1Cor 4:9,10 Apostle TV

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May 3, 2023, 6:38:05 AM5/3/23
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1Cor 4:9,10  For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like men condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men. We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored!

Obviously Paul is speaking facetiously here. We cannot live the Christian life vicariously. The lives of the apostles serve as examples to live by, and don't  merely serve as a form of entertainment or something to vainly worship. They are not to be made statues and bowed down to. They are to be imitated.  The real history of Biblical Christianity is not a history of merely a few famous men, but is dominated by ordinary Christians moved by the Spirit of God to live the Christian life according to the Bible.

Like little children playing at home, unaware of the struggles their parents must face in the world, so is many a saint dwelling the church. Facing the world with the gospel is much different than facing other Christians with the gospel. If you're simply among those who agree with you, then what challenges have you faced? What risks have you taken for the gospel and what risks have you been avoiding unnecessarily? What sacrifices have you made and what have you unnecessarily withheld?

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