1 Corinthians 3 New American Standard Bible

Laborers Together with God

3 1  And I, brethren , could not speak to you as to spiritual men , but as to men of flesh , as to infants in Christ . 2  I gave you milk to drink , not solid food ; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed , even now you are not yet able , 3  for you are still fleshly . For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly , and are you not walking like mere men ? 4  For when one says , "I am of Paul ," and another , "I am of Apollos ," are you not mere men ?

5  What then is Apollos ? And what is Paul ? Servants through whom you believed , even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one . 6  I planted , Apollos watered , but God was causing the growth . 7  So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything , but God who causes the growth . 8  Now he who plants and he who waters are one ; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor . 9  For we are God's fellow workers ; you are God's field , God's building . 10  According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation , and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it.

11  For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid , which is Jesus Christ . 12  Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold , silver , precious stones , wood , hay , straw , 13  each man's work will become evident ; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire , and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work . 14  If any man's work which he has built on it remains , he will receive a reward . 15  If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss ; but he himself will be saved , yet so as through fire .

16  Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17  If any man destroys the temple of God , God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy , and that is what you are.

18  Let no man deceive himself . If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age , he must become foolish , so that he may become wise . 19  For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God . For it is written , "He is THE ONE WHO CATCHES THE WISE IN THEIR CRAFTINESS "; 20  and again , " THE Lord KNOWS THE REASONINGS of the wise , THAT THEY ARE USELESS ."

21  So then let no one boast in men . For all things belong to you, 22  whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or things present or things to come ; all things belong to you, 23  and you belong to Christ ; and Christ belongs to God .

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