You are already filled, you have already become rich, you have become kings without us; and indeed, I
wish that you had become kings so that we also might reign with you!
For I think, God has exhibited us, the apostles, last of all as men condemned to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to mankind.
We are fools on account of Christ, but you are prudent in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are without honor!
Up to this present hour we are both hungry and thirsty, and are poorly clothed and roughly treated and homeless;
and we labor, working with our own hands; when we are verbally abused, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it;
when we are slandered, we reply as friends; we have become as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things, even
I do not write these things to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved children.
For if you were to have countless tutors in Christ, yet you would
many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.
Therefore I urge you, be imitators of me.
For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, and he will remind you of my ways which are in Christ, just as I teach everywhere in every church.
Now some have become arrogant, as though I were not coming to you.
But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I shall find out, not the words of those who are arrogant, but their power.
For the kingdom of God is not in words, but in power.