1 Corinthians 3:1
1 Corinthians 3:23
C. The Church, God's Cultivated Land and God's Building
1. Growth in Life Needed
1 And I, brothers, was not able to speak to you as to 1aspiritual men, but as to 2bfleshy, as to 3cinfants in Christ.
2 I 1gave you 2amilk to drink, not 2solid bfood, for you were cnot yet able to receive it. But 3neither yet now are you able,
3 For you are still afleshly. For if there is 1bjealousy and cstrife among you, are you not fleshly and do you not walk 2according to the manner of man?
4 For when someone says, aI am of Paul, and another, I of Apollos, are you not men of flesh?
5 What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? aMinisters through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave to beach one of them.
6 aI 1planted, bApollos watered, but cGod caused the growth.
7 So then 1neither is he who plants aanything nor he who waters, but God who causes the growth.
8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one, but aeach will receive his own 1breward according to his own clabor.
9 For we are 1God's afellow workers; you are God's 2bcultivated land, God's cbuilding.
2. Built with Transformed Materials,
Not with Natural Things
10 According to the agrace of God given to me, as a wise 1master builder I have blaid a cfoundation, and danother ebuilds upon it. But let each man 2take heed how he fbuilds upon it.
11 For 1aanother foundation no one is able to lay besides bthat which is laid, which is Jesus cChrist.
12 1But if anyone builds upon the foundation 2gold, silver, precious stones, 3wood, grass, stubble,
13 The work of each will become amanifest; for 1bthe day will declare it, because it is revealed by 2cfire, and the fire itself will dprove each one's work, of what sort it is.
14 If anyone's 1work which he has built upon the foundation remains, he will receive a 2areward;
15 If anyone's 1work is consumed, he will suffer 2loss, but he himself will be 3asaved, yet so as 4through bfire.
16 Do you not know that you are the 1atemple of God, and that the bSpirit of God dwells in you?
17 If anyone 1adestroys the temple of God, God will 2destroy him; for the temple of God is 3holy, and 4such are you.
3. All Things for the Church
and the Church for Christ
18 Let no one 1adeceive himself; if anyone 2bthinks that he is cwise among you in this age, let him 3become foolish that he may 4become wise.
19 For the wisdom of this world is afoolishness with God; for it is written, b"He grasps the wise in their craftiness'';
20 And again, a"The Lord knows the reasonings of the wise, that they are 1vain.''
21 So then let no one aboast in men, for ball things are yours,
22 Whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or alife or death or things present or things to come; 1all are yours,
23 But you are aChrist's, and Christ is bGod's.