Laborers Together with God
1And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. 2#Heb 5.12,13. 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. 3For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? 4#1 Cor 1.12. For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apol´los; are ye not carnal?
5Who then is Paul, and who is Apol´los, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? 6#Acts 18.4-11; Acts 18.24-28. I have planted, Apol´los watered; but God gave the increase. 7So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. 8Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labor. 9For we are laborers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.
10According 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. 11For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13every 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. 14If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
16 # 1 Cor 6.19; 2 Cor 6.16. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
18Let 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. 19#Job 5.13. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God: for it is written,
He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
20 # Ps 94.11. And again,
The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise,
that they are vain.
21Therefore let no man glory in men: for all things are yours; 22whether Paul, or Apol´los, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; 23and ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's.