Divisions in the Church

1 Corinthians 3

1 And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to a babes in Christ. 2 I fed you with b milk and not with solid food; c for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; 3 for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and 1 behaving like mere men? 4 For when one says, "I am of Paul," and another, "I am of Apollos," are you not carnal?

5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but d ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? 6 e I planted, f Apollos watered, g but God gave the increase. 7 So then h neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. 8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one, i and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 9 For j we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, you are k God's building.

10 l According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid m the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than n that which is laid, o which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one's work will become clear; for the Day p will declare it, because q it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone's work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone's work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

16 r Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone 2 defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

18 s Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, t "He catches the wise in their own craftiness"; 3 20 and again, u "The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile." 4 21 Therefore let no one boast in men. For v all things are yours: 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come - all are yours. 23 And w you are Christ's, and Christ is God's.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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