1 Corinthians - 3


1And so, brothers, I was not able to talk to you as spiritual people; I had to talk to you as people stilliving by your natural inclinations, stil infants in Christ; 2I fed you with milk and not solid food, for you were not yet able to take it -- and even now, you are stilnot able to, 3for you are still living by your natural inclinations. As long as there are jealousy and rivalry among you,that surely means that you are stil living by your natural inclinations and by merely human principles. 4While there is one that says, 'I belong to Paul' and another that says, 'I belong to Apol os' are you notbeing only too human? 5For what is Apollos and what is Paul? The servants through whom you came to believe, and each hasonly what the Lord has given him. 6I did the planting, Apol os did the watering, but God gave growth. 7In this, neither the planter nor the waterer counts for anything; only God, who gives growth. 8It is al one who does the planting and who does the watering, and each will have the proper pay for thework that he has done. 9After all, we do share in God's work; you are God's farm, God's building. 10By the grace of God which was given to me, I laid the foundations like a trained master-builder, andsomeone else is building on them. Now each one must be careful how he does the building. 11For nobody can lay down any other foundation than the one which is there already, namely JesusChrist. 12On this foundation, different people may build in gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay or straw 13but each person's handiwork wil be shown for what it is. The Day which dawns in fire will make it clearand the fire itself wil test the quality of each person's work. 14The one whose work stands up to it wil be given his wages; 15the one whose work is burnt down wil suffer the loss of it, though he himself will be saved; he wil besaved as someone might expect to be saved from a fire. 16Do you not realise that you are a temple of God with the Spirit of God living in you? 17If anybody should destroy the temple of God, God will destroy that person, because God's temple isholy; and you are that temple. 18There is no room for self-delusion. Any one of you who thinks he is wise by worldly standards mustlearn to be a fool in order to be real y wise. 19For the wisdom of the world is folly to God. As scripture says: He traps the crafty in the snare of theirown cunning 20and again: The Lord knows the plans of the wise and how insipid they are. 21So there is to be no boasting about human beings: everything belongs to you, 22whether it is Paul, or Apol os, or Cephas, the world, life or death, the present or the future -- al belongto you; 23but you belong to Christ and Christ belongs to God.
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