1 Corinthians 3:5
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New International Version
What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe--as the Lord has assigned to each his task.

New Living Translation
After all, who is Apollos? Who is Paul? We are only God's servants through whom you believed the Good News. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us.

English Standard Version
What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each.

Berean Study Bible
What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? They are servants through whom you believed, as the Lord has assigned to each his role.

Berean Literal Bible
Who then is Apollos? And who is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord has given to each.

New American Standard Bible
What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one.

King James Bible
Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? They are servants through whom you believed, and each has the role the Lord has given.

International Standard Version
Who is Apollos, anyhow? Or who is Paul? They're merely servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord gave to each of us his task.

NET Bible
What is Apollos, really? Or what is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, and each of us in the ministry the Lord gave us.

New Heart English Bible
What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, and each as the Lord gave to him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For who is Paulus or who is Apollo, but Ministers by whom you have believed? And each man is according to what THE LORD JEHOVAH has given him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Who is Apollos? Who is Paul? They are servants who helped you come to faith. Each did what the Lord gave him to do.

New American Standard 1977
What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Who then is Paul? and who is Apollos? but servants by whom ye believed, each one according to that which the Lord gave.

King James 2000 Bible
Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom you believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?

American King James Version
Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom you believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?

American Standard Version
What then is Apollos? and what is Paul? Ministers through whom ye believed; and each as the Lord gave to him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The ministers of him whom you have believed; and to every one as the Lord hath given.

Darby Bible Translation
Who then is Apollos, and who Paul? Ministering servants, through whom ye have believed, and as the Lord has given to each.

English Revised Version
What then is Apollos? and what is Paul? Ministers through whom ye believed; and each as the Lord gave to him.

Webster's Bible Translation
Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?

Weymouth New Testament
What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? They are just God's servants, through whose efforts, and as the Lord granted power to each, you accepted the faith.

World English Bible
Who then is Apollos, and who is Paul, but servants through whom you believed; and each as the Lord gave to him?

Young's Literal Translation
Who, then, is Paul, and who Apollos, but ministrants through whom ye did believe, and to each as the Lord gave?
Study Bible
God's Fellow Workers
4For when one of you says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere men? 5What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? They are servants through whom you believed, as the Lord has assigned to each his role. 6I planted the seed and Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.…
Cross References
Acts 18:24
Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, well versed in the Scriptures.

Acts 19:1
While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the interior and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples

Romans 12:6
We have different gifts according to the grace given us. If someone's gift is prophecy, let him use it in proportion to his faith;

Romans 15:16
to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an acceptable offering to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 3:10
By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise master builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one must be careful how he builds.

1 Corinthians 3:22
whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future. All of them belong to you,

1 Corinthians 16:12
Now about our brother Apollos: I strongly urged him to go to you with the brothers. He was not at all inclined to go now, but he will go when he has the opportunity.

2 Corinthians 3:3
It is clear that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

2 Corinthians 3:6
And He has qualified us as ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

2 Corinthians 4:1
Therefore, since we have this ministry through the mercy of God, we do not lose heart.
Treasury of Scripture

Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom you believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?

ministers.

1 Corinthians 3:7 So then neither is he that plants any thing, neither he that waters; …

1 Corinthians 4:1,2 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards …

Luke 1:2 Even as they delivered them to us, which from the beginning were …

Romans 10:14,15 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and …

2 Corinthians 3:6 Who also has made us able ministers of the new testament; not of …

2 Corinthians 4:5,7 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves …

2 Corinthians 6:1,4 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that you …

2 Corinthians 11:23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labors …

even.

1 Corinthians 3:10 According to the grace of God which is given to me, as a wise master …

1 Corinthians 9:17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against …

1 Corinthians 12:4-11,28 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit…

Matthew 25:15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; …

John 3:27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given …

Romans 12:3-6 For I say, through the grace given to me, to every man that is among …

1 Peter 4:10 As every man has received the gift, even so minister the same one …

(5) The Apostle now proceeds to explain (1Corinthians 3:5-9) what is the true position and work of Christian ministers. He asserts that all alike--both those who teach the simpler truths, and those who build up upon that primary knowledge--are only instruments in God's hand; and in 1Corinthians 3:10-15 (replying to those who sneered at and despised his simple teaching as compared to the higher instruction of Apollos) he points out that though all are only instruments used by God, yet that if there be any difference of honour or utility in the various kinds of work for which God so uses His ministers, the greater work is the planting the seed, or the laying the foundation. There can be only one foundation--it is alike necessary and unvarying--many others may build upon it, with varied material and with different results.

Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos.--Better, What then is Apollos? what is Paul? and to these abrupt and startling questions the answer is, "Merely those whom Christ used, according as He gave to each his own peculiar powers as the means of your conversion." (Such is the force of the word "believed" here as in Romans 13:11). It is therefore absurd that you should exalt them into heads of parties. They are only instruments--each used as the great Master thought best.

Verses 5-15. - The one foundation and the diverse superstructure. Verse 5. - Who then is Paul? The better reading is what? (א, A, B). The neuter would imply a still greater depreciation of the importance of human ministers. Ministers. The same word as that rendered "deacons" (diakonoi); "ministers of Christ on your behalf" (Colossians 1:7). Through whom ye believed. Through whom," not "in whom" (Bengel). They were merely the instruments of your conversion. In the second Epistle (2 Corinthians 3:3) he calls them "the epistle of Christ ministered by us written... with the Spirit of the living God." As the Lord gave to him. The gifts differ according to the grace given (Romans 12:6). Who then is Paul? and who is Apollos?.... The apostle's name being used, and he a party concerned, could speak the more freely upon this head, and ask what they thought of himself, and other preachers, whether they were more than men? what authority and power they had, whether they looked upon them as the authors of a new religion, or the founders of a new sect, that were to go by their names? and directs them what light to consider them in, how that they were

but ministers by whom ye believed: they were servants to Christ and to his churches, and not lords; they did not assume any dominion over men, or pretend to lord it over God's heritage; there is but one Lord and master, and that is Christ, whom they served, and taught others to obey; they were only instrumental in the hand of God, by whom souls were directed, encouraged, and brought to believe in Christ; as for faith itself, that is the gift of God, the operation of his power, and of which Christ is the author and finisher; they laid no claim to this as their work, or imagined they had any dominion over it; that they could either implant it, or increase it of themselves; but thought it honour enough done them, that it came by their ministry; and that that, and the joy of it, were helped and furthered by their means: the Vulgate Latin version reads, "his ministers whom ye believed"; that is, the ministers of Christ, whom they believed in; not in the ministers, but Christ; the Arabic version renders it, "but two ministers, by whom ye believed"; referring to Paul and Apollos, who are meant:

even as the Lord gave to every man; gifts to minister with, and success to his ministry; making him useful to this and the other man, to bring him to the faith of Christ; all which is owing to the free grace and sovereign good will and pleasure of God. 5. Who then—Seeing then that ye severally strive so for your favorite teachers, "Who is (of what intrinsic power and dignity) Paul?" If so great an apostle reasons so of himself, how much more does humility, rather than self-seeking, become ordinary ministers!

Paul … Apollos—The oldest manuscripts read in the reverse order, "Apollos," etc. Paul." He puts Apollos before himself in humility.

but ministers, etc.—The oldest manuscripts have no "but." "Who is Apollos … Paul? (mere) ministers (a lowly word appropriate here, servants), by whom (not "in whom"; by whose ministrations) ye believed."

as … Lord gave to every man—that is, to the several hearers, for it was God that "gave the increase" (1Co 3:6).3:5-9 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.
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