1 Corinthians 3:1-23

3  And on my part, brothers, I could not speak to you as spiritual men but as flesh men, as infants in Christ. 2  I fed you milk, not regular food, for as yet you did not have the capability; why, even now you do not. 3  For you are still fleshly. For where there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not fleshly and walking in human fashion? 4  For when one says “I am a Paul man,” but another “I an Apollos man,” are you not human? 5  What is Apollos, then? And what is Paul? Servitors through whom you believed; and each as the Lord gave to him: 6  I did the setting out, Apollos the watering, but God made the growth. 7  So that neither the setter-out is anything nor the waterer, but God who makes the growth. 8  And the setter-out and the waterer are one. But each will get his pay appropriately to his labor. 9 * For we are God’s assistants; you are God’s farm—God’s building. 10  In accordance with the grace given to me, like a wise master-builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But let each one look out how he builds on it. 11  For nobody can lay any other foundation beside the one that has been laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 * But if one builds onto the foundation gold, silver, fine stones, wood, weed-stalks, straw, 13 * each man’s work will show up. For the day will reveal it, because in fire it is disclosed, and the very fire will test what sort of work each man’s is. 14  If anyone’s work that he built on it stands, he will receive payment; 15  if anyone’s work burns up, he will be the loser, but he will himself come safe through, but in such fashion as one comes through a fire. 16  Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and God’s Spirit makes its home in you? 17  If anybody undoes God’s temple, God will undo him. For God’s temple is sacred; and you are it. 18  Let nobody deceive himself. If anybody thinks he is a wise one among you, in these times let him become a fool in order that he may come to be wise; 19  for this world’s wisdom is foolishness in the presence of God, for it is written “he who clutches the wise in the midst of their shiftiness” 20  and again “The Lord knows wise men’s ponderings to be futile.” 21  Consequently let nobody boast about men. For everything belongs to you, 22  be it Paul or Apollos or Cephas or world or life or death or present or future: everything belongs to you, 23  and you to Christ, and Christ to God.


3:9 Lit. we are assistants of God’s; you are a farm of God’s, a building of God’s
3:12 Lit. high-priced stones
3:13 Or and each man’s work, what sort it is, the fire will test it