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3:1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
3:2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
3:4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
3:5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
3:7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
3:8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.
3:10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
3:12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
3:13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
3:14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
3:15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
3:20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
3:21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are your's;
3:22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are your's;
3:23 And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's.

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Everything King James Bible:1 Corinthians

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: 1 Corinthians
Book: 1 Corinthians
Chapter: 3

The Corinthians reproved for their contentions. (1-4) The true
servants of Christ can do nothing without him. (5-9) He is the
only foundation, and every one should take heed what he builds
thereon. (10-15) The churches of Christ ought to be kept pure,
and to be humble. (16,17) And they should not Glory in men,
because ministers and all things else are theirs through Christ.

1-4 The most simple truths of the Gospel, as to Man's
sinfulness and God's Mercy, Repentance towards God, and Faith in
our Lord Jesus Christ, stated in the plainest language, suit the
people better than deeper mysteries. Men may have much doctrinal
knowledge, yet be mere beginners in the Life of Faith and
experience. Contentions and quarrels about religion are sad
evidences of carnality. True religion makes men peaceable, not
contentious. But it is to be lamented, that many who should walk
as Christians, live and act too much like other men. Many
professors, and preachers also, show themselves to be yet
Carnal, By vain-glorious strife, eagerness for dispute, and
readiness to despise and speak evil of others.

5-9 The ministers about whom the Corinthians contended, were
only instruments used By God. We should not Put ministers into
the place of God. He that planteth and he that watereth are one,
employed By one Master, trusted with the same Revelation, busied
in one work, and engaged in one design. They have their
different Gifts from one and the same Spirit, for the very same
purposes; and should carry On the same design heartily. Those
who work hardest shall fare best. Those who are most Faithful
shall have the greatest reward. They work together with God, in
promoting the purposes of his Glory, and the Salvation of
precious souls; and He who knows their work, will take care they
do not labour in vain. They are employed in his husbandry and
Building; and He will carefully look over them.

10-15 The Apostle was a Wise master-builder; but the Grace of
God made him such. Spiritual pride is abominable; it is using
the greatest favours of God, to feed our own vanity, and make
idols of ourselves. But let every Man take heed; there may be
bad Building On a good foundation. Nothing must be laid upon it,
but what the foundation will Bear, and what is of a piece with
it. Let us not dare to join a merely human or a Carnal Life with
a Divine Faith, the corruption of Sin with the profession of
Christianity. Christ is a firm, abiding, and immovable Rock of
ages, every way able to Bear all the weight that God himself or
the sinner can lay upon him; neither is there Salvation in any
other. Leave out the doctrine of his Atonement, and there is No
foundation for our hopes. But of those who Rest On this
foundation, there are two sorts. Some Hold nothing but the Truth
as it is in Jesus, and preach nothing else. Others build On the
good foundation what will not abide the test, when the Day of
trial comes. We may be mistaken in ourselves and others; but
there is a Day coming that will show our actions in the true
Light, without covering or disguise. Those who spread true and
pure religion in all its branches, and whose work will abide in
the great Day, shall receive a reward. And how great! how much
exceeding their deserts! There are others, whose corrupt
opinions and doctrines, or vain inventions and usages in the
Worship of God, shall be made known, disowned, and rejected, in
that Day. This is plainly meant of a figurative Fire, not of a
real one; for what real Fire can consume religious rites or
doctrines? And it is to try every Man's Works, those of Paul and
Apollos, as Well as others. Let us consider the tendency of our
undertakings, compare them with God's Word, and Judge ourselves,
that we be not judged of the Lord.

16,17 From other parts of the epistle, it appears that the
false teachers among the Corinthians taught unholy doctrines.
Such teaching tended to corrupt, to pollute, and destroy the
Building, which should be kept pure and holy for God. Those who
spread loose principles, which render the Church of God unholy,
bring Destruction upon themselves. Christ By his Spirit dwells
in all true believers. Christians are holy By profession, and
should be pure and Clean, both in Heart and Conversation. He is
deceived who deems himself the Temple of the Holy Ghost, yet is
unconcerned about personal Holiness, or the peace and purity of
the Church.

18-23 To have a high opinion of our own Wisdom, is but to
flatter ourselves; and self-flattery is the next step to
self-deceit. The Wisdom that worldly men esteem, is foolishness
with God. How justly does he despise, and how easily can he
baffle and confound it! The thoughts of the wisest men in the
world, have vanity, weakness, and folly in them. All this should
teach us to be humble, and make us willing to be taught of God,
So as not to be led away, By pretences to human Wisdom and
skill, from the simple truths revealed By Christ. Mankind are
very apt to oppose the design of the mercies of God. Observe the
spiritual riches of a true believer; "All are yours," even
ministers and ordinances. Nay, the world itself is yours. Saints
have as much of it as Infinite Wisdom sees fit for them, and
they have it with the Divine blessing. Life is yours, that you
may have a season and opportunity to prepare for the Life of
Heaven; and Death is yours, that you may go to the possession of
it. It is the kind Messenger to take you from Sin and sorrow,
and to guide you to your Father's House. Things present are
yours, for your support On the Road; things to come are yours,
to delight you for ever at your Journey's End. If we belong to
Christ, and are true to him, all good belongs to us, and is sure
to us. Believers are the subjects of his kingdom. He is Lord
over us, we must own his dominion, and cheerfully submit to his
command. God in Christ, reconciling a sinful world to himself,
and pouring the riches of his Grace On a reconciled world, is
the sum and substance of the Gospel.

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