1 Corinthians 4
Paul sheweth in what account such as he should be held, of whose fidelity it should be left to God to judge. He dissuadeth the Corinthians from valuing themselves in one teacher above another, since all had their respective distinctions from God. To their self-sufficient vanity he opposeth his own despised and afflicted state; warning them, as their only father in Christ, and urging them to follow him. For the same cause he sent Timotheus, and meant soon to follow in person, when he would enquire into the authority of such as opposed him.