1 Corinthians 3
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The Problem of Immaturity

1For my part, brothers and sisters, I was not able to speak to you as spiritual people but as people of the flesh, as babies in Christ.a 2I gave you milk to drink, not solid food, since you were not yet ready for it. In fact, you are still not ready, 3because you are still worldly. For since there is envya and strifea b among you, are you not worldly and behaving like mere humans? 4For whenever someone says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,”a are you not acting like mere humans?

The Role of God’s Servants

5What then is Apollos? What is Paul? They are servants through whom you believed, and each has the role the Lord has given. 6I planted,a Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7So, then, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8Now he who plants and he who waters are one,A and each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 9For we are God’s coworkers.A You are God’s field, God’s building.a

10According to God’s grace that was given to me, I have laid a foundation as a skilled master builder,A and another builds on it. But each one is to be careful how he builds on it. 11For no one can lay any foundationa other than what has been laid down. That foundation is Jesus Christ. 12If anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver,a costly stones,b wood, hay, or straw, 13each one’s work will become obvious. For the day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire;a the fire will test the quality of each one’s work.b 14If anyone’s work that he has built survives, he will receive a reward. 15If anyone’s work is burned up, he will experienceA loss, but he himself will be saveda — but only as through fire.b

16Don’t you yourselves know that you are God’s templea and that the Spirit of God lives in you?b 17If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him;a for God’s temple is holy,b and that is what you are.

The Folly of Human Wisdom

18Let no one deceivea himself. If anyone among you thinks he is wise in this age,b let him become a foolc so that he can become wise.d 19For the wisdom of this world is foolishnessa with God, since it is written,b He catches the wise in their craftiness;c d 20and again, The Lord knows that the reasoningsa of the wise are futile.b c 21So let no one boast in human leaders, for everything is yoursa —  22whether Paul or Apollos or Cephasa or the world or lifeb or deathc or things present or things to comed — everything is yours, 23and you belong to Christ,a and Christ belongs to God.

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