1 Corinthians 4

1 Corinthians 4:14

I do not write these things to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved children.

Beloved children. The original word (agapetos) means dearly loved, esteemed, favorite and worthy of love. It is closely related to a verb (agapao) that means to be well pleased or fond of or contented. This word captures God’s heart for you. Your heavenly Father is fond of you. You are his esteemed favorite and he is well pleased with you. He looks at you with a feeling of deep contentment knowing that you are his dearly loved child. All the epistle writers referred to believers as the beloved or dearly-loved children of God (see entry for Rom. 1:7).

1 Corinthians 4:20

For the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power.

Any false apostle or teacher can talk a good line, but the evidence of the gospel is the supernatural power to save, heal, and deliver people (Rom. 1:17). Wherever Paul travelled, lives were transformed. People were added to the kingdom of God, sick people were healed, and the oppressed were set free (2 Cor. 12:12).

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