Nkwa Asem

Korintofo I 4

Kristo asomafo

1Ɛsɛ sɛ mubu yɛn sɛ Kristo asomfo a wɔde Onyankopɔn ahintasɛm a nokware wɔ mu no ahyɛ yɛn nsa. Ade baako a wɔhwehwɛ afi onipa a wɔde ahintasɛm no ahyɛ ne nsa no ne sɛ, obedi ne wura no nokware. Sɛ mo anaa onipa bi bu me atɛn mprempren a ɛmfa me ho. M’ankasa nso mimmu me ho atɛn. M’adwene mu yɛ fann nanso ɛno nkyerɛ sɛ midi bem fitaa. Awurade nko ara na obu me atɛn.

Enti ɛnsɛ sɛ mubu obiara atɛn kosi sɛ bere a ɛsɛ bɛba. Awurade ba mu no na wobebu atɛn a etwa to. Ɔbɛda nea ahintaw wɔ sum mu no adi na wada nea ahintaw wɔ nnipa koma mu no nso adi. Na nkamfo a ɛsɛ sɛ onipa biara nya fi Onyankopɔn hɔ no, wɔakamfo no.

Anuanom, mo nti mede Apolo ne me ayɛ nhwɛso sɛnea ɛbɛma mo asua asɛm a ɛka se, “Di mmara pa so” no. Ɛnsɛ sɛ mo mu biara de onipa bi hoahoa ne ho na obu ɔfoforo nso onipa teta. Hena na ɔka kyerɛɛ wo se wokorɔn sen afoforo? Ɛnyɛ Onyankopɔn na ɔde biribiara a wowɔ no maa wo? Na adɛn nti na wode hoahoa wo ho sɛnea ɛnyɛ akyɛde?

Biribiara a mohwehwɛ no, mo nsa aka dedaw! Moyɛ adefo dedaw. Moayeyɛ ahemfo nanso yɛnyɛ bi! Nokwarem, anka mepɛ sɛ moyɛ ahemfo na anka yɛn nso yɛyɛ ahemfo bɛka mo ho. Ɛyɛ me sɛ yɛn asomafo yi de, Onyankopɔn de yɛn atwa to sɛ nnipa bi a wɔabu wɔn kumfɔ wɔ bagua mu sɛ nnipa ne wiase abɔfo nyinaa nhwɛ.

10 Kristo nti, yɛyɛ nkwaseafo, nanso moyɛ anyansafo wɔ Kristo mu. Yɛyɛ mmerɛw, nanso moyɛ den. Wommu yɛn nanso wobu mo. 11 Ebesi saa bere yi mu ɔkɔm ne sukɔm de yɛn. Yefura ntamagow; wɔhwe yɛn; yedi atutena; 12 yɛyɛ adwuma a ɛyɛ den de hwɛ yɛn ho. Wɔdome yɛn a, yehyira; wɔhwe yɛn a yegyina ano. 13 Wɔyaw yɛn a, yɛde kasa pa bua. Yɛte sɛ wiase yi mu wura bi a yɛnka hwee de besi nnɛ.

14 Ɛnyɛ sɛ mepɛ sɛ migu mo anim ase nti na mekyerɛw saa nhoma yi brɛɛ mo. Na mmom mepɛ sɛ mekyerɛ mo kwan sɛ me ara me mma a medɔ wɔn. 15 Na sɛ mowɔ ahwɛfo ɔpedu mpo wɔ mo asetena mu wɔ Kristo mu a, mowɔ agya baako pɛ. Na mo nkwa a ɛwɔ Kristo Yesu mu no nti, menam Asɛmpa a meka kyerɛɛ mo no so abɛyɛ mo agya. 16 Mesrɛ mo sɛ munsuasua me.

17 Ɛnam eyi so nti, meresoma Timoteo na waba mo nkyɛn. Ɔyɛ m’ankasa me dɔ ba a odi me nokware wɔ Awurade mu. Ɔbɛkaekae mo m’akwan foforo a menam so di Kristo Yesu akyi ne nkyerɛkyerɛ a mekyerɛkyerɛ wɔ asafo biara a mekɔ mu no.

18 Mo mu bi ayɛ ahantan, susuw sɛ meremmɛsra mo. 19 Sɛ Awurade pɛ a, ɛrenkyɛ biara mɛba mo nkyɛn na m’ankasa mabɛhwɛ dwuma a saa ahantanfo yi betumi adi na ɛnyɛ asɛm a wɔbɛka no. 20 Onyankopɔn ahenni no nyɛ nsɛm na ɛyɛ tumi. 21 Emu nea ɛwɔ he na mopɛ? Memmɛbɔ mo mmaa anaa koma a ɔdɔ wɔ mu na ebu ade na memfa mmra mo nkyɛn?

The Message

1 Corinthians 4

11-4 Don’t imagine us leaders to be something we aren’t. We are servants of Christ, not his masters. We are guides into God’s most sublime secrets, not security guards posted to protect them. The requirements for a good guide are reliability and accurate knowledge. It matters very little to me what you think of me, even less where I rank in popular opinion. I don’t even rank myself. Comparisons in these matters are pointless. I’m not aware of anything that would disqualify me from being a good guide for you, but that doesn’t mean much. The Master makes that judgment.

So don’t get ahead of the Master and jump to conclusions with your judgments before all the evidence is in. When he comes, he will bring out in the open and place in evidence all kinds of things we never even dreamed of—inner motives and purposes and prayers. Only then will any one of us get to hear the “Well done!” of God.

All I’m doing right now, friends, is showing how these things pertain to Apollos and me so that you will learn restraint and not rush into making judgments without knowing all the facts. It’s important to look at things from God’s point of view. I would rather not see you inflating or deflating reputations based on mere hearsay.

7-8 For who do you know that really knows you, knows your heart? And even if they did, is there anything they would discover in you that you could take credit for? Isn’t everything you have and everything you are sheer gifts from God? So what’s the point of all this comparing and competing? You already have all you need. You already have more access to God than you can handle. Without bringing either Apollos or me into it, you’re sitting on top of the world—at least God’s world—and we’re right there, sitting alongside you!

9-13 It seems to me that God has put us who bear his Message on stage in a theater in which no one wants to buy a ticket. We’re something everyone stands around and stares at, like an accident in the street. We’re the Messiah’s misfits. You might be sure of yourselves, but we live in the midst of frailties and uncertainties. You might be well-thought-of by others, but we’re mostly kicked around. Much of the time we don’t have enough to eat, we wear patched and threadbare clothes, we get doors slammed in our faces, and we pick up odd jobs anywhere we can to eke out a living. When they call us names, we say, “God bless you.” When they spread rumors about us, we put in a good word for them. We’re treated like garbage, potato peelings from the culture’s kitchen. And it’s not getting any better.

14-16 I’m not writing all this as a neighborhood scold just to make you feel rotten. I’m writing as a father to you, my children. I love you and want you to grow up well, not spoiled. There are a lot of people around who can’t wait to tell you what you’ve done wrong, but there aren’t many fathers willing to take the time and effort to help you grow up. It was as Jesus helped me proclaim God’s Message to you that I became your father. I’m not, you know, asking you to do anything I’m not already doing myself.

17 This is why I sent Timothy to you earlier. He is also my dear son, and true to the Master. He will refresh your memory on the instructions I regularly give all the churches on the way of Christ.

18-20 I know there are some among you who are so full of themselves they never listen to anyone, let alone me. They don’t think I’ll ever show up in person. But I’ll be there sooner than you think, God willing, and then we’ll see if they’re full of anything but hot air. God’s Way is not a matter of mere talk; it’s an empowered life.

21 So how should I prepare to come to you? As a severe disciplinarian who makes you toe the mark? Or as a good friend and counselor who wants to share heart-to-heart with you? You decide.