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1 Corinthians 3

 

 

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Introduction
1Milk is fit for children.
3Strife and division, arguments of a fleshly mind.
7He that planteth and he that watereth, are nothing.
9The ministers are God's fellow-workmen.
11Christ the only foundation.
16Men the temples of God, which must be kept holy.
19The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.

Verse 1
And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
as unto spiritual
2:6,15; Galatians 6:1
as unto carnal
3,4; 2:14; Matthew 16:23; Romans 7:14
babes
14:20; Ephesians 4:13,14; 1 John 2:12

Verse 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.
fed
Hebrews 5:12-14; 1 Peter 2:2
for
John 16:12; Hebrews 5:11,12

Verse 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?
for whereas
1:11; 6:1-8; 11:18; 2 Corinthians 12:20; Galatians 5:15,19-21; James 3:16; 4:1,2
divisions
or, factions. and walk.
Hosea 6:7; Mark 7:21,22; Ephesians 2:2,3; 4:22-24; Titus 3:3; 1 Peter 4:2
as men
Gr. according to man.

Verse 4
For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
1:12; 4:6

Verse 5
Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
ministers
7; 4:1,2; Luke 1:2; Romans 10:14,15; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 4:5,7; 6:1,4; 11:23
even
10; 9:17; 12:4-11,28; Matthew 25:15; John 3:27; Romans 12:3-6; 1 Peter 4:10

Verse 6
I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
I
9,10; 4:14,15; 9:1,7-11; 15:1-11; Acts 18:4-11; 2 Corinthians 10:14,15
Apollos
Proverbs 11:25; Acts 18:24,26,27; 19:1
God
1:30; 15:10; Psalms 62:9,11; 92:13-15; 127:1; Isaiah 55:10,11; 61:11; Acts 11:18; 14:27; 16:14; 21:19; Romans 15:18; 2 Corinthians 3:2-5; 1 Thessalonians 1:5

Verse 7
So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
13:2; Psalms 115:1; Isaiah 40:17; 41:29; Daniel 4:35; John 15:5; 2 Corinthians 12:9; Galatians 6:3

Verse 8
Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
he that planteth
9; 4:6; John 4:36-38
and every
4:5; 9:17,18; 15:58; Psalms 62:12; Daniel 12:3; Matthew 5:11,12; 10:41,42; 16:27; Romans 2:6; Galatians 6:7,8; Hebrews 6:10; 1 Peter 5:4; 2 John 1:8; Revelation 2:23; 22:12

Verse 9
For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.
we
6; Matthew 9:37; Mark 16:20; 2 Corinthians 6:1; 3 John 1:8
ye are God's
Psalms 65:9-13; 72:16; 80:8-11; Isaiah 5:1-7; 27:2,3; 28:24-29; 32:20; Isaiah 61:3,5,11; Jeremiah 2:21; Matthew 13:3-9,18-30,36-42; 20:1-14; 21:23-44; Mark 4:26-29; John 4:35-38; 15:1-8
husbandry
or, tillage. ye are God's building.
16; 6:19; Psalms 118:22; Amos 9:11,12; Zechariah 6:12,13; Matthew 16:18; Acts 4:11; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 2:10,20-22; Colossians 2:7; 1 Timothy 3:15; Hebrews 3:3,4,6; 1 Peter 2:5

Verse 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.
to the
5; 15:10; Romans 1:5; 12:3; 15:15; Ephesians 3:2-8; Colossians 1:29; 1 Timothy 1:11-14; 1 Peter 4:11
as a
1 Kings 3:9-11; 2 Chronicles 2:12; Daniel 12:3; Matthew 7:24; 24:45; 2 Timothy 2:15
I have
6,11; 9:2; Zechariah 4:9; Romans 15:20; Ephesians 2:20; Revelation 21:14,19
and another
15:11,12; Acts 18:27; 2 Corinthians 10:15; 11:13-15
But let every
Ecclesiastes 12:9; Luke 11:35; 21:8; Colossians 4:17; 1 Timothy 4:16; James 3:1; *Gr:; 1 Peter 4:11; 2 Peter 2:1-3

Verse 11
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 28:16; Matthew 16:18; Acts 4:11,12; 2 Corinthians 11:2-4; Galatians 1:7-9; Ephesians 2:20; 2 Timothy 2:19; 1 Peter 2:6-8

Verse 12
Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
gold
Psalms 19:10; 119:72; Proverbs 8:10; 16:16; Isaiah 60:17; 1 Timothy 4:6; 2 Timothy 2:20; 1 Peter 1:7; Revelation 3:18
precious
Isaiah 54:11-13; Revelation 21:18
wood
Proverbs 30:6; Jeremiah 23:28; Matthew 15:6-9; Acts 20:30; Romans 16:17; 2 Corinthians 2:17; 4:2; Colossians 2:8,18-23; 1 Timothy 4:1-3,7; 6:3; 2 Timothy 2:16-18; 3:7,13; 4:3; Titus 1:9-11; 3:9-11; Hebrews 13:9; Revelation 2:14

Verse 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.
man's
14,15; 4:5; 2 Timothy 3:9
the day
1:8; Malachi 3:17; Romans 2:5,16; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; 2 Timothy 1:18; 2 Peter 3:10; Revelation 20:12
shall be revealed
Gr. is revealed.
Luke 2:35
and the fire
Isaiah 8:20; 28:17; Jeremiah 23:29; Ezekiel 13:10-16; Zechariah 13:9; 1 Peter 1:7; 4:12

Verse 14
If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
8; 4:5; Daniel 12:3; Matthew 24:45-47; 25:21-23; 1 Thessalonians 2:19; 2 Timothy 4:7; 1 Peter 5:1,4; Revelation 2:8-11

Verse 15
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
work
12,13; Revelation 3:18
he shall
Acts 27:21,44; 2 John 1:8
yet
Amos 4:11; Zechariah 3:2; 1 Peter 4:18; Jude 1:23

Verse 16
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
Know
5:6; 6:2,3,9,16,19; 9:13,24; Romans 6:3; James 4:4
ye are
2 Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 2:21,22; Hebrews 3:6; 1 Peter 2:5
the Spirit
Ezekiel 36:27; John 14:17; Romans 8:11; 2 Timothy 1:14; 1 John 4:12,15,16

Verse 17
If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
any
6:18-20; Leviticus 15:31; 20:3; Numbers 19:20; Psalms 74:3; 79:1; Ezekiel 5:11; 7:22; Ezekiel 23:38,39; Zephaniah 3:4
defile
or. destroy. for.
Genesis 28:17; Exodus 3:5; 1 Chronicles 29:3; Psalms 93:5; 99:9; Isaiah 64:11; Ezekiel 43:12

Verse 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.
deceive
6:9; 15:33; Proverbs 5:7; Isaiah 44:20; Jeremiah 37:9; Luke 21:8; Galatians 6:3,7; Ephesians 5:6; 2 Timothy 3:13; Titus 3:3; James 1:22,26; 1 John 1:8
If
1:18-21; 4:10; 8:1,2; Proverbs 3:5,7; 26:12; Isaiah 5:21; Jeremiah 8:8; Romans 11:25; Romans 12:16
let
Matthew 18:4; Mark 10:15; Luke 18:17

Verse 19
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
the wisdom
1:19,20; 2:6; Isaiah 19:11-14; 29:14-16; 44:25; Romans 1:21,22
For
Job 5:13
He
Exodus 1:10; 18:11; 2 Samuel 15:31; 16:23; 17:14,23; Esther 7:10; Psalms 7:14,15; Psalms 9:15,16; 141:10

Verse 20
And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
the lord
Psalms 94:11
that
Job 11:11,12; Psalms 2:1; Romans 1:21; Colossians 2:8

Verse 21
Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;
glory
4-7; 1:12-17; 4:6; Jeremiah 9:23,24
For
Romans 4:13; 8:28,32; 2 Corinthians 4:5,15; Revelation 21:7

Verse 22
Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;
Paul
5-8; 9:19-22; 2 Corinthians 4:5; Ephesians 4:11,12
or the
Romans 8:37-39; Philippians 1:21

Verse 23
And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's.
ye
6:19,20; 7:22; 15:23; John 17:9,10; Romans 14:8; 2 Corinthians 10:7; Galatians 3:29; 5:24
and Christ
8:6; 11:3; Matthew 17:5; John 17:18,21; Ephesians 1:10; Philippians 2:8-11

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 3:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/1-corinthians-3.html.

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Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019
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