Imitate Me As I Imitate Christ: What Does 1 Corinthians 11:1 Mean?


1 Corinthians 11:1 reads, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” King James Version (KJV)

Translation1 Corinthians 11:1
ESVBe imitators of me, as I am of Christ.
NASBBe imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.
NIVFollow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
NLTAnd you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.

Imitate Me As I Imitate Christ: Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

11:1 The first verse of this chapter seems properly to be the close to the last. The apostle not only preached such doctrine as they ought to believe, but led such a life as they ought to live.

Yet Christ being our perfect example, the actions and conduct of men, as related in the Scriptures, should be followed only so far as they are like to his.

1 Corinthians 11:1 | Pulpit Bible Commentary

Verse 1. – Followers of me; rather, imitators of me; follow herein my example, as I follow Christ’s. What Christ’s example was, in that he too “pleased not himself,” he sets forth in Romans 15:1-3; and the general principle of self abnegation for the sake of others in Philippians 2:4-8.

This verse ought to be included in ch. 10. It sums up the whole argument, and explains the long digression of ch. 9. As I also am of Christ. This limits the reference to his own example. I only ask you to imitate me in points in which I imitate Christ.

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