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1 Corinthians Chapter 3:1-23.

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1 Corinthians 3

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3:1 And the teaching I gave you, my brothers, was such as I was able to give, not to those who have the Spirit, but to those who are still in the flesh, even to children in Christ.

3:2 I gave you milk and not meat, because you were, then, unable to take it, and even now you are not able;

3:3 Because you are still in the flesh: for when there is envy and division among you, are you not still walking after the way of the flesh, even as natural men?

3:4 For when one says, I am of Paul; and another says, I am of Apollos; are you not talking like natural men?

3:5 What then is Apollos? and what is Paul? They are but servants who gave you the good news as God gave it to them.

3:6 I did the planting, Apollos did the watering, but God gave the increase.

3:7 So then the planter is nothing, and the waterer is nothing; but God who gives the increase.

3:8 Now the planter and the waterer are working for the same end: but they will have their separate rewards in the measure of their work.

3:9 For we are workers with God: you are God's planting, God's building.

3:10 In the measure of the grace given to me, I, as a wise master-builder, have put the base in position, and another goes on building on it. But let every man take care what he puts on it.

3:11 For there is no other base for the building but that which has been put down, which is Jesus Christ.

3:12 But on the base a man may put gold, silver, stones of great price, wood, dry grass, cut stems;

3:13 Every man's work will be made clear in that day, because it will be tested by fire; and the fire itself will make clear the quality of every man's work.

3:14 If any man's work comes through the test, he will have a reward.

3:15 If the fire puts an end to any man's work, it will be his loss: but he will get salvation himself, though as by fire.

3:16 Do you not see that you are God's holy house, and that the Spirit of God has his place in you?

3:17 If anyone makes the house of God unclean, God will put an end to him; for the house of God is holy, and you are his house.

3:18 Let no man have a false idea. If any man seems to himself to be wise among you, let him become foolish, so that he may be wise.

3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolish before God. As it is said in the holy Writings, He who takes the wise in their secret designs:

3:20 And again, The Lord has knowledge of the reasonings of the wise, that they are nothing.

3:21 So let no one take pride in men. For all things are yours;

3:22 Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;

3:23 And you are Christ's; and Christ is God's.

 

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