Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of I Corinthians Chapter 4
Metaphysically Interpreting I Corinthians 4:14-21
4:14I write not these things to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved children. 4:15For though ye have ten thousand tutors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I begat you through the gospel. 4:16I beseech you therefore, be ye imitators of me. 4:17For this cause have I sent unto you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, who shall put you in remembrance of my ways which are in Christ, even as I teach everywhere in every church. 4:18Now some are puffed up, as though I were not coming to you. 4:19But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will; and I will know, not the word of them that are puffed up, but the power. 4:20For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power. 4:21What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of gentleness?
June 11, 1939: I Cor. 4:14-21
Why should men imitate the word of Truth? As children imitate the parents because they know no one else so well, so followers of the Christ express the word of Truth wholeheartedly, because they know no other expression.
Why is the kingdom of God in power, rather than in word? The kingdom of God is revealed through a man's consciousness of power, rather than through the words he speaks. The latter may be empty, but power is self-revealing, and cannot be hidden.
Transcribed by Lloyd Kinder on 11-09-2013