Do not exceed what is written ( 1st Corinthians 4:6 )

1st 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.

Pretext

Here is the pretext :-

1 Corinthians 10:16
Link ( KJV )

  • Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
  • For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
  • Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
  • Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?
  • I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;
  • Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.
  • And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.

Reading

Let us read into the pretext a bit.

Paul is making a point of saying the following :-

  1. Uniformity in teaching is paramount
  2. What we hear and how we judge those words should reflect the rigor and essentials of the read and preached word
  3. Baptism is unto Jesus and not unto the preacher/teacher
  4. Trying to play the number game via baptismal should likely not be a motivation

Bible Verses

  1. Deuteronomy
    • he said to them, “Take to heart all these words I testify among you today, so that you may command your children to carefully follow all the words of this law. For they are not idle words to you, because they are your life, and by them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.”
      ( Deuteronomy 32:47 ) [ Link ]
  2.  Proverbs
    • The Words of Agur …Every word of God is flawless; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you and prove you a liar. ( Proverbs 30:6 ) [ Link ]
  3.  Matthew
    • But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. ( Matthew 15:9 )  [ Link ]
    • Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
      ( Matthew 28:20 )  [ Link ]
  4. Luke
    • The Walk to Emmaus
      • Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures ( Luke 24:27 ) [ Link ]
  5. Acts
    • They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. ( Acts 2:42 )  [ Link ]
  6.  Hebrews
    • They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” ( Hebrew 8:5 )  [ Link ]
  7. 1st Peter
    • If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth ( 1 Peter 4:11 )
      [ Link ]
  8. 2 John
    • Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work. ( 2 John 9:11 )  [ Link ]
  9. Titus
    • Teaching Sound Doctrine
      • But as for you, speak the things that are consistent with sound doctrine. Older men are to be temperate, dignified, self-controlled, and sound in faith, love, and perseverance.
        Older women, likewise, are to be reverent in their behavior, not slanderers or addicted to much wine, but teachers of good.…( Titus 2:2 )  [ Link ]
      • …In the same way, urge the younger men to be self-controlled.
        In everything, show yourself to be an example by doing good works. In your teaching show integrity, dignity, and wholesome speech that is above reproach, so that anyone who opposes us will be ashamed to have nothing bad to say about us.… ( Titus 2:7 )  [ Link ]
  10. 2 Corinthians
    • But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
      ( 2 Corinthians 4:2 ) [ Link ]
  11.  Revelations
    • Your righteous acts have been revealed
      After this I looked, and the temple— the Tabernacle of the Testimony— was opened in heaven. 
      ( Revelation 15:5 )  [ Link ]
    • For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
      And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
      ( Revelation 22:18-19 ) [ Link ]

Videos

  1. Jacob Prasch
    • Jacob Prasch Do we pray to the Holy Spirit April 14 2016 – Andrew R
      • Profile
        • Jacob Prasch Do we pray to the Holy Spirit April 14 2016 – Andrew R
      • Videos
        • Video #1
          Channel :- Teaching by Jacob Prasch: Do we pray to the Holy Spirit.
          Link

In depth

Jacob Prasch

Jacob Prasch Do we pray to the Holy Spirit April 14 2016 – Andrew R

  1. Gifts
    • When gifts become the main say, it leads to spiritual pride

Referenced Work

  1. bible.ca
    • The Expository Files
      • Do Not Exceed That Which Is Written
        Link
  2. Andy Sochor
    • planbibleteaching.com
      • Do Not Exceed What Is Written
        Link

 

In Closing

I really like Matthew Henry’s commentary on Acts 2:42-47 …
Link

2:42-47 In these verses we have the history of the truly primitive church, of the first days of it; its state of infancy indeed, but, like that, the state of its greatest innocence. They kept close to holy ordinances, and abounded in piety and devotion; for Christianity, when admitted in the power of it, will dispose the soul to communion with God in all those ways wherein he has appointed us to meet him, and has promised to meet us. The greatness of the event raised them above the world, and the Holy Ghost filled them with such love, as made every one to be to another as to himself, and so made all things common, not by destroying property, but doing away selfishness, and causing charity. And God who moved them to it, knew that they were quickly to be driven from their possessions in Judea. The Lord, from day to day, inclined the hearts of more to embrace the gospel; not merely professors, but such as were actually brought into a state of acceptance with God, being made partakers of regenerating grace. Those whom God has designed for eternal salvation, shall be effectually brought to Christ, till the earth is filled with the knowledge of his glory.

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