1 Corinthians 4:8 | July 22

1 Corinthians 4:8 (KJV 1900)

Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye have reigned as kings without us: and I would to God ye did reign, that we also might reign with you.

One of my grandsons once asked me to teach him sarcasm.  He must have thought I was an expert! I told him he would learn it on his own, eventually.  The apostle Paul knew how to be sarcastic to make his point, and he does it in this verse.

For you are already full…rich…reigned as kings, and you did it without us. Imagine that! You did not even need any spiritual guidance to puff yourself up and make yourselves look good. Paul rips into their factions of who is best in the church.

Indeed I could wish you did reign. Wow, if you guys were reigning as kings that would be amazing because you might even allow us (again, is he speaking of Apollos and himself here?) to reign with you!

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