Paul and Apollos God’s Fellow Workers

1 Brothers, I could not speak to you as to spiritual people, but as to people of the flesh, as to babies in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk, not with meat, for you were not yet ready. Indeed, you are not ready even now, 3 for you are still worldly. For insofar as there is jealousy, strife, and factions among you, are you not worldly, and do you not walk in the ways of men? 4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not worldly?

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 labor. 9 For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.

Christ the Only Foundation

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 on which he built, he will receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work is burned, he will suffer loss, but he himself will be saved, but as through fire.

You are God’s Temple

16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God lives in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him, for God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

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

Worldly Wisdom is Foolishness to God

19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written,

“He has taken the wise in their craftiness.” a

20 And again,

“The Lord knows the reasoning of the wise, that it is worthless.” b

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.

a Job 5:13
b Psalm 94:11

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