1 Corinthians 4:6

Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not be puffed up in being a follower of one of us over against the other.


6 thoughts on “1 Corinthians 4:6”

  1. Lord forgive me for not commenting online for this verse last week. And I only ask your forgiveness, Lord, because I am positive that no one else viewed it 🙂 So, I feel that I am going to break my own rule for the first time and hopefully rare occasion. I am gonna let this one go on for two weeks, so I can post my comments. So be it!


  2. I posted this verse as yet another example of an abused verse. I’ve heard many preachers say that their church teaches only the bible, and they go verse by verse instead of “jumping” around as in a “topical” teaching… and this verse is seemingly confirming their assertion.
    First of all, considering that Paul’s words, here in THIS letter to THIS group in Corinth, are in fact extraneous to or at least expounding upon “what is written” – we must conclude that the contextual meaning of “do not go beyond what is written” is something other than Just-Bible-No-Topics. Plus immediately after bragging about this policy, they’ll deliver a teaching rife with cross-references & plenty of “jumping”.
    So I’m not calling these people liars; I’m calling them delusional if they think all they’re doing is reading the bible to their students.


  3. Secondly, the actual contextual meaning of the verse is two-fold. Paul is trying to get them to grasp the basics of the Gospel first before they attempt to know spicier & more meaty doctrines. “Do not go beyond what is written” is meant to get them to return to their first revelation, Jesus Christ. When the scriptures opened up for them and revealed Christ, that’s all that mattered… and they were getting along like peas in a pod at that time. The next test for us is to see if we can keep that very foundational Gospel as we encounter jealousy, disputes, and other carnal temptations. Paul seems to think that, as a group, they are salvageable… unlike the guy that’s dating his own father’s wife (1 Cor 5:1-5).
    Paul does want them to “behave”, but more that, he wants them to have that relationship with Jesus Christ. The kind of relationship that produces faith which, in turn, produces obedience. Which reminds me of a verse that the Lord impelled me to study for a good term. It is Romans 1:5. Actually it was verses 1 through 6, but verse 5 is the one concerning obedience that comes through faith. Now if that doesn’t ring a sweet bell of clarification of truth in your mind about the value of just “behaving”…
    Behaving in a religious manner is a MUCH different dynamic than acting upon faith, acting from a relationship with Jesus Christ which can give us a real knowing of why obedience is our choice for a given situation.


  4. The other contextual meaning is that all glory is the Lord’s, not Apollos’, not Paul’s. We mustn’t splinter the church by giving “credit” or glory to any pastor, priest, or prophet. It is an epidemic in America for Christians to size up another Christian by asking, “Where do you go to church?” Not only do they want to know if you are in fact penned-in somewhere and “in fellowship”, but they also want to know who is getting the glory of restraining you to their pew… who is getting your ear, your heart, your devotion?
    If someone reading this IS devoted to a certain congregation and being “pastored” by a certain man – you might be feeling a little heated by my comments, but I just mean to inspire you to give ALL glory to the Lord, not to your congregation, not to your pastor, and certainly don’t ever give yourself any credit 🙂


  5. Jesus is the word in the flesh, don’t go beyond Jesus!A relationship with the Lord who humbles, and also exalts.My spirit agrees with these words. When I look around at the church here in America, reminds me of this verse Matthew 11:12 “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” Matthew 11:29 Jesus said, “learn of me….”


    1. yeah that’s what I mean 🙂 I like that “don’t go beyond Jesus”. So here’s a “pie in the sky” wish… I wish that instead of the old automated question every single time of “Where do you go to church?” – I wish that believers could be more like, “Lord bless you. How are you, sister?” And if they are looking to have discussions or fellowship, they could just ask, “What kinds of gatherings are going on around here that I could go to?”
      I’m personally not interested in joining in on anything, so I am going to bless my brothers & sisters, and then maybe ask “How are you?” That’s it. No one’s gonna get that aforementioned question from ME ever again… in fact it is now henceforth to be known only as the question-that-must-not-be-asked 🙂


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