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1 Corinthians Chapter 3

1 Brothers, I couldn't speak to you as to spiritual, but as to fleshly, as to babies in Christ.

2 I fed you with milk, not with meat; for you weren't yet ready. Indeed, you aren't ready even now,

3 for you are still fleshly. For insofar as there is jealousy, strife, and factions amongst you, aren't you fleshly, and don't you walk in the ways of men?

4 For when one says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos," aren't you fleshly?

5 Who then is Apollos, and who is Paul, but servants through whom you believed, and each as the Lord gave to him?

6 I planted. Apollos watered. But God gave the increase.

7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.

8 Now he who plants and he who waters are the same, but each will receive his own reward according to his own labour.

9 For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's farming, God's building.

10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another builds on it. But let each man be careful how he builds on it.

11 For no one can lay any other foundation than that which has been laid, which is Jesus Christ.

12 But if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or stubble,

13 each man's work will be revealed. For the Day will declare it, because it is revealed in fire; and the fire itself will test what sort of work each man's work is.

14 If any man's work remains which he built on it, he will receive a reward.

15 If any man's work is burnt, he will suffer loss, but he himself will be saved, but as through fire.

16 Don't you know that you are a temple of God, and that God's Spirit lives in you?

17 If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is holy, which you are.

18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone thinks that he is wise amongst you in this world, let him become a fool, that he may become wise.

19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, "He has taken the wise in their craftiness."

20 And again, "The Lord knows the reasoning of the wise, that it is worthless."

21 Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours,

22 whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come. All are yours,

23 and you are Christ's, and Christ is God's.

Footnotes

Verse 19
Job 5:13
Verse 20
Psalm 94:11

Version: World English Bible


1 Corinthians Chapter 3 Guide

The reason for the schisms was that these people were carnal. "Jealousy and strife" are evidences of carnality. Proceeding, Paul declared the true value of the Christian ministry. "For we are God's fellow-workers." The sublimity of their work is evidenced by the fact that they are co-operating with God. The foundation of the building is Jesus Christ. On that great foundation other men are building. Some of the work is precious and permanent, of the nature of gold, silver, costly stones. It may be some of it is unworthy-wood, hay, stubble. The nature of the work is to be revealed in the great fire baptism, which is to be the final process before the completion of God's great building. Thus it is evident that the matter of supreme importance is the building.

The purpose of the building is revealed in the statement, "Ye are a sanctuary of God." The word "sanctuary" here is of especial value as indicating not merely a temple, but a temple appropriated to its true use, a dwelling.

In the light of this statement concerning the Church the apostle wrote the solemn warning, "If any man spoil the temple of God, him shall God spoil." The apostle sums up and endorses his argument that the "wisdom of the age" is foolishness with God.

If a man turn from this foolishness to the wisdom of God he possesses all things. The teachers themselves- Paul, Apollos, Cephas; all the facts that touch personality and affect it- "the world," "life," "death," "things present," "things to come"-all these are possessed by the man who has learned his own folly and glories alone in the Lord. Such a man not only possesses, he is possessed. He is Christ's1 And, yet again, the final safety is God Himself, for "Christ is God's."

From "An Exposition of the Whole Bible" by G. Campbell Morgan.