1 Corinthians 3

Divisions in the Church

1 And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to a babes in Christ. 2 I fed you with b milk and not with solid food; c for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; 3 for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and 1 behaving like mere men? 4 For when one says, "I am of Paul," and another, "I am of Apollos," are you not carnal?

5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but d ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? 6 e I planted, f Apollos watered, g but God gave the increase. 7 So then h 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 one, i and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 9 For j we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, you are k God's building.

10 l According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid m the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than n that which is laid, o which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one's work will become clear; for the Day p will declare it, because q it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone's work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone's work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

16 r Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone 2 defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

18 s Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, 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, t "He catches the wise in their own craftiness"; 3 20 and again, u "The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile." 4 21 Therefore let no one boast in men. For v 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 w you are Christ's, and Christ is God's.

  1. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 2:6
    However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
    Ephesians 4:14
    That we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting.
    Hebrews 5:13
    For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.
  2. Cross References
    Hebrews 5:12
    For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.
    1 Peter 2:2
    As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.
  3. Cross References
    John 16:12
    I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
  4. Cross References
    Romans 15:16
    That I might be a minister of Jesus Christ to t...
    2 Corinthians 3:3
    Clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministere...
    2 Corinthians 3:6
    Who also made us sufficient as ministers of the...
    2 Corinthians 4:1
    Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we h...
    2 Corinthians 5:18
    Now all things are of God, who has reconciled u...
    2 Corinthians 6:4
    But in all things we commend ourselves as minis...
    Ephesians 3:7
    Of which I became a minister according to the g...
    Colossians 1:25
    Of which I became a minister according to the s...
    1 Timothy 1:12
    And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabl...
  5. Cross References
    Acts 18:4
    And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded both Jews and Greeks.
    1 Corinthians 4:15
    For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
    1 Corinthians 9:1
    Am I not an apostle? Am I not free? Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord?
    1 Corinthians 15:1
    Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand.
    2 Corinthians 10:14
    For we are not overextending ourselves (as though our authority did not extend to you), for it was to you that we came with the gospel of Christ.
  6. Cross References
    Acts 18:24 - 27
    Now a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures, came to Ephesus.
    1 Corinthians 1:12
    Now I say this, that each of you says, "I am of Paul," or "I am of Apollos," or "I am of Cephas," or "I am of Christ.
  7. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 3:5
    Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God.
  8. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 12:11
    I have become a fool in boasting; you have compelled me. For I ought to have been commended by you; for in nothing was I behind the most eminent apostles, though I am nothing.
    Galatians 6:3
    For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
  9. Cross References
    Psalms 62:12
    Also to You, O Lord, belongs mercy; For You render to each one according to his work.
    Romans 2:6
    Who "will render to each one according to his deeds":
  10. Cross References
    Mark 16:20
    And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.
    Acts 15:4
    And when they had come to Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the apostles and the elders; and they reported all things that God had done with them.
    2 Corinthians 6:1
    We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain.
  11. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 3:16
    Do you not know that you are the temple of God ...
    Ephesians 2:20 - 22
    Having been built on the foundation of the apos...
    Colossians 2:7
    Rooted and built up in Him and established in t...
    Hebrews 3:3
    For this One has been counted worthy of more gl...
    Hebrews 3:4
    For every house is built by someone, but He who...
    1 Peter 2:5
    You also, as living stones, are being built up ...
  12. Cross References
    Romans 1:5
    Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name.
  13. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 4:15
    For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
  14. Cross References
    Isaiah 28:16
    Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; Whoever believes will not act hastily.
    Matthew 16:18
    And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
    2 Corinthians 11:4
    For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted - you may well put up with it!
  15. Cross References
    Ephesians 2:20
    Having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone.
    1 Peter 2:4
    Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious.
  16. Cross References
    1 Peter 1:7
    That the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
  17. Cross References
    Malachi 3:1 - 3
    Behold, I send My messenger, And he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, Will suddenly come to His temple, Even the Messenger of the covenant, In whom you delight. Behold, He is coming," Says the LORD of hosts.
    Luke 2:35
    "(yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."
  18. Cross References
    Romans 8:9
    But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.
    1 Corinthians 6:19
    Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
    2 Corinthians 6:16
    And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.
    Ephesians 2:21
    In whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.
  19. Cross References
    Proverbs 3:7
    Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil.
  20. Cross References
    Job 5:13
    He catches the wise in their own craftiness, And the counsel of the cunning comes quickly upon them.
  21. Cross References
    Psalms 94:11
    The LORD knows the thoughts of man, That they are futile.
  22. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 4:5
    For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus' sake.
  23. Cross References
    Romans 14:8
    For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's.
    1 Corinthians 15:23
    But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming.
    2 Corinthians 10:7
    Do you look at things according to the outward appearance? If anyone is convinced in himself that he is Christ's, let him again consider this in himself, that just as he is Christ's, even so we are Christ's.
    Galatians 3:29
    And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
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