“For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.”
King James Version (KJV)
4:15 I have begotten you - This excludes not only Apollos, his successor, but also Silas and Timothy, his companions; and the relation between a spiritual father and his children brings with it an inexpressible nearness and affection.
1Co 4:15 [Have ye] not many fathers. They might have many tutors, who sought to train them as children, but Paul was their father who had begotten [them] through the gospel; that is, converted them.