Friday, September 21, 2012

Misplaced Emphasis on Pastors and Leaders

To be entranced by Paul or Apollos betrays an astounding lack of wisdom, for these men are simply servants and all growth comes from God (1 Cor. 3:5-9).  Boasting in human ministers is foolish, and it is a manifestation of the wisdom of the present world because it loses sight of God and the truth that all things are gifts to believers (1 Cor 3:18-23).  Paul's suffering and weakness, then, are not incidental to his ministry but constitutive of it.  His suffering reminded his hearers that the glory and power belonged to God rather than Paul.  Any cult-like devotion to Paul or Apollos was fundamentally misguided since it detracted from the glory of God and honored servants rather than the only Lord.
Thomas Schreiner, Paul, Apostle of God's Glory in Christ

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