Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
I know [about] your suffering and your poverty (but you are [really] rich), and the slander of those who say they are Jews, though they [really] are not, but are a synagogue of Satan [i.e., they claimed to be an assembly of God's people, but in reality were serving Satan].
He has filled the hungry with good things and has sent the rich away empty-handed.
But it is too bad for you rich people because you have [already] received [all] the comforts [you are going to get].
The Pharisee stood up [conspicuously] and prayed about himself this way [i.e., bragging to God about how good he was], 'God, I thank you that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, sexually unfaithful to their mates, or even like that tax collector [over there].
True, but they [i.e., the Jews] were [really] broken off because they did not believe [in Christ], and you [Gentiles] remain [in God's favor] because you do believe [in Him]. So, do not become arrogant [about it], but be fearful.
And because of God's unearned favor shown to me [i.e., in appointing me to be an apostle], I am telling every person among you not to think he is more important than he really is. Instead, he should have a sensible estimate [of his gifts] in harmony with the degree of faith God has given to each person.
1 Corinthians 4:8
[Now] you already have all you want! You have already become wealthy! You have begun to rule as kings without our help! How I wish that you had [really] begun to rule as kings, so that we also could rule with you!
When Jesus heard this, He said, "People who are healthy do not need a doctor; but [only] sick people do.
But if you call yourselves "Jews," and [claim to] rely on the law of Moses, and brag about [belonging to] God;
"Those persons who feel a deep sense of their personal need are blessed because the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.
What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body doomed to [spiritual] death?
Some Pharisees, who were with Jesus, heard [Him say] these things, and replied, "Are we blind, too?"
2 Peter 1:9
But, anyone who lacks these qualities is [spiritually] blind and shortsighted, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed [i.e., forgiven] of his past sins.
Look therefore [to see] whether or not the light that is in you [i.e., your perspective on things] might [actually] be darkness [i.e., a distorted perspective].
1 Corinthians 10:12
So, the person who thinks he is standing firm [in the faith] should pay attention [to his life], so that he does not fall [away from God].