given to you all, and ye had an insatiable desire for doing good, while a full outpouring of the Holy Spirit was upon you all. Full of holy designs, ye did, with true earnestness of mind and a godly conscience, strength forth your hands to God Almighty, beseeching Him to be merciful unto you, if ye had been guilty of any involuntary transgression.”
In his two letters, Paul had urged the Corinthians to stand fast in the Word of God in every aspect of their lives together and their ministry, and to be careful not to go beyond that Word in any detail (1 Cor. 4.6). Clement acknowledged that they had done so, and reinforced for his readers the centrality of the Word of God as the foundation and guideline for every facet and endeavor in building the Church. It’s easy for a church to drift from the Word of God without even recognizing this is happening. Stray from that Word, and troubles soon appear. Keep to it, rest in it, and attend carefully to all it teaches, and peace and good works flow, with the blessing of the Spirit.
How confident are you that every aspect of your own ministry, and that of your church, is founded upon and grounded in the plain teaching of Scripture? Does the Bible serve to direct your every endeavor, or are your ministries organized and conducted by principles and practices imported from the world?
Introduction to Christian Worldview
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